Glimpses from The Heart of Practice 2019 Retreat

 

Frog Song – Vajra Songs from retreat

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Reprise: ribbit

[Frog complies]

 

When there is

nothing

To say

 

Listen

[Frog: ribbit]

 

-Deidre

Day three’s musings – Vajra Songs from retreat

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Ghosts in the hillsides

Cows on the highway

Welcoming the city yogis

Into the Seven Circles

 

Unload the baggage

In more ways than one

From the Blue Chariot

And the White Cloud

 

Welcomed by the trees

The mountains cool breeze

The flowers in bloom

And dinner at the saloon

 

Welcoming friends of old

And old friends anew

From near and far no less

With thunder and showers

We were blessed

 

Day one & two are in the books

The fear & blessings of the cooks!

Now the sound of a gong

Has it been that long?

 

  • Jampa

Progress – Vajra Songs from retreat

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DO less

do less

do less

less

less

less

less

 

Wait….who was it

That was doing it

In the first place?

 

-Addie

Wake Up! – Vajra Songs from retreat

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The rooster says, “wake up”

But so does your pain.

 

“Wake up” says the rooster,

But so does your pleasure.

 

“Wake up” says the rooster,

As does your anger.

 

“Wake Up” says the rooster,

As does your happiness.

 

The rooster says, “wake up”

But so do the trees & the bees,

the sun and the moon, the clouds & the sky.

 

Maybe you already know,

But this is an all-inclusive retreat.

 

Let life be our retreat;

Let every experience wake us up.

 

Opening into infinite bodhicitta

Compassion spontaneously dawns.

 

Rest in the unceasing display &

See the truth of all there will ever be.

 

I bow down to the Victorious Ones.

I bow down to the Universe & its

Inhabitants.

 

May all beings exhaust the delusion

that has never been there to begin with.

 

  • Paul

The Practice Song – Vajra Songs from retreat

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The outer world does

what it will.

I practice.

 

The inner world does

what it will.

I practice.

 

Practice does

what it will.

I practice.

 

Om ah hung.

Om ah hung

Om ah hung.

 

  • Scott

The Empress has no clothes – Vajra Songs from Retreat

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The Empress has no clothes.

Then it’s that dream,

You know the one,

Where you are naked in a crowd

Then realize it.

Vulnerable, she scans the vast closet.

Which will it be:

To take refuge in yet another costume

Or the naked radiance of wisdom?

 

  • Maria

Awake, Kind, and Relaxed! – We’re back!

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Back from our annual summer retreat! This year we added an extra week for a total of 14 days of practice! Such a wonderful experience gathering for practice, work, community, and a little fun! We’ll be posting more photos, vajra songs, and perhaps some musings from the attendees?!

Get off your butts and join in the fun next year!

Sending you lots of love & wishes from this year’s yogis!

– jampa

The Heart of Practice 2019 Summer Retreat

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The Heart of Practice
Summer Retreat 2019
Meditation/Ngondro//Feldenkrais/Yoga Retreat
14 Day Practice Intensive June 2-15, 2019
Seven Circles Retreat Center in Badger, CA
Near the entrance to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
Led by Khaydroup Zangmo, assisted by Deidre Sklar and Addie deHilster

Welcome to a 14 Day practice intensive!  It is fortunate indeed to have the time to delve deeply into spiritual discovery. In the natural tranquility of the Seven Circles Retreat Center we have the opportunity to set aside our daily responsibilities, unplug devices, and experience the true relief that comes from cultivating an aware mind and an open heart. Learning to be gentle with ourselves and “to relax in the doing” is liberating and transformative. The key is finding the balance between, “not too tight, and not too loose”, between relaxed discipline and awake relaxation.  In so doing we discover that peace and happiness are already present within our own mind, we only need to relax and let go of everything that is obscuring the innate qualities of our wisdom and compassion.

The retreat space allows for concurrent practices. There is a spacious carpeted yurt for Meditation practices (other than prostrations), Feldenkrais, Yoga and evening Chenrezig practice. There is a lodge with a hard wood floor for Prostration Practice. There are shady outdoor spaces for sitting and walking meditation. Practitioners are encouraged to find their own practice rhythms and take responsibility for maintaining the discipline of their own pre-determined practice schedule. Study and private interviews will be part of the schedule as will daily Dharma talks. The book we will use for study is Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master by Gendun Rinpoche.

Please join us in a supportive spiritual community for time to explore your inner richness through Dharma practice and study in a beautiful natural setting.  We warmly invite you to come and experience the joy of slowing down and paying kind and gentle attention to your mind and body. As the program is customized, it is suited for all levels, including beginners.

Please follow the link for additional information and to registration:
 

Dig the Lama

Gendun Rinpoche

One of the many special moments from our recent “Heart of Practice” retreat at the Seven Circles Retreat Center, was the final night’s campfire. We recited some poetry, songs of experience, sing-a-longs, and some jokes. But the best was saved for last. Our teacher, Lama Khaydroup, was requested to share some stories about her path and her retreat Master, Gendun Rinpoche. We were fortunate to have recorded this wonderful opportunity. Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Lama Khaydroup

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