Guided meditation, a Dharma talk, and time for discussion offered by Natural Dharma Fellowship and Wonderwell Mountain Refuge. Open to everyone—please join us for inspiration, practice, and community.
Chris Crotty, Leslie Booker
Wisdom and compassion balance each other, and the world needs both. Through insight meditation we quiet the mind and investigate its true nature. With the mind made calm and stable we enjoy the peace of non-attachment, and with wisdom as the basis for compassion we undertake our whole life with great care. On this retreat, we will practice insight and compassion through meditation periods which may include the “four postures:” sitting, standing, laying down, and walking. Dharma reflections will explore the application of wisdom and compassion in meditation as well as daily life, emphasizing how compassion can provide a direct path to engage the suffering of the world as well as our own freedom.
We are delighted to welcome Acharya Lama Gursam back to Wonderwell NDF to share his insight into the teachings of the Seven Points of Mind Training, composed by Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje, based on the root teachings of the Bengali master, Atisa.
Lama Gursam will lead us through an exploration of how these seven points elucidate the essence of the Dharma path. He will show us to draw on the deep well of our own awakened essence of compassion and wisdom through such practices as exchanging self for other, Lojong, and other methods of developing the brilliant mind of awakening that can genuinely offer loving kindness and support for all beings. In addition, we will consider how these important instructions can be applied on the spot to whatever situations of suffering or distress we may encounter.
Lama Liz Monson
2020’s Dharma Sundays and Open Practice Weekends focus on the Buddhist topic of the Ten Fetters. The Ten Fetters are a description of the psychological, intellectual, and emotional phenomena that tie us to suffering. However, rather than explore these ten elements as “fetters”, we will instead explore their opposites – the ways that each of these chains, when recognized and resolved, can lead us to peace, relaxation, and realization of how to live sanely and compassionately with ourselves and others.