The Heart of Awareness
Dzogchen Summer retreat
Summer Retreat with James Low
June 11 - 14th 2020
A weekend retreat with James Low in the beautiful grounds of Emerson College on the edge of the Ashdown forest. This is a beautiful summer retreat potentially of benefit to anyone.
A true treasure in this fleeting life.
This is a wonderful opportunity to take a break from the endless
distractions of life and simply be at ease, relaxed and present in the beautiful
grounds of Emerson College.
James is a wonderful teacher, who shares the ancient wisdom of Dzogchen (great perfection) teachings from Tibet, in a way that is free from dogma and cultural baggage, that makes it accessible to our everyday lives. This is not self help or new age philosophy, but simply a way to meet life each moment, bringing a freedom from stress and anxiety and hopefully less neurosis.
More details of James and Dzogchen teachings on: www.simplybeing.co.uk
Most of all it is a beautiful opportunity to really appreciate our life right now,
in this very moment.
The costs for the retreat are below (keep scrolling down).
We aim to fill up the retreat and make it accessible to everyone,
so if finance is a problem, send us an email and we can work with whatever you can afford. Teachings such as these are timeless and
a beautiful treasure for both living and dying well
Ever Healing Awareness
" Maintain emptiness and compassion without distraction. Always free of effort and struggle, contemplate the flow of awareness"
The key thing is to be kind to yourself. The barriers we have to entering into presence are already hard enough. If we try to become great heroes and push our way through we will make the resistance even greater. Tenderness and love are always important. Being tender towards ourselves, being very finely attuned to what is going on. We are simply being present to whatever occurs, here and now.
If somebody comes to us and tells us they have done terrible things and they are really upset by it, we are touched by that and we want to help them. All the stupid or bad things that we feel that we have done, the things that we feel ashamed about, we have only ever done them out of confusion or pain, out of ignorance.
The path to integration is not through punishment but through tenderly accepting ourselves as we are, so we can come close to ourselves. And if we come close to ourselves then the most subtle breach of subject and object as two entities is gradually collapsed. And through the moment of loving ourselves very deeply and profoundly, which is at the heart of true meditation, we make this primary integration into our true nature.
If we take up this tender attention it will take us into the depths of meditative evenness, which means the state in which the mind is not disturbed by anything that arises. And that will naturally integrate into our daily lives, where we find ourselves in the world with other people. If we can be relaxed, open and at ease in these two states, that is said to be awake.
The natural condition is not against you, other people are not against you in your nature, primarily we against ourselves. When we get on the same side as ourselves, the world turns around and we start to feel this flow of energy flowing through us. And we start to awaken to the fact that we are nothing but this non dual integrated manifestation of presence."
Through meditation and reflection we will open to being present where we are, as we are, available and ready to work with circumstances.
The weekend will offer various practices such as Meditation and simple movement.