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Overcoming Turbulent Emotions: The Union of Mindfulness, Vipassana and Compassion

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - December 16 @ 11:00 am UTC-8

Overcoming Turbulent Emotions

The Unity of Mindfulness, Vipassana and Compassion

with Lama Mark Webber  

at Villa Sumaya, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

 — 8 December to 16 December, 2018 —

Please join Lama Mark in December 2018 for an eight day discovery of how turbulent emotions can be overcome through penetrative awareness, called special Vipassana.
Held at Villa Sumaya in the tropical region of Lake Atilan, the retreat is surrounded by three volcanos, open big sky and water views.

Utilizing classic teachings and practices of Abhidharma, Vipassana and Dzogchen, we will learn about how the mind settles, with active compassion, then learn to clearly experience afflictive states as an arising—but know it is none other than the nature of our innate luminous clear mind.

Discovering that all our afflictive states and confusion are none other than the energy display of the mind—and ultimately pure—is a momentous discovery. The discovery is infinite compassion and profoundly freeing. Though hidden for a time, innate purity of awareness is what we have all day and night. It is as close as our nose. We just have to listen, study, reflect and meditate to see it. We can all discover this ever present primordial awake mind and gain confidence by practice. Lama Mark will give descriptions of the differences between tranquility, mindfulness and Insight (Vipassana) meditation, special Vipassana and the Buddhist stages of liberation, freedom and great compassion.

The teachings and practices:

1) Setting forth a profound intention: the importance of preliminary and concluding practices and contemplations,
2) Introducing relative and ultimate bodhicitta (Enlightenment mind)-relative and ultimate compassion—a transmission and explanation of The Thirty-Seven Things that Bodhisattvas Do, by Thogme-Zangpo,
3) Calming the mind by attention to breath sensation and utilizing body movements,
4) Practicing the Seven Factors of Enlightenment,
5) Merging the intention of bodhicitta with a full mindfulness practice
6) Practicing drawing images on water (Vipassana with support)
7) The Vajrasattva meditation, a practice by Terton Mebar Rinchen Phuntsog (16th cent.) to reveal the innate purity of mind.

There will be opportunities for interviews with the teacher.

To register, please contact: reservations@villasumaya.com and www.villasumaya.com

Costs: By donation for the Lama’s teaching and generosity
— for accommodation and food, please inquire at reservations@villasumaya.com

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.

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December 8 @ 7:00 pm
December 16 @ 11:00 am


Villa Sumaya


Villa Sumaya
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala Guatemala + Google Map
+502 4026 1390