Awakening through Mindfulness-Awareness: A Buddhist Meditation Retreat on the Four Noble Truths

With Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July 24 - 31, 2019
A summer week of practice at beautiful Sky Lake. Weekthun is an intensive, week-long meditation retreat for new and experienced meditators interested in deepening their mindfulness-awareness. This program's contemplative study and practice is based on the book "The Truth of Suffering and The Path of Liberation" by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In the teachings of the Buddha, understanding suffering as the path is the key to liberation. This program will include both guided group contemplation of this foundational teaching, one-to-one meditation instruction, and experiential mindfulness-awareness exercises.  The program will be full of practices carefully designed to cultivate mindfulness-awareness including: One-on-one meditation instruction Guided meditations Movement exercises Dharma talks…

Refuge Vow

With Acharya Gaylon Ferguson

July 30, 2019
  The Refuge Vow is a traditional vow that has been part of the Buddhist path for centuries. Taking a vow in a formal ceremony is a way to set our intention and to plant a deep seed of aspiration for the unfolding of our spiritual path. In taking the Refuge Vow, we take refuge in the three jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. In the Buddhist tradition, the purpose of taking refuge is to awaken from confusion and associate oneself with wakefulness… When we take refuge, we commit ourselves to the Buddhist path. —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche Application…

Wisdom of the Forest

With Dr. Eva Wong

August 2 - 4, 2019
Seeds fall on the ground. Saplings grow into trees. Trees leaf, flowers bloom, and the forest grows. Through endless cycles of time, old growth is replaced by new, and the journey begins once again. The path through the forest is a pathway of wisdom. As we walk in the forest, we witness birth, growth, death and renewal. In the magic of the forest, we see the seasons change; we mingle with the interplay of shadows and light; we bathe in the gentle sunlight dancing through the branches; and we dream in the primal darkness and wildness of the woods. Enter…

The Mysterious Female

With Dr. Eva Wong and Acharya Dale Asrael

August 4 - 8, 2019
"The Valley Spirit that never dies is called the Mysterious Female. The gates of the Mysterious Female are the roots of sky and earth." - Laos's Daodejing What is the Mysterious Female? It is the Tao, the Dark Womb, and the source of all that is born and unborn. This source is the primordial qi, the vapor of life. In birth, we emerge from the Mysterious Female, in life we are nourished by her, and in death we return to her embrace. Central to the practice of Qigong, the Taoist art of health and longevity, is the cultivation of this…

Fall Kado Retreat: The Way of Flowers

With Artist to the Court Marcia Shibata

September 19 - 23, 2019
“Kado” means “The Way of Flowers” and began in China over 2300 years ago. In Japan it is known as "Ikebana" and is considered a refined art form that studies nature as it is. Join us as we learn to arrange flowers to cultivate appreciation for each moment.

Water Babies Ceremony: For the Unborn and Untimely Dead

With Joanna Rotté

September 28, 2019
A water baby is a being that died before or not long after birth; a being not quite landed on the earth that was unable to develop fully in the human realm. A ceremony in recognition of water babies originated in Buddhist Japan after World War II when numerous women needed to terminate a pregnancy by means of abortion. The ceremony is a meaningful way for a parent to acknowledge the water baby and their interconnectedness. The ceremony includes meditation and compassion practices, making a jizo bodhisattva out of stones, profound appreciation of impermanence, expression through words, and resting in…

Four Dharmic Paths of Investigating Whiteness and Racism

With Gabe Dayley and Alexandria Barnes

October 11 - 13, 2019
This weekend will offer an introductory investigation of race, whiteness, and systemic racism for meditation practitioners who identify as white, providing a foundation from which white-identified meditators can begin the path of exploring their own social conditioning and cultivating tools to support them in confronting systemic racism and oppression in our society. The workshop incorporates the path of the Four Dignities, a central element of the Shambhala teachings and framework for the meditator's journey. Integrating Dharma teachings and embodied contemplative practices with material from the study of race, peacebuilding, and history, we will employ these teachings as a guide for…

Vajrayana Weekend

October 18 - 20, 2019
The New York City and Sky Lake communities have scheduled a Vajrayana Group Practice Weekend that is practitioner-directed, similar to bi-monthly group practice days.  This will be a time to go deeply into practice from Friday night through Sunday afternoon in the amazing Sky Lake container. The cost to participants is for lodging and a modest donation to Sky Lake.  Participants will be responsible for their own meals – and will be organized closer to the weekend.  Participants will not have access to the kitchen but may bring food to save in the fridge. Participants must have completed either Vajrayana Seminary or Sacred World. 

Confusion Dawns as Wisdom: The Sadhana of Mahamudra

With Derek Kolleeny

November 1 - 3, 2019
The Sadhana of Mahamudra Which Quells the Mighty Warring of the Three Lords of Materialism And Brings Realization of the Ocean of Siddhas of the Practice Lineage. The Sadhana of Mahamudra is an extraordinary poetic practice text that beautifully and powerfully expresses the essence of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s dharma transmission to the West. During this weekend, we will start by reviewing the structure of this text as it follows the traditional pattern of Vajrayana practice, and then explore the major dharma teachings that it expresses. Then we will go through a line by line commentary as well as the details…

Cultivating the Compassion Instinct

With Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown

November 8 - 10, 2019
The new science of compassion has found that human beings have a fundamental instinct for kindness, but have developed habits of harshness toward themselves and others. How can this compassion instinct be cultivated? The ancient traditions of Buddhism and Shambhala have found powerful ways of awakening this instinct through practices that build from self-­compassion to resilient compassion for others, including the difficult people in our lives. This retreat introduces several core lovingkindness practices of Naropa University’s Mindful Compassion Training, integrating the new science of compassion with ancient Buddhist and Shambhala meditation.

The Future is Open: Good Karma, Bad Karma and Beyond Karma

With Carolyn Rose Gimian

November 15 - 17, 2019
Chogyam Trungpa challenges both popular and fundamental misconceptions in our understanding of the Buddhist doctrines of karma and rebirth, sharing a view of the Buddhist path and the practice of meditation that can actually help people to wake up. Investigate how karma is related to our own experience through the practice of meditation, contemplative exercises, small group discussions and activities, and lectures.