Saying “Yes” to Experience
With Jack Petranker
July 17 - 22, 2022
Learn how to activate the radical immediacy available within our ordinary experience.
“The self has a strong impulse toward the therapeutic, toward making knowledge into something that can benefit the self.” –Love of Knowledge, Ch. 27
We live in a world shaped by the stories we tell about it—stories centered on the self. Using a logic that starts with the existence of the self, we turn knowledge into a tool that we use to uphold our own limits.
In this retreat, we will question this commitment to the self and the therapeutic mindset it puts in place. Focusing strongly on practice, we will learn how to activate the radical immediacy available within our ordinary experience, if only we know how to look for it. We will learn what it means to say “yes” to experience, to discover freedom within the patterns of the ordinary and bring it into every moment.
Among the exercises we may draw on in our inquiry:
Going without Going (TSK Ex. 23)
A Marriage of Sound and Breath (TSK Ex. 24)
Moments between Moments (LOK Ex. 14)
Conducting the Vision (DTS Ex. 1)
Time of Thinking (DTS Ex. 2)
Body-Mind-Thought Interplay (TSK Ex. 7)
Layers of Mind (LOK Ex. 2)
Sound within Sound (LOK Ex. 28 and 30)
Observing without Owning (LOK Ex. 23 and 22)
Commanding Time (DTS Ex. 13A)
Field of Awareness (LOK Ex. 17)
Embodied Energy (LOK Ex. 38)
Alternatives to Mind (LOK Ex. 46)
This retreat builds on themes explored in the workshop, The Self in Question, offered online in March 2022. However, anyone can benefit from participating, no matter what their background. All you need is an interest in inquiry and the intention to come more fully alive.
You will be staying by yourself or with one other person in a luxury cottage. For details, see: https://ratnaling.org/accommodations/
Retreatants will take turns helping with kitchen cleanup.
The full price is $1,695 for the retreat, which includes meals and lodging. Please pay full price if you have the means to do so, as we are paying the facility for the space. If you need a discount, please apply one of the following discount codes on checkout according to your need:
If you need further financial assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact email@example.com and we will see what we can work out.
Jack Petranker holds degrees from Stanford, Yale Law School, and the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a student of Tibetan teacher Tarthang Tulku for more than 40 years, and has worked for the Nyingma organizations as an editor, writer, and teacher. A past Dean of the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, he is Director of the Mangalam Buddhist Research Center and the Center for Creative Inquiry, and has taught mindfulness for decades.
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