Tonglen (giving and taking) is a powerful practice of deep and joyful compassion coupled with ultimate wisdom. This method comes from the Seven Point Mind Training teachings, based on experiences of revered masters such as Nagarjuna, Shantideva and Langri Tampa. Tonglen profoundly challenges our habitual self-centered experience, which is founded on delusion. It is a potent method of developing bodhicitta — the fully awakened, joyful heart.
This will be a silent retreat. We will meet from 9:00am - 4:00pm each day with short opportunities to engage in self-guided practice once you learn the methods. It will be supportive for you and others if you can attend the entire retreat. (Please email Zopa at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a shorter time, if needed).
Participants are encouraged to carry forth the silent retreat during lunch breaks and at home between sessions, from Friday evening to Saturday morning when the group returns to Zoom. This will enhance individual practice and support the efforts of the whole group.
Please join us for a two-day immersion in this potent compassion practice.
Date: August 14 and 15
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Zoom conference call from your own space
Morning Session 9:00am-12:00 noon
Lunch break approximately 12:00 noon-1:15pm
Afternoon Session 1:15-4:00pm
Breaks will occur in the flow of each session.
$170 - Your extra contribution allows these events to be available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend
$120 - Suggested Donation. Your donations make these events possible.
$60 - Reduced Level
You may contribute as you are able. No one will be turned away for lack of funds
Supplemental Readings and Online: (Not required for this class, but encouraged as you continue to practice tonglen)
- The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul
- Enlightened Courage by Dilgo Khyentse
- Buddhism with an Attitude by Alan Wallace
- Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
- Essential Mind Training Translated by Thubten Jinpa
- The Practice of Lojong by Traleg Rinpoche
You can find many interesting online teachings at YouTube Sravasti Abbey — search for Tonglen by Venerable Thubten Chodron and other guest teachers there.
Tim Campbell and Zopa look forward to joining you on this heartwarming time of learning together.