During this retreat, we will spend time developing this beautiful mind of refuge, our actual protection from all pain and problems. Through practicing refuge, we gradually build a stable peace in our mind, increase our experience of joy and freedom, and develop the confidence and strength to make authentic spiritual progress.
Nyungnay is one of our most precious Kadampa dharma jewels and as a center practice it comes around just once a year – on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day. We can spend two days with thousand-armed (eleven-faced) Avalokiteshvara – ‘Mahakaruna’ – the nature of our Guru’s great compassion, making exquisite offerings, praises and prostrations and thereby accumulate huge merit, purify vast negativity for ourself and others and receive the most powerful blessing to propel ourself swiftly along our path to enlightenment.
The sutra presentation of Mahamudra emphasizes meditations on different levels of the clear, pristine nature of our own mind. These sublime meditations are deeply relaxing, and profoundly illuminating. Through these practices we gain deep insight into the flexible and limitless nature of our own mind.