OSU's Contemplative Studies Initiative Annual Meditative Retreat
The Healing Nature of Presence 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 challenging times, we often try to seek meaning in the very things that are changing. We can easily get caught in fear, planning, thinking or reacting; even as these challenges soften the barriers around our hearts and invite us to taste an inner silence or presence at the center of our being. This is especially true when we find ourselves in conditions like solitude or other physical seclusion that imitates the retreat practices of spiritual aspirants. In this meditative retreat, Amita will guide us into the layers of the heart to touch the many qualities of presence available to us. Using the conditions of these times, we will explore ways for opening into awareness and ask how this changes our perspective, most especially of ourselves as part of an interconnected world in which we share a common underlying unity. We will make room for both our vulnerabilities and our creative capacities for kindness.
This retreat is designed to minimize extended periods of screen time and maximize the guidance and support from Amita. To the best of your ability, carve out as much of the weekend to remain in "retreat mode" between sessions, overnight, and in the mornings. Amita will provide instruction for practices that can be carried out offline with time for clarification, discussion, and questions.
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.
Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 10:00am to 8:00pmVirtual Event