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Three Stages of Ever Deepening Mindfulness: Essential Pointers for unifying meditation practice and daily living, Queenstown, NZ

May 24, 2013 @ 8:00 am June 10, 2013 @ 5:00 pm UTC-8

An Urban Retreat taught by Lama Mark Webber

  • Three evening classes open to the public at 7:30 pm:
  • Friday 24th: What is mindfulness? How do we cultivate it? What supports deepening mindfulness? What we are learning from the field of neuropsychology.
  • Saturday 25th: What are the Four Foundations of Mindfulness? Developing Calm and Insight. What is real Insight knowledge?
  • Sunday 26th: Teachings on mindfulness and the nature of mind from the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions.
  • The retreat duration is May 24-June 4th. Morning and afternoon sessions are closed to the public. Retreatants also attend the three public evening classes.

We are fortunate to have Lama Mark Webber lead us in meditations and give teachings on the many facets of classic Buddhist mindfulness training and as they relate to some discoveries in neuropsychology. He will explain in detail the Buddha’s classic discourse called The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the necessity having a basis of Loving-kindness. Lama Mark will connect this essential training to the approaches found in the Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions (includes engendering Bodhicitta, Generation and Completion Stage Yogas).

Lama Mark writes: “Without developing a high degree of mindfulness, concentration does not get very strong and for sure, Insight (Vipassana) into the nature of self and phenomena will be scattered at best. Our organisms are highly attentive, moment by moment to inner and outer things, even if the “we” is not. Why not allow the natural attentiveness open to conscious awareness? It is quite straightforward—one must train—but mindfulness requires a good deal more than technique. One must really understand where one is headed. However, to discover the natural mindfulness or lucid awareness, it requires us to make discoveries and relax into non-clinging. And this art must be taught. Non-clinging is inherent in every moment of awareness. Let’s learn to wake this up. When we deepen this Insight with compassion it’s one of the most intelligent, loving activities we could ever cultivate.”

June 4 – 7.30 pm: Zambala Yab-Yum Empowerment
Authorization to practice a powerful meditation to bring about a unity of generosity and wisdom, gathering richness of all kinds, wealth, and the ability to unfold what ever one wishes

Extended Teaching Schedule:

June 8 – 7:30 pm: “On Healing” (open public teaching)
June 9 – 9:30 am: Medicine Buddha Empowerment & Blessing the Medicine Buddha Shrine at the Queenstown Dharma House.
6:30 pm: Farewell & Potluck
7:30 pm: Teachings on Medicine BuddhaPlease arrive 15 minutes early to all Empowerments and Classes to allow time for you to settle in.

For more information or for registration, please email: info@dharmacentre.org.nz or visit: www.dharmahouse.org.nz

Queenstown Dharma House, New Zealand