The retreat is open only to those who have received the Dzogchen Transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.
Meditations are various and endless, also the time we spend on them can be endless and without direct results. Meditations always need the ideal conditions of place and time. This makes meditation a complicated matter fit only for professionals. In addition meditation is bound to an object of the mind and it is goal oriented. Both the object of the mind and the goal are a creation of the meditator’s mind. When the meditation is bond by an object one always need to make effort to keep that in mind. When bound by the expectation of a goal to be achieved in the future, one misses the experience of the presence moment that has the nature of enlightenment.
Contemplation is not meditation, it does not have any object; it involves total relaxation; it is beyond the tension of holding an object with mindfulness; it is beyond the delusion of expecting an enlightenment in the future. Contemplation is to go beyond the childish attitude of those who follow spiritual paths based on attachment for their methods and fear of the openness to the unknown.
Many practitioners lacking either do not grasp how to be in a state of contemplation; or even if they know they do not have sufficient familiarity with it and fearing that just contemplation will not work they become attached to meditations involving squeezed mindfulness, objects, mantras, visualization and so forth.
Thus to learn how to be in a state of contemplation is the most fundamental point of the practice.
Come learn and practice together.
Elio Guarisco was born in 1954 in Italy. He has been a member of the Dzogchen Community since 1986. He has translated many books and texts for the Shang Shung Institute in Italy, including the books of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on the Tibetan Medicine. Since 2003 he is one of three main translators of the Ka-Ter project. Besides this he works as an instructor of the translations in the training program for the translators from Tibetan language. He is an authorized instructor of SMS Base and SMS First and Second Level.
Donation: 75 Euro
In case you will participate also in the retreat on The Attainment of the Immortal Vajra Life, a Practice Retreat with Elio Guarisco from 18th to 21st August the donation for both retreats is 108 Euro!
Accommodation: You can use Merigar East dormitory or the camping. The price for one night in dormitory is 5 Euro, in the camping 3 Euro. Also you can stay in the motels nearby or in the village guesthouses, at prices starting from 20 Euros/day. Contact us if you need help to find such accomodation.
Food: We will cook together with love and joy:) Get ready to be the cook for one retreat day in collaboration with other Vajra brothers and/or sisters!
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