This day is about “Letting go,” as a practice, and as a refuge. On this day, you have a chance to receive the present of presence. It is an invitation to stop searching, striving, struggling, resisting, hoping, avoiding, planning, wanting, etc., and to rest in the the “timeless moment we call ‘now.” When was the last time you really rested?
Lama Samten will provide instruction in walking, sitting, and lying meditation and you will have ample opportunity to let go of expectation and effort, and rest deeply in your own wisdom/compassion essence.
“As human beings, we have a wonderful capacity to see what life is. I don’t know if any other animal has that ability. If we waste it and don’t truly practice, everyone with whom we come in contact feels the effects. That means our partners, our children, our parents, our friends. Practice isn’t something that we do just for ourselves. … As our life shifts into reality, everyone we meet shifts too. If anything can affect this suffering universe, this is it. ” – Charlotte Joko Beck
Thubten Samten Chödrön (Nyingje Norgang, PhD)
Nyingje learned to meditate as a teenager and it was so powerful for her that she wanted everyone to have this benefit. She has been teaching meditation in various forms throughout her life and looks forward to meditating with you. Before coming to Orgyan Dzong in 2012, Ani Samten studied and lived in several Dharma centres including Mindrolling Lotus Gardens, Gampo Abbey and Plum Village. Prior to ordination, Nyingje practiced and studied the Dharma and worked and taught meditation as a hospital chaplain, teacher (pre-school to University), and a therapist (in a women’s prison, a rape crisis centre, a women’s employment centre and private practice).
Food: Please bring a picnic lunch for yourself as well as any special drinks or snacks that you like. Tea and Coffee will be provided.
Fees: The fee for this retreat is to cover the centre’s costs. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered free of cost. You are welcome to make an offering to express gratitude for the teachings as your own practice of generosity.
Overnight Accommodation: This is a single day retreat; no accommodation is needed. If you choose to spend the night, you will have extra opportunity to practice in the supportive atmosphere of the temple and grounds of Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong. You may also enjoy the night sky in radiant splendour (weather permitting) far from city lights. The Perseids meteor shower is active from July 13- August 26th.
For those who wish to stay overnight, rooms in the retreat house are available on a limited basis at $30 (+HST) per night. Please contact us in advance to reserve a room to avoid disappointment. There are also a number of local accommodations available in the vicinity.