Spring 2019

All that we know as subject and object arises in dependence on other manifestations which are also dependent, and so on in all directions forever. This is the play of the inseparability of emptiness and the creative effulgence of awareness. We will look at the deconstructive freshness of the Heart Sutra and relate it to the view of Dzogchen. It will be practical as we seek to see how we solidify illusion and give ourselves and others a hard time.

As well as the Heart Sutra, James also taught from the text “The lamp clarifying the essentials of the way of meditation” by Tsultrim Zangpo.

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Spring 2006

This retreat was held from 28th April to 1st May 2006. Its title was Self-liberating karmic structures.

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Spring 2010

In the course of this retreat, James taught from the text “Mi Tag Gyud Kul” – Encouragement of Impermanence – written by Rigdzin Godem.

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Autumn 2018 – Intrinsic purity and purity through purification

This nine-day retreat took place between 6th October and 14th October 2018. During the retreat James considered various texts with regard to the aspect of purification:

The Heart Sutra (Saturday – Sunday)
The Meditation and mantra recitation of Prajnaparamita, Mother of All the Buddhas, from Gonpo Wangyal (Sunday, Friday)
The Evocation of Samantabhatra (Monday-Tuesday)
The Meditation and Recitation on Vajrasattva who Purifies Errors and Obscurations (Wednesday)
Vajrasattva practice from Ngöndro (Thursday)
Padmasambhava practice from C. R. Lama (Thursday-Friday)
Purification practice using Padmasambhava as form, from C.R. Lama (Friday)
Uncovering the Presence of the Mother of All the Buddhas, from Gonpo Wangyal (Friday-Sunday)

In the course of the Friday and Saturday teachings, various series of Semdzin practices were introduced and their effects discussed.

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Spring 2012

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Spring 2004

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Autumn 2001

Due to the technology of its day, this recording has variable sound quality and some passages may be missing.

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Autumn 2000

Due to the technology of its day, this recording has variable sound quality and some passages may be missing.

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Spring 2002

Due to the technology of its day, this recording has variable sound quality and some passages may be missing.

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Spring 2018 – The one ground and its qualities

In this retreat the focus was on using the dzogchen view to awaken to the inseperability of awareness and the openness of the ground. James was teaching from a text published in chapter 9 of the book Simply Being, where Padmasambhava sets out the truth of our existence.

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