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Buddhadharma : Summer 2006
summer 2006| 80 |buddhadharma DZOGCHEN CENTER BUDDHISM FOR THE WEST dzogchen the natural great perfection DZOGCHEN RETREATS WITH LAMA SURYA DAS Dzogchen is the consummate practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Considered by many to be "the teaching of our time," Dzogchen is direct, immediate, essentialized, adaptable, and profound: a pure awareness practice applicable to any circumstance and readily integrated into modern life. Dzogchen, often translated as the Natural Great Perfection, directly introduces us to our inner Buddha, the inherent freedom, purity and perfection of being that is our true nature. Dzogchen Center Meditation Retreats are held across the country, throughout the year as shown below: DZOGCHEN MEDITATION RETREATS Garrison, NY Summer July 15 – 30, 2006 Santa Rosa, CA Fall October 7 – 15, 2006 Garrison, NY Winter December 29, 2006 – January 7, 2007 Joshua Tree, CA Spring March 24 – April 1, 2007 MULTIPLE TEACHINGS DAILY • NOBLE SILENCE • BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS VEGETARIAN MEALS • PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE, AND DORM ROOMS AVAILABLE For complete information and secure on-line registration for all of these scheduled events, go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-628 -1702. LAMA SURYA DAS is the author of the recently released Natural Radiance: Awakening to Your Great Perfection (Sounds True) and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be (Broadway Books). He is also the noted author of the Awakening Trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred, and Awakening the Buddhist Heart. Lama Surya Das is a Lineage Holder of the Dzogchen Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the Rimé (non-sectarian) tradition. For over thirty years, including more than eight years in secluded retreat, he has studied with the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. With his open and lively style, he is particularly effective in the transmission of Buddhism by presenting Buddhist ethics and insight, as well as methods of practice, in a manner accessible to all. Main House at Zen Mountain Monastery in New York’s Catskill Mountains “Home of the Eight Gates Training Matrix.” Abbot: John Daido Loori, Roshi Fire Lotus City Temple – Zen Center of New York City “Because the fire burns, the lotus blooms.” The still center of urban life Dharma Communications “Support for your spiritual practice at home.” Buddhist information, communication and education Society of Mountains and Rivers “World-wide spiritual community.” Network of affiliate groups from New Jersey to New Zealand National Buddhist Prison Sangha “Finding the freedom within.” Director: Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei Zen Environmental Studies Institute “On behalf of wilderness.” Retreat sites in the Catskills and Adirondack Mountains For information, contact us at Zen Mountain Monastery P.O. Box 197SS • Mt Tremper, NY 12457 • (845) 688-2228 • email@example.com See our award-winning web site at www.mro.org for a comprehensive overview of the MRO Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen Buddhism