with Susan Mickel
April 22-24, 2022
In Buddhist practice there is an emphasis on releasing attachment to the aspects of life that cause our suffering. What does this set of teachings mean for householder practitioners? Many great Buddhist practitioners have families, friends, homes, and comfortable lives. How can we understand the teachings and the practices that allow us to release unhealthy attachments and transform them to a relationship with life that is alive and vital? This weekend retreat will explore these questions through meditation, teachings, and discussion. The teachings will draw on basic Buddhist teachings of lovingkindness and insight, as well as on the teachings of western attachment theory about the characteristics of healthy attachment. Although prior Buddhist practice, including retreat practice, will be helpful, the retreat is open to all.
If you have questions about the retreat, or to register, contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Mickel, M.D., Ph.D. Susan has been meditating for over 25 years, initially in the Christian tradition, later in the Burmese mindfulness tradition, and, since 2003, in the Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen traditions. She was authorized to teach Theravada vipassana meditation by Mary Jo Meadow, PhD with Resources for Ecumenical Spirituality, which offers Christian-Buddhist retreats. In 2001 she completed a certificate in ecumenically oriented Christian spiritual guidance from Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. In 2005 she was authorized by Daniel Brown, PhD of Pointing Out the Great Way (POGW), and by Rahob Rinpoche Thubten Kalsang, to teach practices based on the Indo-Tibetan essence traditions, Mahamudra and Dzogchen. She taught meditation retreats with POGW for ten years. Susan considers Rahob Rinpoche to be her root teacher. Currently, Susan’s main teachers are Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Other teachers who have influenced her are Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Ayang Rinpoche, and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche.
Interested in the mind since she can remember, Susan’s college major was comparative religions. After medical school at Emory University, she worked as a behavioral neurologist and directed a memory disorders clinic for 22 years at a large nonprofit multispecialty clinic. In 2004 she returned to school for a clinical psychology Ph.D. and in 2013 became a licensed psychologist. She has wide interests in psychology including attachment, geriatrics, trauma, and integrative assessment of persons with potentially neurologically-based cognition and behavior problems. Her guiding interest in all her activity is how one can influence people to help them decrease their suffering and increase happiness.
In 2018 year Susan completed three years of intensive home meditation practice, following a curriculum traditional for a Nyingma 3-year retreat. She continues to practice intensively at home, participating in long-term practice commitments with her teachers. In the last few years, she has deepened a long-term interest in exploring personally and acting on issues related to ending racism, facilitating groups in such explorations. She is retired from work as a neurologist and psychologist, enjoying time with meditation practice, family and friends, nature, and gardening.