Seeing Through Illusion: Awakening Ourselves & Awakening the World

Join our annual Dzogchen summer retreat July 24 – 26, 2020.  The retreat this year will be held online.  Come join us for an engaging, enlivening and awakening retreat, from the comfort of your own home.

Retreat offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in spiritual exploration and discovery, especially amidst the challenges of our day.

The timeless teachings from the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition of Dzogchen have been passed down in an unbroken lineage for over 14 centuries. These experiential instructions nakedly reveal the innate freedom of being, allowing us to bask in the radiant, spacious expanse of Awareness, fully present in every moment, through every circumstance.

We invite you to join Dzogchen lineage holder, best-selling author and spiritual activist Lama Surya Das, for a virtual weekend of awakening. This is a joyful opportunity to open your heart and mind to these precious Dzogchen pith instructions.

Lama Surya is a pioneer of Buddhism in the West and has dedicated his life to the transmission of Dzogchen. He has offered meditation retreats for over 30 years in a unique and directly accessible way. In this new world, framed by the need for healthy environments, we hope you will join as we continue Lama’s mission by taking a great leap of faith and offering our traditional summer retreat virtually.

The daily schedule will mirror our residential retreat, but allow plenty of time for rest and renewal between sessions. Lama Surya will offer dharma teachings and allow ample time for Q & A.  The program includes guided and silent meditation sessions, sky-gazing meditation, dharma talks, heart-opening chanting and uplifting Tibetan Energy Yoga.

All levels of meditators are welcome!

Lama Surya gently requests that Noble Silence be observed from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Honoring this sacred and ancient practice allows us a tranquil container and inner sanctum to explore the mind and deepen our experience to its fullest.

Registration

Registration does not include compensation for the teacher, which will be accepted in the traditional form of dana (voluntary donation) in honor of the teachings.

No one will be turned away for financial reasons. If you require financial assistance, please contact: Kathleen Albanese – kathleen@dzogchen.org

Schedule  (US East Coast Time)

Friday

Evening Session

  • 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM Welcoming and Opening Practice Instructions (90 min)

Saturday

Morning Session

  • 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM Tibetan Energy Yoga (45 Min)
  • 9:45 AM to 10:00 AM BREAK (15 min)
  • 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM Refuge Session (45 Min)
  • 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM BREAK (15 min)
  • 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM Teaching Session w/ Q & A (75 min)
  • 12:15 PM to  1:45 PM LUNCH BREAK (1.5 hr)

Afternoon Session

  • 1:45 PM  to 3:00 PM Dharma Talk (75 min)
  • 3:00 PM to 3:15 PM BREAK (15 min)
  • 3:15 PM to 4:00 PM Meditation Session (45 min)\
  • 4:00 PM to 4:15 PM BREAK (15 min)
  • 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM Break-out Rooms (60 min)

Evening Session

  • 7:15 to 8:00 PM Meditation and Chanting (45 min)

Sunday

Morning Session

  • 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM Tibetan Energy Yoga (45 Min)
  • 9:45 AM to 10:00  AM BREAK (15 min)
  • 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM Refuge Session (45 Min)
  • 10:45 AM to 11:00 AM BREAK (15 min)
  • 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM Teaching Session w/ Q & A (75 min)
  • 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM LUNCH BREAK (1.5 hr)

Afternoon Session

  • 1:45 PM  to 3:00 PM Dharma Talk (75 min)
  • 3:00 PM to 3:15 PM BREAK (15 min)
  • 3:15 PM to 3:45 PM Meditation Session (30 min)
  • 3:45 PM to 4:00 PM BREAK (15 min)
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Closing (60 min)

What To Expect

  • Live online retreat with Lama Surya Das, an engaging, dynamic, humorous, and insightful teacher.  Learn live from one of the most highly regarded Western meditation teachers.
  • Teaching – The rhythm of Lama Surya Das’ sessions involves chanting, guided meditation, oral pith instruction, teachings, and an extended question and answer session. Lama Surya’s methods transmit essential insights of the Dzogchen view in a direct and accessible manner. He uses the question and answer sessions to tailor the discussion to the particular needs of the students in the room, and he encourages everyone to bring their questions so that others can share in the benefit of the dialogue.
  • Meditation instruction – meditation instruction will be offered so there are no prerequisites to attend.
  • Tibetan energy yoga – every Dzogchen Center retreat offers powerful morning sessions of Tibetan Energy Yoga, a method to prepare the body for meditation. These simple and relaxing postures are led by senior students of Lama Surya Das who have developed personalized methods of integrating these ancient Indian exercises with present awareness.
  • Q & A – bring your questions about practice to the retreat.
  • Breakout rooms – space for more intimate question and answers, and discussion among a smaller group of people.
  • Chanting – Chanting involves the body, mind, and spirit; it utilizes intention, concentration, the breath, the heartbeat, chest, lungs, voice, tongue, mouth–our entire being. It is both relaxing and therapeutic, while providing direct access to meditative states and higher realms of subtle spiritual experience. It awakens our energy and can stimulate energetic and spiritual breakthroughs. It helps us open our throat and heart chakras and access the inexhaustible treasury of awareness and wisdom to be found there.
  • Lots of meditation practice. Each retreat has engaging meditation sessions in a group online setting.
  • Create a sacred space in your home for the weekend.  
  • Noble silence Lama Surya gently requests that Noble Silence  be observed from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. Honoring this sacred and ancient practice allows us a tranquil container and inner sanctum to explore the mind and deepen our experience to its fullest.
  • Prayer books and chanting. Prayer books will be shown on the Zoom screen so that you join in the chanting as you wish.