Meditation: Taming the Mind, Unlocking the Heart
With Lama Yeshe
Tuition: $125, plus lodging and meals.
The foundation practice the Buddha taught is meditation. It is a way to tame our minds so they behave better.
There is a big difference between being impulsive and spontaneous. Impulses have elements of selfishness, fear and habit; spontaneity comes from our inherent wisdom, love and compassion.
We start by increasing our ability to stay focused so we are distracted less by fear, wild thoughts, impulses and the chaos of daily life. This is achieved by meditating on an object, usually the breath.
We all have a noble heart full of wisdom, love and compassion. There is another type of meditation we will learn during this retreat that will aid in releasing these wonderful qualities of our noble heart. This type of meditation is called taking and sending, Tonglen in Tibetan.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet individually with Lama Yeshe during the retreat.
About Lama Yeshe
Lama Tsultrim Yeshe (John Samuelson) has been a student of Khenpo Karthar Rimpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, Woodstock NY, since 1989. He received monastic vows in 1994.
Lama Yeshe is a retired prison chaplain and also taught Sociology at the university level.
He lives in Wisconsin, where he is the director of the Hay River KTC meditation center, and teaches at Dharma centers throughout North America.
He is especially known for workshops in which participants use Tibetan Buddhist practices to explore the nature of forgiveness and to learn how to heal old wounds. He guides participants with an approachable and open style.