You are invited to a day of spiritual recreation. This is a day to explore and affirm the sacred feminine in your life, through re-creative experiences such as visualization, guided imagery work, art play, movement, and meditation. Experiencing the mandala of the five wisdom dakinis, you will have opportunities to compassionately meet your own obstructed energies and also to meet and embrace your own wisdom. This is both an occasion to delve into new approaches and to more deeply experience the power of the practices you are already doing.
Reading Lama Tsultrim Allione’s, Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine, I was drawn to offer something that would support us all in opening to the gifts of the wisdom dakinis, and really to the profound treasures hidden in plain sight in all the practices that we do. I was struck by how much the richness of these practices can be lost when we are striving to get it right, or hurrying to get it done, or doing it with great effort, but lacking connection with our feelings, or our wisdom mind. I offer this day to us all, as a supplication to re-claim or re-awaken our connection to our own sacred feminine and to re-cognize our Buddha nature.
“By regularly contacting these facets of sacred presence within me, I was deepening my faith in my own essential being. Realizing who we are fulfills our human potential. We intuit that we are more mysterious and vast than the small self we experience through our stories and changing emotions. As we learn to attend directly to our own awareness, we discover the timeless and wakeful space of our true nature.” Tara Brach, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
Thubten Samten Chödrön (Nyingje Norgang, PhD)
Ani Samten returned to Orgyan Dzong in 2016, after attending 3yr retreat at Dag Shang Kagyu in Spain. Prior to coming to Orgyan Dzong, Ani Samten studied and lived in several Dharma centres including Mindrolling Lotus Gardens, Gampo Abbey and Plum Village. Before ordination, Nyingje practiced and studied the Dharma and worked as a hospital chaplain, teacher (pre-school to University), and a therapist.
Fees:$40 includes materials. HST will be added. Please register in advance on-line to ensure your place and materials for this event.
Anyone for whom this fee discourages attendance at this event is encouraged to apply for a scholarship by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fee you see 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 Dharma, as your own practice of generosity.
Food: Please bring a picnic lunch for yourself and any special drinks or snacks that you need. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Equipment/Materials: Supplies for the art work etc are included in the fee. Please bring your own notebook and pen. Optional materials: If you wish to bring personal art materials, you are welcome to do so. If you have wisdom dakini coloured scarves (white, blue, yellow, red, green), it could be nice to have one or all with you. A wisdom dakini coloured shawl (or any shawl) might be handy depending on the weather.
Overnight Accommodation: This is a day workshop and no accommodation is required. If you wish, you are welcome to come the night before and/or stay the day after to enjoy the wonderful temple and spacious natural surroundings. The overnight fee is $30 plus HST paid separately through another form. You will have access to cooking facilities but must bring your own food.