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Upcoming Events with Robert A.F. Thurman & Friends

Kalachalra 2017 Study and Practice Group EventsLearn about upcoming events, teachings & appearances with Robert A.F. Thurman both in-person and online, please visit: Robert A.F. Thurman Upcoming Events.
Mar
18
Wed
Life and Teachings of Tsongkhapa : The Renaissance Man of Tibet
Mar 18 @ 11:00 pm – Mar 19 @ 1:00 am

Join Robert A.F. Thurman for an all levels series of talks on the Life and Teachings of Tsongkhapa Wednesdays; 7-9 PM – March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th at Tibet House US in New York City and online via live webcast!

2019 has been a big year for Lama Tsong Khapa, or Jey Rinpochey, as the Tibetans affectionately call him. In the first of these classes, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, Robert Thurman will teach Tsong Khapa’s foundational vision of reality, “emptiness the womb of compassion,” and detail the history of how he follows on Shakyamuni, Bagarjuna, Chandrakirti, and Atisha in doing so. He will also touh on how the present Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama” is once again leading the planet in this direction. In the latter two classes, he will teach on the way in which Jey Tsong Khapa unified that basic treaching with the higthest lefel of the esoteric tantras, with a fresh look at tantgri practice and how it can be implemented once the foundation has been stabilized.

Wednesdays; 7-9PM – March 4, 11, 18 & 25

REGISTRATION:
To attend in person:
General:$25/Members:$22.50 to attend one class
General:$90/Members:$81 to attend all four classes
REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2sgdcZS

To attend via webcast (no member discount on live webcast):
To attend one class: $10 | To attend all four classes: $40
REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2Ncjj8T

Mar
25
Wed
Life and Teachings of Tsongkhapa : The Renaissance Man of Tibet
Mar 25 @ 11:00 pm – Mar 26 @ 1:00 am

Join Robert A.F. Thurman for an all levels series of talks on the Life and Teachings of Tsongkhapa Wednesdays; 7-9 PM – March 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th at Tibet House US in New York City and online via live webcast!

2019 has been a big year for Lama Tsong Khapa, or Jey Rinpochey, as the Tibetans affectionately call him. In the first of these classes, March 4, 11, 18 & 25, Robert Thurman will teach Tsong Khapa’s foundational vision of reality, “emptiness the womb of compassion,” and detail the history of how he follows on Shakyamuni, Bagarjuna, Chandrakirti, and Atisha in doing so. He will also touh on how the present Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama” is once again leading the planet in this direction. In the latter two classes, he will teach on the way in which Jey Tsong Khapa unified that basic treaching with the higthest lefel of the esoteric tantras, with a fresh look at tantgri practice and how it can be implemented once the foundation has been stabilized.

Wednesdays; 7-9PM – March 4, 11, 18 & 25

REGISTRATION:
To attend in person:
General:$25/Members:$22.50 to attend one class
General:$90/Members:$81 to attend all four classes
REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2sgdcZS

To attend via webcast (no member discount on live webcast):
To attend one class: $10 | To attend all four classes: $40
REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2Ncjj8T

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Apr
29
Wed
6th Annual Spring on Maui Retreat
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – May 6 @ 2:00 pm
6th Annual Spring on Maui Retreat

This 2020 6th Annual “Spring on Maui” Retreat will feature a super special blend of Bhakti / Buddhist teachings with Roshi Joan Halifax (Upaya Zen Center), Frank Ostaseski (Metta Institute), Robert A.F. Thurman (Tibet House) and best selling author, renowned essayist Anne Lamott

Enjoy 5 nights of Krishna Das kirtans with his full band.

This will be the first Maui Retreat without Ram Dass in person. The Retreat will be a celebration of his Life, Teachings and Core Message of Becoming Loving Awareness.

Start your days each morning with Sunrise Silent Sitting Meditation led by Rameshwar Das followed by your choice, Dao Flow Yoga with Saraswati Markus Anand or “Qigong on the Lawn” with Joyanna Maria Ananda

Daily Dharma talks, guided meditations, reflections, contemplations, words of wisdom and special afternoon sessions led alternately by the Retreat Faculty, LIVE Mindrolling Podcast with Raghu Markus and chanting Hanuman Chaleesas with Nina Rao Chant

Special Opening & Closing Ceremony with Lei’ohu Ryder and Maydeen ‘Īao of Aloha in Action

Delicious, healthy Retreat Meals are served buffet style. Include vegetarian, vegan, dairy free and gluten free options.

Recommend flying into Kahului Airport – OGG. Ride Reservations are included with on site registrations only.

May
29
Fri
Death and the Art of Dying: A Journey into the Bardos of Life and Beyond
May 29 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 5 @ 1:00 pm

he pristine mountain forests of the Catskills provides the ideal backdrop for exploring the Buddhist approach to end of life. Led by Andrew Holecek, with Robert Thurman as guest lecturer

Thise programs are an in-depth exploration of the teachings and practices of the three death bardos: The Painful Bardo of Dying; The Luminous Bardo of Dharmata; and The Karmic Bardo of Becoming – perhaps the most sophisticated contemplative map describing the journey of the mind before, during, and after death.

The final retreat will explore the sutra and tantra pure lands. This Eastern body of wisdom will be augmented with Western medical, legal, and logistical approaches to the end of life. The uniqueness of these retreats is their comprehensive nature – no stone is left unturned.

Learn what to do before, during, and after death – for yourself and for others – from a spiritual and practical perspective.

By the end of this program, you will discover the death of death, and how to step back into this world – and eventually the next – with unshakeable confidence for what lies ahead.

This first retreat covers the Painful Bardo of Dying, and will show you how the bardo teachings apply not just to the end of life, but to all the small deaths that occur within life.

You will learn all the meditations that prepare for every phase of this bardo, including shamatha, formless meditations, reverse meditations, nocturnal meditations, tonglen, and an introduction to sutra-level dark retreat.

Guided contemplations, discussion groups, videos, and printed material will supplement the lectures.

Jun
28
Sun
Buddha and the Yogis : Freedom on the Path to Compassion
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 3 @ 5:00 pm

Join Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor & Robert A.F. Thurman for an all levels yoga and meditation intensive sponsored by Tibet House US Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa this June 28th – July 3rd, 2020 in Phoenicia, New York!

Diving deeply into the complementary teachings of Mahayana Buddhism and classical Indian thought, we find at the core the common ground of cultivating compassion within the context of daily life. This turns out to be an essential step toward peeling away layers of confusion and habitual ways of thinking and acting that keep us stuck and unable to experience the interpenetrating nature of all things.

During this week of yoga, meditation, storytelling, chanting and lively discussions, we will explore how these two traditions are profoundly relevant to life in the 21st Century.

As a backdrop to the practices, we will study sections of the Amrta Siddhi, Yogavaśiṣta, Vimalakirti Sūtra, Narada Bhakti Sūtra and Heart Sūtra, exploring how these practices and teachings stimulate our creative imagination for problem solving as well as how they ignite the intuitive sense of who we really are as part of the ecosystem we call life.

To learn more please visit our website!

Jul
3
Fri
Kālachakra Study & Practice Intensive
Jul 3 @ 8:00 pm – Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm

Robert Thurman brilliantly elucidates and vividly brings to life the many dimensions of the Kālachakra Tantra in this special series of study and practice Intensives.

In this Kālachakra Intensive, Dr. Thurman will focus discussion and contemplation-based lectures on unpacking the very center of the mandala, the Mind Mandala, within the larger context of the Kalachakra and pulling from several textual sources to enrich our remembrance of our experience of the initiation and of entering the mandala and beholding Kālachakra-Vishvamata. While emphasis is on working with students to ensure they understand all the symbolic elements of the practice and iconography, plenty of time for actual practice and mantra accumulation is allotted.

Afternoons will include free time after lunch for spa treatments, further personal practice, and optional student-led discussions. The retreat will conclude with an instructional puja and celebration lead by Thurman.

Join us in the breathtaking hidden mountain valley of Tibet House’s Menla retreat and spa, for this personally transformative and very inspiring retreat intended to help initiates, from total novices to more advanced practitioners, deepen their connection to, their understanding of, and ultimately their embodiment of the magnificent reality of Kālachakra-Vishvamata.

Please bring your own vajra, bell, damaru, and inner offering vessel (ritual skullcup).

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Aug
14
Fri
Getting Over Yourself: The Best of Buddhism & Psychotherapy
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm

Join Mark Epstein, M.D. and Robert A.F. Thurman this August 14th – 16th, 2020 for the weekend retreat “Getting Over Yourself : The Best of Buddhism and Psychotherapy” at Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa in Phoenicia, New York!

What does it mean to heal? Buddhist and Western psychotherapists have different visions of healing. In Buddhism, the emphasis is often on taming the mind in order to bring out underlying qualities of wisdom and compassion.

In psychotherapy, there is a much greater concern with excavating childhood difficulties and working through emotional blockages so as to free a person from the vestiges of the past. Can these two approaches be reconciled? What can Buddhism learn from therapy, and what can therapists learn from Buddhism? Those of us who have grown up in the West, struggling personally with issues like anxiety or addiction, often benefit from aspects of each tradition.

This weekend’s workshop, through lectures, discussion, meditation and questions and answers, will explore what an integrated approach to healing actually looks like.

Join Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein and Professor Robert Thurman as they explore what it means to heal your mind.

Sep
3
Thu
Vajra Yoga & Yoga Alliance Teacher Training
Sep 3 @ 3:00 pm – Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm
Vajra Yoga & Yoga Alliance Teacher Training @ Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa

Join us for this totally unique yoga teacher training, exploring the philosophical and experiential interface between Hatha Yoga and Indo-Tibetan Vajra Yoga traditions in the pristine hidden mountain valley of Menla -a Medicine Buddha land.

This will be an intensive immersion designed for students and teachers of Indian and Tibetan yogas wishing to take their practice and teaching to a deeper level. A principal of the approach is to move the context of the yogas into the domain of the mahāsiddhas—their trans-denominational Indic spiritual sciences (adhyātmavidyā–nangi rigpa).

Daily practice of yoga asana (harmonizing Hatha Yoga, Vajrayana yogas–especially Kalachakra and Tibetan Trulkhor yogas), meditation, pranayama, chanting, instruction, contemplation, discussion, sleep and dream yogas, such as yoga nidra, will be offered to create a deeply transformational journey of self-discovery.

We will also gain a strong foundation in yoga teaching methodology, practicum, & technique as well as applied anatomy and physiology that will empower those aiming to teach yoga in a universalist and science-based setting to do so with confidence and poise.

The course is for those who wish to advance their knowledge and experience of yoga, whether they choose to teach or not.

All serious students are welcome to participate.

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