Guided Retreat on Basic Meditations for a Happy Life: Jan 3 – 8, 2015

facebook_1405351095958Guided Retreat on Basic Meditations for a Happy Life

Saturday, January 3 – Thursday, January 8, 2015 

Session times: 8:30am, 10:30am, 4pm, 7pm – Just drop in!

Everyone is welcome to attend one, two, or any number of meditations; you do not need to sign up for all the session to participate in the retreat. All sessions are one hour and include some short chanted prayers for meditation. The meditations on the Lamrim, or Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, in How to Understand the Mind will be our reference.

These meditations are the building blocks of a method taught by Buddha for eliminating unhappiness in our mind and increasing our capacity for love and compassion.  As we become familiar with these meditation our mind becomes stronger and experiences longer and longer periods of peace and happiness.  The meditations are organized in a sequence so that as we gain more understanding of the first one, it helps us to gain more understanding of the next one.  If we keep meditating on these and putting them into practice, eventually we can attain freedom from suffering and the lasting peace of a completely pure mind.

Cost: Suggestion donation $5-10/session

Day 1  Saturday, January 3, 2015

Session 1 @ 8:30 am: Preciousness of Our Human Life
Session 2 @ 10:30 am: Death
Session 3 @ 4:00 pm: Dangers of Lower Rebirth (Heart Jewel)*
Session 4 @ 7:00 pm: Going for Refuge

Day 2  Sunday, January 4

Session 1 @ 8:30 am: Karma
Session 2 @ 10:30 am: Karma (Prayers for World Peace)
Session 3 @ 4:00 pm: Renunciation (Heart Jewel)*
Session 4 @ 7:00 pm: Our Determination to recognize, Reduce, and Abandon Our Self-grasping Ignorance, the Root of Samsaric Rebirth

Day 3 Monday, January 5

Session 1 @ 8:30 am:Our Determination to recognize, Reduce, and Abandon Our Self-grasping Ignorance, the Root of Samsaric Rebirth
Session 2 @ 10:30 am: Determination to Enter and Make Progress on the Path to Liberation
Session 3 @ 4:00 pm: Determination to Enter and Make Progress on the Path to Liberation (Heart Jewel)*
Session 4 @ 7:00 pm: Ultimate Truth of Cessation

Day 4 Tuesday, January 6

Session 1 @ 8:30 am: Ultimate Truth of Cessation
Session 2 @ 10:30 am: Cherishing All Living Beings
Session 3 @ 4:00 pm: Universal Compassion (Heart Jewel)*
Session 4 @ 7:00 pm: Universal Compassion

Day 5 Wednesday, January 7

Session 1 @ 8:30 am:Supreme Good Heart Bodhichitta
Session 2 @ 10:30 am: Supreme Good Heart Bodhichitta
Session 3 @ 4:00 pm: Determination and Promise to Practice the Six Perfections(Heart Jewel)*
Session 4 @ 7:00 pm: Determination and Promise to Practice the Six Perfections

Day 6 Thursday, January 8

Session 1 @ 8:30 am: Training in Yogic Direct Perceivers
Session 2 @ 10:30 am: Liberation from Sorrow: Prayers to Arya Tara
Session 3 @ 4:00 pm: Training in Yogic Direct Perceivers (Heart Jewel)

*Most sessions will held with Prayers for Meditation and last about an hour.  Any sessions with Heart Jewel and Prayers for World Peace will last 1 hour 15 min.

If possible, it is very beneficial to come for the entire retreat or at least several days of the retreat.  If this is not possible, you can come for any individual session you choose. Retreat sessions are open to everyone with a suggested donation of $5 – $10/Session. TTP students are invited to attend this and all TTP retreats at no cost. FP students are encourage to attend the 4:00p and 7:00p Sunday sessions for which there will be no charge. Please inquire in advance about accommodation if you wish to stay at the Center during the retreat by calling 410-243-3837 or emailing Director@MeditationMd.org