Autumn 2019 – The Happy Twins

Dzogchen and Mahamudra are harmoniously complementary. Their evocative styles offer us beautiful metaphors which can sweetly and poetically ease us out of our rigid concepts. The retreat was focussed on two texts, the Mirror of Luminous Revelation, a dzogchen treasure text from Nuden Dorje Drophen Lingpa Drolo Tsal, and the Mahamudra Upadesha by Tilopa. The Nuden Dorje text was previously translated as “The Mirror of clear meaning”. Teachings on the Mirror of Luminous Revelation started on Sunday, while teachings on the Mahamudra Upadesha began on Wednesday.

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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 Samantabhadra (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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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

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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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