Appreciating the rarity and preciousness of having interest and opportunity to do retreat, and dropping any expectations we have about retreat.
Series: Manjushri Retreat (Winter 2015)
The meaning of retreat is not finding the perfect external environment, but retreating from the afflictions. How to use everything as part of the practice.
The importance of setting a Dharma motivation to help us cultivate joyous effort and use our time in retreat fruitfully.
Teachings on the Manjushri practice and a question and answer session with the one-month Manjushri retreatants at Sravasti Abbey.
Advice on how to cultivate wisdom to counteract our wrong views while on retreat.
The purpose and benefits of maintaining silence during retreat.
Seeing our afflictions as mere mind moments that have a similar “flavor” to which we then give a label. They are not inherently existent.
An explanation of the meaning and purpose of the seed syllables. What to contemplate as we do the various visualizations in the Manjushri sadhana.
Explaining the four maras that Yamantaka destroys: the afflictions, polluted aggregates, death, and the son of the gods.
How to work with the self-centered mind that creeps up on us in the middle of retreat.