Turning the Mind into an Ally: An Introduction to Meditation with Jenny Bondurant
June 12–14, 2009
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.
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
Jenny Bondurant began practicing meditation in 1980, under the direction of her teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She has completed the traditional Buddhist three-year retreat and is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. She divides her time between teaching and retreat practice at her home in Colorado.
Jenny Bondurant has been a dharma teacher for 30 years, both in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, and in the tradition of Anam Thubten from whom she received ordination as a teacher. An adjunct faculty member in the Contemplative Psychology Department at Naropa University, she leads retreats on Maitri Space Awareness and working with the energy of the emotions. www.jennybondurant.com
Financial aid is available for this program.