Finding The Essence Of Our Natural Being
Retreat with Bar-ché Dorje and Mé-sèl Gyalmo
22nd - 29th of July 2016
During this week Bar-ché Dorje and Mé-sèl Gyalmo will introduce teachings and practices from different topics including:
Silent sitting meditation methods of Dzogchen sem-dé – the totality teaching of the ‘nature of Mind’. These methods of meditation are unique in that they explore the fundamental experience of being human at the most essential level of our perception.
A method in which the non-conceptual sensory experience of the voice provides the possibility of finding the presence of awareness in the dimension of sound and bodily sensation. Yogic song is a practice of Dzogchen. The equivalent Tibetan term is Dzogchen gar-dang.
The five elements
Earth, water, fire, air and space can be understood on many levels. We will explore how the manifestations of our emotionality are linked to the five elements and how through transformation the five elemental neuroses can turn into the five elemental wisdoms.
Bardo and Dream Yoga
Literally ‘in-between state’. Bardo refers often to the state between death and rebirth. However, every moment of experience is the bardo between what has gone before and what will come next. Such in-between moments are classified in various ways according to the nature of one’s awareness of them.
The Aro gTér practices of clear light, lucid dreaming and illusory wakefulness are techniques for finding self-luminous awareness in every moment of the day and night – whatever our state of consciousness. The practice of dream yoga allows access to ‘lucid dreams’ in which we are aware we are dreaming. Choosing to experience anything we can imagine – dreaming becomes a luminous adventure. The practice of illusory wakefulness connects powerfully with dream yoga through sitting meditation in waking consciousness, thus revealing the ‘one taste’ or essential sameness of experience in both waking and sleeping.
Chöd means ‘to sever’ – to sever the illusion that we are merely physical entities. By loosening the bonds of emotional attachment to our bodies, we are liberated from fear – which is the ultimate obstacle to spiritual realization. Through the practice of chöd we learn to dance ferociously and joyfully in the midst of chaos, horror and death – wheter literal death, or simply the death of our hopes.
To take refuge is to affirm your commitment to Buddhism. The refuge ceremony is a formal acknowledgement of this commitment. Refuge means that you have recognized the fundamental principles of Buddhism as an accurate reflection of reality and that you intent to live according to them.
Different psychophysical practices from the series of Dzogchen long-dé that have an effect on your life force, dynamic drive and enthusiasm.
In the mornings there will be a group practice session including the Four Naljors meditation and yogic song. Individual practice sessions will be included in the schedule as well.
There will be tantric transmissions for the practices of Tröma Nakmo and Machig Labdrön for the chöd practice and a Ling Gésar empowerment.
Celebration and Tsog
At the end of the retreat we will practice tsog and celebration.
We warmly invite you to join us on this event of ferocious enjoyment and fearless realism. Bar-ché Dorje and Mé-sèl Gyalmo are known for their easygoing and humorous style of teaching. They emphasize open and uplifting atmosphere for practice.
The retreat will begin on Friday the 22nd of July at 5pm with a dinner and conclude on Friday 29th of July after breakfast 10am
Whole event: 480 € / students, unemployed 390 €
All Aro gTer retreats are non-smoking events. Smokers are welcome to attend, but in accordance with Nyingma teaching, and Vajrayana Buddhism in general, we require participants to desist from the smoking of tobacco for the entire duration of the retreat – both on or off the premises where retreats are held. Tobacco in any form should not be brought to the retreat.