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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.
Aug
16
Fri
Buddhism and Psychotherapy Retreat with Mark Epstein M.D.
Aug 16 @ 3:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 1:00 pm
Buddhism and Psychotherapy Retreat with Mark Epstein M.D. @ Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa

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 M.D. and Professor Robert A.F. Thurman as they explore what it means to heal your mind.

To learn more and to register, please visit: www.menla.org.

Sep
19
Thu
Lift the Earth : Bringing Peace To Our Ancestors
Sep 19 @ 3:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 1:00 pm
Lift the Earth : Bringing Peace To Our Ancestors @ Menla Retreat and Dewa Spa

Taking place on World Peace Day and the Fall Equinox, Life the Earth is a four-day event, from September 19-23, which includes the participation of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, Alice Walker, Dr. Henrietta Mann, Chief Phil Lane, Dr. Robert Thurman and other spiritual leaders and activists from around the world.

This gathering will include interactive dialogue, prayer circles and teachings on ancestral healing, water and land issues, and the future for the generations to come.

Join us for this special event and participate in this world-wide collective prayer for outer and inner peace.

To learn more and to register, please visit: www.menla.org.

Oct
3
Thu
Shamans and Siddhas Retreat with Isa Gucciardi Ph.D.
Oct 3 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm
Shamans and Siddhas Retreat with Isa Gucciardi Ph.D. @ Menla

This retreat focuses on the traditions of the “psychonauts,” explorers of the subtle realms of dream, death, and all “between” states. Such people are known as “shamans” in indigenous traditions and as “siddhas” or “adepts” in Buddhist and Hindu Tantric traditions.

Isa Gucciardi Ph.D. joins Robert Thurman in exploring the deep and vast dimensions of these traditions, focusing on our planetary welcoming of various forms that consciousness takes in this time of global crisis, as she has done from time immemorial. Shamans and siddha-adepts provide us with resources from long-developed, time-tested positive sciences and arts that help us celebrate the blessings of reality and live meaningfully in the midst of the ups and downs of our daily lives ever more realistically and happily.

In this retreat, we will review the historic encounters between these two spiritual traditions from world indigenous and Indic regions and learn how they have informed one another over the centuries. While steeped in philosophy and psychology, this retreat is also highly experiential in nature. We will explore methods of going inward drawn from both traditions including the Shamanic Journey and Indo-Tibetan Deity Meditation.

The Shamanic Journey is an ancient and time-tested method that shamans around the world have used to develop a deep relationship with the powers of the Earth and Cosmos. Deity Meditation is a form of meditation that brings the meditator into an intimate understanding of the fields of wisdom, sensitivity, and power held by the deities of the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon.

We will explore the role of ritual and ceremony in both contexts and learn what role ritual and ceremony provide in bringing forward the realizations, sensitivities, and powers that are the fruits of these deep forms of inner exploration.

We will not only learn the basics of the shaman’s journey but also meditate, dialogue together, and create and perform ceremonies in order to align ourselves with the power that these two traditions have provided humanity for millennia.

This program is appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.

Daily all levels yoga will also be offered. Ideal for long time Yogis + Yoginis or for those looking to begin a practice.

To watch free previews from past programs please visit the Tibet House US Membership Community Facebook Group or subscribe to the Tibet House US YouTube Channel.

To learn more about this all levels program click on the tickets link or visit: www.menla.org.