Calm & Clear in the Modern World
With Christine DeCristofaro, George Wiegand, Rosalyn White and Tara Ristau
February 21 - 23, 2020
Are you looking to find peace and groundedness in your daily life? Do you want more tools to keep you balanced and happy in your work, home, and relationships? This weekend will offer you useful and transformative teachings that come from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This retreat will be taught by students of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche and include discussions about the nature of mind, ways to practice meditation, and tools to relax and feel into joy. You will leave with a deeper understanding of yourself and how to bring caring and mindfulness in all of your actions.
4:30-5:30 Grounding Yoga – Chris
6:45-8:00 Opening Circle – Chris & Staff
7:00-8:00 Meditation – George
9:00-10:30 Calming the Mind – Tara
11:00-12:00 Tibetan Yoga & Mantra – Ros
1:00-1:30 Temple Tour – Ros
1:30-4:00 Quiet time, bodywork and massage by appointment, seva
4:00-5:30 Watching the Mind – George
7:00-8:00 Sacred Art & Visualization – Ros
7:00-8:00 Yoga – Chris
8:00-8:15 Coffee & Tea Break
8:20-9:00 New Moon Chanting Ceremony in the Temple – Chris
9:00-10:00 Closing Circle – Chris & Staff
All bookings are NON-REFUNDABLE. Should you wish to cancel your stay with us, Ratna Ling Retreat Center requires 30 days notice for your full credit to be TRANSFERRED to a future retreat within 1 year of original booking.
These yoga classes are designed for all levels, incorporating breathing, stretching, and fluid movements. The postures and techniques help to stabilize and calm the nervous system, strengthen muscles, and tone the organs, bringing more ease and circulation throughout the body. You can expect to feel more relaxed, aware, and stronger from this yoga practice.
Get a short introduction on the practice of samatha, calm abiding. This is a sitting meditation practice with instructions on posture, positioning, focus, and breathing.
CALMING THE MIND
In this class, we’ll explore the Dharma through symbols, such as the images of the Buddha, and how they directly relate to our own life. We’ll open to imagery as a source of inspiration and a simple reminder of our deeper, truer selves. We will also discuss relaxation and delve into a guided Kum Nye meditation to help us connect to a felt experience of a calmer, more spacious mind.
TIBETAN YOGA & MANTRA
This session will combine Tibetan Yoga movements (Kum Nye) and mantra to bring harmony to body, speech, and mind.
WATCHING THE MIND
A lecture and discussion about traditional teachings of the mind and how it works in concentration, contemplation, and meditation. Senior student and teacher George Wiegand will draw from the teachings in Lama Mipham’s text “Calm and Clear”.
SACRED ART & VISUALIZATION
Experience the peace and beauty of Tibetan Buddhist art and learn ways to use art as tools for meditation.
Christine is a faculty member and co-creator of many of our Ratna Ling Retreat Programs. After nearly twenty years in finance and technology, Christine felt frustrated with corporate business practices and culture. The financial crisis of 2008 sparked an epiphany. She decided to change the direction of her life and pledged to live a life of service, vowing to use her skills and knowledge to strengthen wisdom, service and compassion in herself and others. Christine…
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George Wiegand has been a student of our Founder Tarthang Tulku and a full-time volunteer in Nyingma organizations for more than 30 years, as a chef, baker, kitchen manager, temple builder, book binder, and pressman. He has a Master’s of Education in Counseling and has worked as an educator and counselor in several high school systems. His hobbies include bread baking, basketball, and choir singing.
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Rosalyn White has studied meditation and Tibetan art under the guidance of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Tarthang Tulku, for over forty years. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the California College of Art and a teaching credential from UC Berkeley. She is currently Co-Director of Ratna Ling and has been teaching classes in meditation and sacred art for over 25 years. The depth and breadth of the Tibetan teachings have had a profound influence on her…
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Tara has been a volunteer for the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Centers since 2007. She began her journey along the Buddhist path at the Yeshe De bindery making sacred texts to help preserve the Tibetan Buddhist lineage of wisdom. Since then, she has worked in a wide variety of capacities within the organization including Volunteer Coordinator and Operations Manager at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center. She applies Skillful Means in her daily work while also engaging…
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