Deepening Your Practice | Namchak

Deepening Your Practice

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If you have an established meditation practice and are interested in Tibetan Buddhism, we have a range of in-person and online offerings taught by Tibetan Buddhist and Western masters. Teachings are in the Namchak lineage, a branch of the Nyingma tradition, and can take you from the beginning of your journey all the way through a three-year retreat and beyond.

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6:30 pm
Nov
01
2019

Vipassana Retreat: Exploring Mindfulness of Phenomena

Join master teacher Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend retreat focusing on a meditation practice that is intended to help clear your lens and get to the essence of your true self.

This retreat is the final part of Namchak’s three-part series focusing on the time-tested practice of insight meditation, or Vipassana. Here we examine the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, a systematic guide to practicing mindfulness in a progression.

In this weekend retreat, we will examine the fourth foundation of mindfulness by contemplating phenomena or mental constructs. In everyday life, we see and experience reality through a lens built by stories, past experiences, feelings, judgments, and more. By bringing our awareness to the mental objects that construct our vision of reality, we begin to understand our true connectedness and the impermanent nature of reality. This exploration is a profound opening to understanding the true nature of ourselves and the world.

This retreat is appropriate for those who have an established Vipassana practice and have received some teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Details:

Nov 1-3

  • Friday: 6:30 – 9pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 10am – 5pm

Location: Here Now Space (132 Perry St., 2B | New York, NY 10014)

What to expect from this retreat:

  • Extensive teachings and instruction exploring Vipassana, focusing on Mindfulness of Phenomena
  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life
  • Short, guided meditations
  • Continued support and guidance from Khen Rinpoche following the conclusion of the retreat.

 

Tuition:

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact amanda@namchak.org.

  • $200 general admission
  • $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop 
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students
  • Work-study options available

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact amanda@namchak.org for more information.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises for lunch nearby.

About the Teacher

Khen Rinpoche is a Tibetan Master who completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous great teachers. He also completed the nine years of rigorous training and served at the Namdroling Monastery for several years. Enthroned as Khenpo by HH Penor Rinpoche, he taught at the Shedras of Ringo Tulku and Shechen Monastery for many years, as instructed. Khen Rinpoche strictly abides by his precepts in everyday life and is diligent in his practice. He visits and teaches around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other locations. While in the U.S., he resides and meditates at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.

 

 

 

 

6:30 pm
Nov
08
2019

Vipassana Retreat: Exploring Mindfulness of Body & Feelings

Join master teacher Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend retreat exploring Vipassana meditation, that will help you understand your perceptions and get to the essence of your true self. This teaching-focused retreat will provide a doorway to Vipassana for beginners and those with some mindfulness experience.

This retreat is part one of Namchak’s three-part series focusing on the simple, time-tested practice of insight meditation, or Vipassana. We examine the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, a systematic guide to practicing Vipassana in a progressive path.

Spend a weekend learning the first two stages of mindfulness by exploring mindfulness of the body and feelings. Ground yourself in the present moment by gaining full awareness of the experience of being in a body – starting with the sensation of breathing, movement, and working up to contemplating impermanence. Then build your capacity for true mindfulness by bringing awareness to those feelings that are gratifying, unpleasant, or neutral as they pass.

These time-honored, proven techniques train you to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.

Details:

November 8-10

  • Friday: 6:30 – 9pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 10am – 5pm

Location: Oakstop 1721 Broadway, Oakland Ca 94612

What to expect from this retreat:

  • Extensive teachings and instruction exploring Vipassana, focusing on Mindfulness of the Body and Feelings.
  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life.
  • Short, guided meditations (15-30 minutes).
  • Continued support and guidance from Khen Rinpoche following the conclusion of the retreat.

 

Tuition:

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact amanda@namchak.org.

  • $200 general admission
  • $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop 
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students
  • Work-study options available

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact amanda@namchak.org for more information.

 

Retreat Schedule:

Friday:

  • 6:00pm: Check-In
  • 6:30pm: Retreat begins: with a short refresher on mindfulness practice.
  • 7:30pm: Guided meditation
  • 8:00pm: Tea break
  • 8:15pm: Introduction to Vipassana theory, practice, and benefits.
  • 8:45pm: Q&A
  • 9:00pm: Close

Saturday Introduction to Mindfulness of Body through theory, stories, and instruction for practice. There will be time for Q&A throughout the day.

  • 8:00am: Optional self-guided meditation practice.
  • 9:30am: Check-in & refreshments
  • 10:00am: Daily session begins
  • 11:30am: Tea break
  • 11:45am: Resume teachings and meditations
  • 1:00pm: Lunch break (Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises for lunch nearby.)
  • 3:00pm: Resume
  • 4:00pm: Tea break
  • 4:15pm: Resume
  • 5:00pm: Close
  • 6:00pm: Optional no-host community dinner

Sunday Introduction to Mindfulness of Feeling through theory, stories, and instruction for practice. There will be time for Q&A throughout the day.

  • 8:00am: Optional self-guided meditation practice.
  • 9:30am: Check-in & refreshments
  • 10:00am: Daily session begins
  • 11:30am: Tea break
  • 11:45am: Resume
  • 1:00pm: Lunch break  (Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises for lunch nearby.)
  • 3:00pm: Resume
  • 4:00pm: Tea break
  • 4:15pm:Resume
  • 5:00pm: Close

*The retreat space will be open for self-guided meditation over the lunch hour.

 

About the teacher

Khen Rinpoche is a Tibetan Master who completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous great teachers. He also completed nine years of rigorous training and served at the Namdroling Monastery for several years. Enthroned as Khenpo by HH Penor Rinpoche, he taught at the Shedras of Ringo Tulku and Shechen Monastery for many years, as instructed. Khen Rinpoche strictly abides by his precepts in everyday life and is diligent in his practice. He visits and teaches around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other locations. While in the U.S., he resides and meditates at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.

6:30 pm
Nov
15
2019

Vipassana Retreat: Exploring Mindfulness of Phenomena

Join master teacher Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend retreat focusing on a meditation practice that is intended to help clear your lens and get to the essence of your true self.

This retreat is the final part of Namchak’s three-part series focusing on the time-tested practice of insight meditation, or Vipassana. Here we examine the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, a systematic guide to practicing mindfulness in a progression.

In this weekend retreat, we will examine the fourth foundation of mindfulness by contemplating phenomena or mental constructs. In everyday life, we see and experience reality through a lens built by stories, past experiences, feelings, judgments, and more. By bringing our awareness to the mental objects that construct our vision of reality, we begin to understand our true connectedness and the impermanent nature of reality. This exploration is a profound opening to understanding the true nature of ourselves and the world.

This retreat is appropriate for those who have an established Vipassana practice and have received some teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.

Details:

November 15 – 17

  • Friday: 6:30 – 9pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 10am – 5pm

Location: Oakstop 1721 Broadway, Oakland Ca 94612

What to expect from this retreat:

  • Extensive teachings and instruction exploring Vipassana, focusing on Mindfulness of Phenomena
  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life
  • Short, guided meditations
  • Continued support and guidance from Khen Rinpoche following the conclusion of the retreat.

 

Tuition:

Our intention is to make this workshop accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please contact amanda@namchak.org.

  • $200 general admission
  • $100 if first time at a Namchak weekend workshop 
  • $100 for 65+ seniors and students
  • Work-study options available

Stipends to help offset the cost of childcare are also available. Please contact amanda@namchak.org for more information.

Note: Beverages and snacks will be provided, lunches will be on your own. There will be ample time to leave the premises for lunch nearby.

About the Teacher

Khen Rinpoche is a Tibetan Master who completed the study of all the Indian Buddhist philosophical traditions and the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism under numerous great teachers. He also completed the nine years of rigorous training and served at the Namdroling Monastery for several years. Enthroned as Khenpo by HH Penor Rinpoche, he taught at the Shedras of Ringo Tulku and Shechen Monastery for many years, as instructed. Khen Rinpoche strictly abides by his precepts in everyday life and is diligent in his practice. He visits and teaches around the world, including the Namchak Foundation and the Namchak Retreat Ranch, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other locations. While in the U.S., he resides and meditates at the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.

 

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