OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative Annual Meditative Retreat
Presence in The Face of Fear with Amita Lhamo
Co-sponsored by Hundere Endowed Chair in Religion and Culture
April 17, 18, 19, 2020 ONLINE | Home Retreat
Saturday 10am-12pm; 2-4pm; 7-8pm
Sunday 10am-12pm; 2-4pm; 7-8pm
FREE for ALL - Please share with anyone who would benefit.
Email ContemplativeStudies@oregonstate.edu by 4/16 to register and receive the Zoom Link.
In this retreat, we will explore the nature of presence, and inquire how it can be revealed. To guide the inquiry, Amita will share Native American teachings that describe the layers of the heart, or ways of seeing, as four worlds of a forest. These teachings provide a map that reflect embodied human experience, as well as a guide for the different ways we might view the fullness of all we are—what everything is. This study naturally invites a contemplation of the many ways we can be present in and with fear and vulnerability—greeting multifaceted needs with presence and kindness. It also reveals the spiritual path itself—the ways we open into the fullness of awareness. Note that this retreat will be structured so as to minimize "screen" time and maximize instruction/guidance from Amita.
Prior to the start of the retreat on Friday evening, we recommend:
Cleaning and tidying up your home
Gathering necessary resources, (i.e. food, etc)
Setting clear parameters for technology use during the weekend (reduce distractions to the extent possible).
Communicating your intentions for retreat and quietude to housemates or family members/friends who expect to hear from you
Setting up a special, sacred place to view the teachings and practice.
Tidy up loose ends for work or school, come with a "clean slate."
About the Teacher:
Amita Lhamo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is the founding director of The Mandorla Project, a 501(c) organization dedicated to exploring the relationship between spirituality and care for the dying. As a spiritual practitioner, she studied within the Lakota dream tradition, working with her first teacher for nearly a decade before meeting the lineage of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and studying with his Dzogchen lineage holder, Lama Drimed Norbu. Under his guidance, she completed a five-year meditation retreat in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
She is the author of Dandelions Blooming in the Cracks of Sidewalks: Stories from the Bedside of the Dying and the forthcoming, Wisdom Moon: Presence in Dying. She integrates her spiritual training with her professional experience as a hospice chaplain and psychotherapist, to write, counsel, and teach.
Friday, April 17 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, April 18 at 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday, April 19 at 10:00am to 8:00pm