Friday, April 27
Sunday Daylong Intensives
Sunday, June 3, 10 AM - 4:00 PM
UCLA Haines HallLos Angeles
Choose One of Four Intensives
The Power of Intention
This workshop will focus on the practical meditation tools we need to develop a greater understanding of our intentions. When our outer world -- our commitments and actions -- reflect our inner values, there is unity in our life. To cultivate this, we practice becoming aware of and transforming our intentions. Intention is the link between the body and the mind, between compassion and wise action, between integrity and letting go.
About Sharon Salzberg...
Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and bestselling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the author of ten books including New York Times bestseller Real Happiness, her seminal work Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release by Flatiron Books, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to The Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour.
Co-meditations for Seeing Through the Illusion of Separateness:
From Me-ditation to We-ditation, Awakening Together
In these disconnected, plugged-in yet tuned-out times, this unity-yoga of converge-itation, inter-meditative interbeing-- which Lama Surya Das calls co-meditation, or inter-meditation—The We-Meditation, or We-ditation (not Me-ditation) is a simple joyful path to see through the illusion of separation. This can help you experience meaningful connectedness and the renowned one-taste of tantric Mahamudra and Dzogchen, the natural Great Perfection.
These practical inter-meditations and tantric exercises open portals to oneness in nature, with others, with your higher deepest power, and beyond notions such as distraction and concentration or the conceptual separation between the sacred and the mundane. Everything can be meditated. It's all grist for the mill, worthy of appreciation in its own way. Integrating the View, the bigger picture, the great perspective, with daily life is the Way, not seclusion or getting away from it all.
About Lama Surya Das...
Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “the American Lama”. Lama Surya has spent over forty five years studying Zen, Vipassana, Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia, including some the Dalai Lama’s own teachers. He is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order, a leading spokesperson for Buddhism and contemporary spirituality, a translator, poet, meditation master, chant master, and social-spiritual activist.
Lama Surya Das is the author of the international bestselling Awakening trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred and Awakening the Buddhist Heart, as well as his latest book Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation, and ten other books. In 1991 he established the Dzogchen Centers and Dzogchen Retreats and in 1993, with the Dalai Lama, he founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and regularly organizes its International Buddhist Teachers’ Conferences.
Today, Lama Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year. He is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post and Elephant Journal, as well as writing his own blog Ask The Lama.
Transform Your Emotional Patterns with the Five Dakinis
In this daylong retreat, you’ll meet the energies of the “five dakinis,” the dancing embodiments of feminine wisdom in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These dakinis manifest the sacred feminine energy that has been stripped from many religions and cultures — energy that is so desperately needed in the world today. You will meet the Mandala of the Five Dakinis, helping you to transform five constricting emotional patterns into power and strength.
This retreat is based on Lama Tsultrim Allione’s new book: Wisdom Rising: Journey into the Mandala of the Empowered Feminine (Simon & Schuster May 2018).
About Lama Tsultrim Allione...
Author and international teacher, is the founder and spiritual director of Tara Mandala. In 2009, Lama Tsultrim was selected by an esteemed committee of Buddhist scholars and practitioners to receive the International Outstanding Women in Buddhism Award given in Bangkok, Thailand.
At nineteen, in 1967, having read every book available at the time about Tibet, she traveled to Nepal and India with her college friend, now filmmaker, Victress Hitchcock, who created the film Blessings and When the Iron Bird Flies.
Meeting the Tibetan refugees in Nepal, Lama Tsultrim had a feeling that she was ‘home.’ She began to sit each morning in the Kagyu monastery (next to Swayambhu stupa) in Kathmandu and observe the rituals. At this time she was living with the American yogi, Bhagavan Dass. Dr. Richard Alpert, an eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr.Timothy Leary had also recently arrived. Alpert and Bhagavan Dass embarked on the famous journey to see Neem Keroli Baba, where Alpert became ‘Baba Ram Dass’, and documented this journey in his famous influential book Remember Be Here Now. After they departed, Lama Tsultrim left on an arduous journey, hitch-hiking across Northern India to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. After arriving in Dharamsala she began a lifelong study of Tibetan Buddhism.
Waking Up With Wisdom and Compassion
On the path to making a more equitable, just and aware world, we need to wake up to our own internal knowing. How we express ourselves externally comes from direct relationship to our own hearts and minds. Through clarity of heart and mind, we are capable of the greatest wisdom and compassion. We will practice mindfulness meditation together both in silence and through relational exercises so that we as compassionate partners can accomplish the path of non-harm.
About JoAnna Hardy...
JoAnna Hardy has been exploring and practicing multiple traditions since 1999. In 2005, her focus landed on Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. Helping communities and individuals that don’t typically have access to the traditional dharma settings, social/racial justice and building multicultural community is top on her list of priorities. She is an empowered teacher in the Spirit Rock, IMS lineage and Guiding Teacher of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.