ONLINE • Living Wisdom and Compassion: Summer Seminar
Acharya Holly Gayley and Gelong Loden Nyima
July 17–31, 2020
Registration requires completion of a questionnaire, please see below.
Tuition - 400/550/750
The single focus of the Buddha’s teachings was showing humanity the path to ending suffering and reconnecting with our natural state of freedom and openness. The profundity and sophistication with which the Buddha expressed a path of liberation has given his teachings a timeless relevance, making them as practical today as ever.
Two Weeks in Online Community
During our two weeks together, we will co-create a community online that balances rigor with simplicity, warmth, and openness. This environment will support your journey in deepening your understanding of the Buddha’s teachings, developing your meditation practice, and relaxing the speed and habitual patterns that characterize so many of our daily lives. Our mornings begin with a guided meditation and continue with silent meditation, giving the program a retreat atmosphere, and our afternoons are dedicated to study, in dharma talks and small study groups. Optional evening activities include White Tara practice and contemplative movement sessions.
Living Wisdom and Compassion
“Living Wisdom and Compassion” focuses on the Mahayana teachings, including topics such as Buddha Nature, the cultivation of Bodhichitta (the mind of awakening), and the Paramitas (transcendent actions). These teachings show us how to rouse the courage and compassion to orient and bring everything in life onto our path of enlightenment for all beings. In so doing, they are also very pragmatic instructions for living with compassion, courage, patience, and wisdom in the challenges of everyday life.
These are classic Buddhist topics common to many traditions and passed down through millennia of practitioners. The principal sources we will be using are The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume II, by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, and other supplementary sources.
Who Should Attend?
If you participated in last year’s Summer Seminar, or have previous background in Buddhism either through practice or study in Shambhala or any Buddhist community, university studies, personal reading, etc., then “Living Wisdom and Compassion” could be right for you.
We require that each participant fills out this Online Summer Seminar Questionnaire before their registration is considered complete. The purpose of the questionnaire is to ensure the suitability of the retreat for each participant and to help the teaching team tailor the program to participant needs.
Please click the Register button at the top of the page and submit your registration to hold your spot, then return to this page to complete the questionnaire (you can also find a link to the questionnaire in the welcome letter that you will receive after you register). You will be contacted within one week of submitting your questionnaire with confirmation that your registration for the Summer Seminar retreat is complete.
Attendance and Scholarship Information
Participants are welcome to attend the second half of the retreat each day only. Full tuition is still required.
If you would like a scholarship, please first fill out the Summer Seminar Questionnaire. In your response to the last question, indicate that you would like a scholarship. Once you have been confirmed, we will provide a link to the scholarship application. Scholarship applications are due one week prior to the program start date, and scholarships are considered in the order that they are received, so if you are interested, please fill out the questionnaire above as soon as possible.
Note: Times below are provided in Mountain Time. You may join from any timezone.
9 am: Chants and Guided Meditation (sitting, tonglen) (Live program on Zoom)
10 am-noon: Sitting Practice (May or may not have a live component on Zoom)
2 pm-3:15 pm: Dharma Talk (Live on Zoom)
3:30-5: Shedra Groups (small group discussion) (Live on Zoom)
Evenings – optional Tara practice or contemplative movement (May or may not be every evening)
* People are welcome to attend this retreat from 2-5 pm only and skip the morning and evening sessions.
Acharya Holly Gayley is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on Buddhist literature in contemporary Tibet with special attention to gender and ethics. She is author of Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet (Columbia University Press, 2016) and co-editor of A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rimé Masters of Tibet (Wisdom Publications, 2017). As a senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala tradition, Holly regularly leads meditation workshops and retreats. https://hollygayley.org/
Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he completed shedra studies, practiced intensively, and served in various roles including as Shastri. He now lives and teaches at Shambhala Mountain Center, and spends a portion of each year in retreat.