SEPTEMBER 2012 AT BODHI PATH NATURAL BRIDGE
SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2012
Annual Teaching Program:
The 3rd Karmapaâ€™s
Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer
Daily Q & A, Dharma Movie Night,
Dharma Teacherâ€™s Panel Discussion,
Sitting Posture Tune-up and Celebration
The Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje provides profound instructions on how to realize Mahamudra, the ultimate nature of mind. Simple and pithy, it lays out the essential points for training the mind to realize its natural uncontrived peaceful nature, which, in fact, is already present within us.
Shamar Rinpoche, a widely recognized Mahamudra master, will give a rare extensive commentary to this prayer, explaining the profound practice and making it accessible to meditators of all levels. Understanding this prayer helps create conditions to realize the profound state of Mahamudra.
Rangjung Dorje, the 3rd Karmapa (1284-1339), was both a supreme meditator and a great scholar. Receiving the full transmissions of both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism, he reintroduced a high level of intellectual understanding as part of the practice and unified the traditional Kagyu Mahamudra teachings with the Nyingma Maha-Ati or Dzogchen teachings. An important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, his many texts and commentaries are still being used today, with perhaps the most famous one being The Mahamudra Aspiration Prayer.
Shamar Rinpoche, the 14th Shamarpa, or Red Hat Lama, is the second-oldest reincarnate lineage of Tibet. Rinpoche was born in 1952, and received the full teachings and transmissions from the 16th Karmapa as well as many important lamas of other lineages. In 1980, his activity began to spread with frequent teachings in Asia and the West, where he became well-known for his ability to make even the most profound teachings easily accessible. In 1996, he organized the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, a worldwide network of centers based on a non-sectarian approach to Buddhism.
Friday-Saturday, September 21-22:
Teaching by Shamar Rinpoche
Two sessions per day: 10 am to noon, 2 to 4 pm. Lunch provided.
Q & A with Dharma Teacher Tsony will follow an afternoon tea break at 4:30. Dharma Movie Night, time TBA
Sunday morning, September 23:
Teaching by Shamar Rinpoche continues.
One session only, 10 am to noon.
Sunday afternoon, September 23:
Dharma Teacherâ€™s panel discussion, 3 pm.
Sitting Posture Tune-up: The mechanics of proper meditation posture, and yoga stretches to support stable practice and ease discomfort; taught by Chris Fang, 4:30 pm.
Sunday evening, September 23:
Bodhi Path celebration, 6 pm. Family and friends invited. Supper provided. Entertainment requested. Please bring musical instruments and favorite dharma songs.
ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
Monday, September 24:
Bodhi Path members meeting, 10 am to 3 pm. This is an administrative meeting for those involved in the day-to-day matters of their Bodhi Path centers.
Lunch provided at all events. Supper provided at the celebration.
SEPTEMBER 25 (evening) to 30, 2012
A Practical Application
of Shamar Rinpocheâ€™s Teaching
Led by Dharma Teacher Tsony
The waves of gross and subtle thoughts spontaneously subside
And the river of unwavering mind naturally abides.
Free from the stains of dullness, sluggishness and agitation,
May we be stable in the unmoving ocean of mental calm.
When looking again and again into the mind, which cannot be seen,
The fact that there is nothing to see is vividly seen as it is
And all doubts about its nature being existent or non-existent are severed.
Free from confusion, may our own nature recognize itself.
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-From Karmapa Rangjung Dorje's Mahamudra Prayer
Based on instructions given by Shamar Rinpoche in the preceding teaching, Dharma Teacher Tsony will lead a 5-day retreat, which will explore the stages of mind's nature realization. Practice will focus on methods for â€œCalm-abidingâ€ and â€œInsightâ€ meditation. This program is a perfect opportunity to deepen understanding of Rinpocheâ€™s teaching through practice.
Dharma Teacher Tsony
A Buddhist monk for over 25 years, Tsony completed two traditional 3-year retreats under the guidance of the great meditation master Gendun Rinpoche. For 15 years, he was Abbot of Kundrel Ling Monastery in France. Since 1991, he has been teaching philosophy and meditation throughout Europe and the U.S. He is now the resident teacher at Bodhi Path Natural Bridge.
Tuesday evening, September 25:
7 to 8:30 pm. Introduction to retreat.
Wednesday-Saturday September 26-29:
9 am to 6 pm. Lunch provided.
Sunday, September 30:
9 am to noon. A picnic celebration will follow the conclusion of the retreat.
You may attend any or all of the meditation sessions; however, to preserve an atmosphere of tranquility, please enter the meditation hall only during a break.
All events for both programs will take place at Bodhi Path Natural Bridge, located eight miles south of Lexington, Virginia, at the south end of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.
Address: 12 Bodhi Path,Natural Bridge,VA,24578.
Please make your reservations directly with the establishment of choice.
South River Highlands, 540-463-2593. Lovely rustic cabins and private rooms ($85 per night). 15 miles from center, car necessary. Mention Bodhi Path when calling. firstname.lastname@example.org
Budget Inn Natural Bridge, 540-291-2896. A clean, modest motel, 1+ mile from the center. Special rate of $59.95-$69.99 for the â€œnothing fancyâ€ crowd. Mention Bodhi Path.
Blacksmith Inn B&B, 540-291-4000. 3-mile drive from the center.
Natural Bridge of Virginia Hotel, 800-533-1410. 5 miles from center.
For other accommodations 10+ miles from the center, please visit the Lexington Visitors Centerâ€™s website at www.lexingtonvirginia.com.
Natural Bridge KOA. 540-291-2770. RV hook-ups, cabins, tents. 2 miles from the center.
A Shared House:
For a few people attending both programs we have rented historic Middleton House, 111 South Jefferson Street, Lexington, to share. This lovely, completely renovated house has four bedrooms, two with queen beds ($50 per night), one with a double bed ($45 per night) and one with twin beds ($45 per bed per night). All have private bathrooms, and there is a full kitchen. (To view house go to homeaway.com). Located 9 miles from the Bodhi Path Center and walking distance to downtown Lexington, this house is available to the first people (1 or 2 couples and 3 or 4 singles) registering for both programs. Accommodation must be paid in full at time of registration. Please note: There can be no refund for cancellations after September 1. Email email@example.com to inquire about availability.
For a few people staying for Tsonyâ€™s retreat, several spaces in cabins on site may become available after Rinpocheâ€™s program is over. $35 per person per night. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability.
Airports and Ground Transportation:
All airports require renting a car, limo service or ride sharing to get to the center.
The closest airport is in Roanoke,Virginia, about 45 miles away. Car rental available at airport. Alternatively, limo service available from: Roanoke Airport Transportation Service, 540-345-7710, and Prestige Limousine, Inc., 540-342-8049. Price depends on number of people traveling together. Call for pricing. Make arrangements early to insure availability.
Lynchburg,Virginia, is a regional airport about one and a half hours away. This airport is often cheapest for those flying from the west.
WashingtonDCairports, Dulles International or Reagan International, about 200 and 210 miles away, respectively.
Baltimore International Airport, about 240 miles away.
Some special deals: For folks coming from Florida or points south, check Allegiant Air's website for very cheap flights directly into Roanoke. At last check, Allegiant only flies from Tampa/St. Petersburg or Orlando.Â If you go on the site and sign up for their newsletter, they will let you know when they have the $9 sale to Roanoke!
From New York City, Delta Airlines has a $150 round trip ticket to Lewisburg, West Virginia, which is a 1.5 hour drive away.
Ride sharing: Ride sharing information will be sent out with confirmation of registration.
Teaching Program: Shamar Rinpocheâ€™s Teaching: $250 for entire program including teaching, celebration supper and daily lunch. (Housing additional.)
Practice Program: Dharma Teacher Tsonyâ€™s Meditation Retreat:
$150 for entire retreat or $40 per day. Lunch included. (Housing additional.)
If attending both programs:
$350. (Housing additional.)
Space is limited. Advanced registration is important and must be made, along with full payment, no later than September 1, 2012. We expect a full house and highly recommend you make your program and hotel reservations early. (See Cancellation Policy.)
Reservation and payment deadline:
Advanced registration for both programs must be made, along with full payment, by
September 1, 2012. You may register on line with a credit card or mail a check payable to Bodhi Path along with Registration Form (see following page) to:
Bodhi Path Buddhist Center,
12 Bodhi Path, Natural Bridge, VA 24578.
Please reserve early to help our planning.
Prior to September 15, 2012 your total program fee, minus a $40 per person registration fee, will be refunded upon cancellation. After September 15, 2012, no refunds will be made.
For those sharing Middleton House (see above) no refunds will be made after September 1.
Package pricing also available if you attend the Bodhi Path Studies Program, Sept. 5-18. Please visit: http://www.bodhipath.org/studies/Â if interested.
For further information:
Email: email@example.com, or visit our website: www.bodhipath.org.