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Lions Roar : May 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2006 109 DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST dzogchen the natural great perfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS Garrison, NY Summer July 15 – 30, 2006 Santa Rosa, CA Fall October 7 – 15, 2006 Garrison, NY Winter December 29, 2006 – January 7, 2007 Joshua Tree, CA Spring March 24 – April 1, 2007 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of the recently released Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection (Sounds True) and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be (Broadway Books). He is also the noted author of the Awakening Trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred, and Awakening the Buddhist Heart. Lama Surya Das is a Lineage Holder of the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rimé (non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. 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Box 197SS • Mt Tremper, NY 12457 • (845) 688-2228 • email@example.com See our award-winning web site at www.mro.org for a comprehensive overview of the MRO Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism less. Forty-five minutes of each is also fine. Later on you can sit longer and walk a bit less. On retreat, meditation lasts all day and evening. Meditators get up at four or five o’clock in the morning and stay up as late as they can, meditating. They often reduce their hours of sleep to four or even fewer. Often, too, the last meal of the day is eliminated and only tea is taken. This helps to increase the hours of practice and reduce sleepiness; it also adds whole- some volition by following the example of monks and nuns, whose precepts include forgoing the evening meal. Walking Meditation Instructions Choose a lane or path where you can walk up and down undisturbed. Divide one hour of walking meditation into three segments. For the first twenty minutes you can walk relatively fast. Note “left, right, left, right” while paying attention to the predominant sensation in the relevant legs and feet. For the next twenty minutes, walk a lit- tle slower. Note “lifting, placing” or “lift- ing, lowering” while paying close atten- tion only to the foot that is moving. When you note “lifting,” try to have the noting and the attention coincide at exactly the moment when the heel leaves the ground. When you note “placing” or “lowering,” start with the first moment of heaviness arising in the foot. Register the first touch on the ground and stick with the shift in weight until the foot is fully still. Then move your attention to the other foot, the one that is about to move. During the final twenty minutes, walk as slowly as possible. Note “lifting, mov- ing, placing” while paying attention to the moving foot only. The slower you go, the faster you will progress! During walking meditation, you will be aware of sensations or movement. There may be trembling or unsteadiness, espe- cially at first. The movement will not be continuous, and you may also experience slightly odd sensations. For example, you may feel as if you or your foot are being pushed. Practice restraint of the senses, not look- ing here and there. Nor is it necessary to look at the feet; just place your gaze a little