Saturday 27 July 2019
Sunday 28 July 2019 (18:00 -18:00)
Monday 29 July 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Tuesday 30 July 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Wednesday 31 July 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Thursday 1 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Friday 2 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Saturday 3 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Sunday 4 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Monday 5 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Tuesday 6 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Wednesday 7 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Thursday 8 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Friday 9 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Saturday 10 August 2019 (00:00 -06:00)
Sunday 11 August 2019 (12:00 -06:00)
We spend a lot of time in our lives running away from ourselves, filling our lives with a seemingly endless search for fulfilment and entertainment, trying to avoid feeling the nakedness and vulnerability of our own hearts. In this meditation intensive, we have the chance to take two weeks out of our busy lives to stop running so hard. We can get together in a container of gentle discipline and be with ourselves simply, relax just a little, sit quietly and allow ourselves to experience both the turmoil and stillness of our own minds and hearts. Through traditional Buddhist sitting meditation, we can realize that there is nothing we need to escape from – that it is in any case too late: we're already here! And maybe – just maybe! – we're actually okay as we are simple human beings with fundamentally good hearts.
We will train in developing mindfulness and awareness, so we learn to stay with our present moments of experience, and discover the bravery and humour of the Shambhala warrior tradition. Then we can bring this straightforwardness, simplicity and celebration back into our daily lives.
We invite you to a 15-day program for practitioners who wish to immerse themselves in intensive meditation practice. We will be under the guidance of Sarah Coleman, a long-time American practitioner of both Tibetan and Shambhala Buddhism, who has been a student of the Vidyadhara the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, and his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, since 1972. Serving as Trungpa Rinpoche's editor for many years, she helped work on many of his dharma books, including the Shambhala book: The Sacred Path of the Warrior. For the past 37 years, Sarah has taught extensively throughout North America and Europe.
In addition to meditation, there will be talks focusing on Mindfulness and Awareness, and ongoing individual meditation instructions. There will also be opportunity for discussion. Practitioners of all levels, including beginners, are welcome!
The program will be held in Oikia, a hospitable 19th-century house in the Greek tradition, just a 5 minute walk from the sea on the picturesque island of Aegina (a 40’ boat trip from the port of Athens).
Please note: There will be given a chance to Vajrayana students to have group-practice in a separate shrine hall; just ask us upon registration.
Entry date is July 27th and departure date is August 11th.