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One-Month Retreat with Douglas Veenhof
Cutting Through to Pristine Awareness
Kunzang Dechen Osel Ling (KDOL)
Salt Spring Island, BC
July 14-August 10, 2019
We’re happy to announce that the dates for our third annual one-month retreat with Doug Veenhof at Kunzang Dechen Osel Ling (KDOL) on Salt Spring Island will be July 14-August 10, 2019.
We will again explore a full spectrum of meditations for achieving the view of Tibetan Buddhism’s “Great Perfection.” The beauty and serenity of KDOL provide an ideal setting for diving in to these exhilarating practices with the transformative intensity that only retreat can provide.
The schedule includes precise instruction on this unique approach to developing the stable, vivid, and spacious awareness of shamatha. We’ll also examine how this tool of close observation, when teamed with the inquiry of vipashyana meditation on the nature of the mind itself, can power insights capable of cutting through dream-like illusion to the reality of pristine awareness. Along with the instruction, there will be ample time for your own silent practice so that the methods and insights discussed can be integrated as your own discoveries.
We will review some familiar practices from Dzogchen and Mahamudra as well as introduce some new wrinkles learned at Doug’s most recent two-month retreat with Alan Wallace in Tuscany.
Longtime meditators may find in this retreat what they have been looking for to reignite the excitement of practice, but even those new to meditation will learn in this experiential and systematic approach a comprehensive practice to take home with them.
Doug Veenhof travels widely leading meditation workshops and retreats including to Dharamasala, India this year for a two-month shamatha retreat for Buddhist nuns at Thosamling Nunnery. He is a certified trainer in Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), a meditation program for developing emotional fluency, and is the Development Director for Alan Wallace’s Center for Contemplative Research, a long-term retreat and research facility being built in Tuscany.