Turning the Mind into an Ally: An Introduction to Meditation

Shar Lee and Cynthia Kneen

April 10–12, 2009

Tuition $125 + 2 nights

During this retreat, we will receive practical instructions for living in an awakened way through peaceful abiding meditation, which connects us with our mind’s inherent stability, clarity, and strength. The program will also include basic grounding in the principles of meditation, as well as contemplative techniques to gain insight into the state of our mind and the state of our life.

We will draw from Turning the Mind into an Ally, the best-selling book by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We’re left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don’t we think about training our minds?

— From Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Shar Lee

Shar Lee, CYI, has been teaching yoga and Buddhist meditation internationally since 1966. After studying Zen Buddhism in the United States, she studied Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal with several esteemed lamas. In 1987, she began training in Tibetan Cranial work with Lama Dorje in Kathmandu, Nepal.

For more information on Tibetan Cranial work, visit www.tibetancranial.org.

Cynthia Kneen

Cynthia Kneen is a long-time practitioner of Buddhism and Shambhala under the guidance of Trungpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and others. A meditation instructor and author of the award-winning book Awake Mind, Open Heart and best-selling CDs Shambhala Warrior Training, she has just completed three years training in Italy in dharmic theater with an emphasis on clown.

Program Details

Financial aid is available for this program.