Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dzogchen Summer Retreat

Join The Venerable Younge Khachab Rinpoche and the YDL sangha in their annual Dzogchen retreat. This year Rinpoche will be transmitting the Dzogchen Longde (“Space Division”) cycle of teachings, the second of the three Dzogchen cycles. The Longde teachings emphasize emptiness, and in particular, the view that primordial awareness as well as all the phenomena that arise within that awareness are naturally free and pure. This enables the practitioner to gain certainty in their true nature by removing all doubts that this wisdom inherently exists. This is a rare and unique opportunity as the majority of Dzogchen teachings currently taught are on the first (Semde) and third (Menagde) cycles. Rinpoche, in his inimitably skillful style, will be distilling the essence of the Longde teachings in a direct and practical way throughout the retreat.

The retreat will be practice intensive, with meditation, Dzogchen teachings and guided instruction sessions throughout each day. Anyone is welcome to attend with a sincere interest in Buddhism and the Dzoghen teachings. As there will be many hours of meditation practice each day, prior experience with meditation and retreat is helpful, but not required. As Rinpoche will will not be giving this transmission again in the future, it is especially important for his long time students to attend. 

Friday, 31 May - Friday, 9 June
Registration begins 1pm on the 31th and program starts at 7pm; program ends 1pm on the 9th.
Required Participation:
Rinpoche would like to add depth to the Summer Retreat by having the participants live together and interact together for the retreat, allowing Rinpoche to teach higher and more in depth. Rinpoche has requested that the students attend the full retreat. No one will be allowed to come and go for the retreat.

Providence Zen Center
99 Pound Road
Cumberland, RI 02864

Each person is guaranteed a bed. The first 10 people to register and complete payment in full will get first choice on single rooms. All others will share a double room.

Three vegetarian meals a day are included in the fee for the retreat. Meals will be provided by the Providence Zen Center staff. We will eat together as a group in the dining hall.

Please notify us if you have any health conditions, food allergies or food restrictions. The kitchen will try and accommodate these but please only mention true dietary needs since the kitchen needs to keep meals as simple as possible in order to accommodate such a large crowd.

Center will provide all cushions for practicing.
Not permitted on the grounds: meat, including fish and poultry; alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs; firearms. Pets are not allowed.

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