Have you ever wondered what the mind of enlightenment is like? Come find out at this annual community retreat day during which we celebrate the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa, one of the most revered enlightened masters of the Kagyu lineage!
Among Trungpa Rinpoche's great translation efforts was the rendering into English of the 'songs of realization’ of the greatest teachers of our Kagyu lineage. These were published as The Rain of Wisdom: The Vajra Songs of the Kagyu Gurus. We read aloud through the entire book, annually, on Milarepa Day, keeping functional silence so that we can soak our minds in the minds of the gurus. One gains from this a connection to the personal experiences of practice, realization, and instruction of the great gurus, who wrote them for that purpose, for our encouragement. They are pithy, profound, beautiful, and touching.
According to Trungpa Rinpoche:
“Students are advised to read this book for instructions when their life is filled with disruption, uncertainty and neurosis. Even reading only one passage is better than going to a psychiatrist or taking a dose of aspirin. This is not a myth: from my personal experience, these songs do provide a staircase of liberation. They actually enable us to interrupt our personal subconscious gossip, awaken ourselves on the path, and energize ourselves so that we can help others.”
9:00 am : Opening Session (We will begin promptly!)
12:30 – 1:00 pm : Silent Brown Bag Lunch (bring your own)
1:00pm – approximately 7:30 pm – Afternoon Session
***Please bring an extra snack to cover if we run past dinner
Tea and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day and you may take breaks as you need them.
While attending the entire day is a wonderful and powerful experience, you can participate for as much or as little as your schedule allows. If you need to arrive after the practice starts, or anytime you enter or leave the shrine room, please chant the Vajrasattva mantra (Om Vajrasattva Hum). Please bring a copy of The Rain of Wisdom if you have one.
This day is free and open to everyone.
Please note: no childcare will be available.
Prerequisites: None, all are welcome.
Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.
Questions? Contact Bret Ellerton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206 307 5103