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Bodhicitta & Emptiness & Empowerment of White Tara

August 4 @ 9:00 am - August 6 @ 11:30 am UTC-8

An Invitation from Island Dharma

 

Bodhicitta & Emptiness Empowerment of White Tara

 

Lama Mark Webber  (Lama Yongdu Gyaltsen)

 

August 4, 5 and 6th, 2018, 

Nanaimo, B.C. , Bethlehem Retreat Centre

Non-Residential retreat

 

Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of understanding and meditating on Bodhicitta and Emptiness. These teachings are open to all.

Saturday morning, August 4, 9:00 – 11:00 am – Teaching on Emptiness

This morning session will include teaching, explanations, and meditations on the nature of Emptiness. Lama Mark will give guidance on this most important aspect of all Buddhist teachings and meditations. A study guide written by Lama Mark, called Approaching Emptiness will be available. He will also give preparation instructions and guidance for the rest of the weekend classes.

Saturday Afternoon 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Saturday evening 7:00 – 9 pm &

Sunday August 5 9:00 – 11:00 am  – Teaching on Bodhicitta

Bodhicitta is the search for primordial wisdom, the enlightenment mind. Bodhicitta is infinitely vast and astounding in its manifestations, yet has a singular nature of the complete wisdom mind. Over three sessions, in order to illuminate Bodhicitta, Lama Mark will gradually give a reading transmission and explanations of the 1959 text, The Jewel Lamp, 356 verses composed by Khunu Lama Gyaltsen Rinpoche.

Sunday Evening, August 5th, 7:30 pm: Empowerment of White Tara. Opening the door to longevity and realizing the deathless primordial wisdom mind.

Monday Morning August 6th, 9:30 – 11:30 am: reading transmission and explanations of the White Tara practice text.

This will be a non-residential retreat. You will arrive by 8:30 am on Saturday, August 4th for a full day of teaching and practice that begins at 9am. Lunch and dinner are provided. On Sunday, there is a morning class. The afternoon is free for solo practice. Lunch and dinner are provided. Sunday evening is the empowerment of White Tara, a Tibetan Tantric meditation practice. Monday morning Lama Mark will offer teaching on how to practice this precious White Tara meditation.

Contact: Cheryl Blakke Martin at islanddharmaretreats@gmail.com with questions or to register

 

Lama Mark (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for over forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. More recently under the guidance and request of Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been teaching principally the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.
Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism.
His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.

 

For more information about Lama Mark please see:

http://www.markwebber.org

www.facebook.com/lamamarkwebber/

http://dharmacentre.org.nz/lama-mark-webber/

http://crystalmountain.org

www.facebook.com/NamgyalYangzab/

For more information about Island Dharma, please see

www.islanddharma.com

 

Logistics-

What to Bring/Wear?

Yoga mat or blanket
Cushion or meditation bench
Chairs will be available to those who need them Wear modest, comfortable clothing
Covered water bottle
Tea and coffee will be available at the centre
Pen and Notebook 
a copy of the recommended book, Vast as the Heavens and Deep as the Sea – Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta by Khunu Rinpoche (1999, Wisdom Publications)

Registration Fee

In an effort to cover retreat costs (including facility rental for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, study supplies, and Lama Mark’s accommodation, travel and food) there is registration fee of $95.00 (*$75.00 – senior, student, or low income rate). Please note, no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Dana for the Teacher

Lama Mark offering the Dharma here on Vancouver Island is a rare and auspicious opportunity to receive teachings and explorations about the Path of Awakening. As is traditional, the teachings of Buddha Dharma are offered freely – Lama Mark receives no fee. However, there is an opportunity for students to show their gratitude for the teachings and to help support the teacher. Dana (generosity for the teacher) will be gratefully accepted (cash/cheque).

Location

Bethlehem Retreat Centre

2371 Arbot Road 

Nanaimo B.C. V9R 6S9

Register now –

As space for this non-residential weekend retreat is limited, please register in advance by emailing Cheryl Blakke Martin at

islanddharmaretreats@gmail.com

Details

Start:
August 4 @ 9:00 am
End:
August 6 @ 11:30 am

Organizer

Cheryl Blakke Martin
Email:
islanddharmaretreats@gmail.com

Venue

Bethlehem Retreat Centre
2371 Arbot Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 6S9 Canada
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