Wisdom from Retreat w/ Earle Birney
2 Wednesday’s: Jun 25, Jul 02, 2014
A three year retreat is the culmination of 12 years of study; 6 years of training in the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism and 6 year program in advanced Buddhist studies. This retreat was therefore an incredible opportunity to integrate these teachings in a very profound meditative environment, within an advanced community of practitioners, in such a way perhaps never done before in the West.
For Earle, it was a chance to walk the talk of the study, to live a traditional yogic lifestyle, and to try to investigate the spiritual truths of yoga through deep contemplation and meditation.
“It’s importance is perhaps personal for every individual, but I feel the opportunity to step out of mainstream society and to experience the quietude of solitude, brought positive life long changes for each of us in our own way. For me, it is a chance to see what is real in many respects; what is behind all the noise and business that life brings, what is behind the chatter in one’s own mind, and to experience the peace and joy when all this is stripped away.”
Earle will show a movie/ slideshow from retreat, discuss how to live a yogic lifestyle while not in retreat (in preparation for getting into retreat!), discuss the essential elements to a daily practice, how we can live like a yogi(ni) in a modern world, as well as the importance of retreating from it!
There will also be time for a Q&A!
When receiving the teachings, it is important to have the correct attitude.
It is not practicing the Dharma properly to listen with the intention of gaining material advantage or reputation.
Neither should our goal be higher rebirth in the next life, nor should we be wishing only for our own liberation from samsara. These are all attitudes we should reject. Instead, let us listen to the teachings with the determined
wish to attain the state of omniscience for the sake of all beings.
- H.H. 14th Dalai Lama, from the book For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva