R E T R E A T

Shamatha is typically translated as “calm abiding.” It refers to the basic meditation technique practiced by all schools of Buddhism. Shamatha retrains this busy mind to observe the thinking process, rather than being captive to it. In recent years, the technique has also become the core of secular approaches to stress reduction and other health-promoting strategies.

 

 

 

 

 

At this five-day intensive, we’ll spend six to eight hours daily exploring and deepening our relationship with shamatha. Our practice will be punctuated with movement, stretching, one-on-one meditation support, some talks, and some discussion. Our main focus, however, will be on the meditation practice itself.

“Calm abiding” doesn’t necessarily mean that practicing this technique makes us calm. Rather, it implies that it’s possible to engage every experience without the compulsive reactivity that keeps us trapped in habits of suffering. Shamatha is the path to meeting our lives with spaciousness, curiosity, and humor.

 

 

 

 

 

What:
Shamatha Intensive

Where:
Benet Hill Monastery, 3190 Benet Lane,        Colorado Springs, CO

When:
Wednesday October 27, 5 PM – 
Sunday October 31, 2 PM

Teacher:
Jennifer “Wood” Woodhull

Cost:
Total cost is $345 to $595, depending on your room and meal selections. Details re cost selections are provided in the registration form.

Scholarship funds are available.
Opportunities exist to offer what is affordable, and to provide scholarship funding for those who could not attend without financial support.

Due Dates listed on registration form.

You are invited to offer the teacher dana at the retreat—cash and checks payable to Jennifer Woodhull.

Space is limited. Register soon if you wish to attend. 

O N G O I N G   E V E N T S

The Path of Individual Liberation by Chögyam Trungpa

 

The Book Study Group is on pause!

Where: Zoom (link will be provided to registrants)

Cost: Suggested donation $50 (scholarship support available)

To register let Dharma works know your interested through the contact page.

Join Us

for meaningful teachings and discussions on Sunday evenings, 6-7:30ish pm. The ongoing topic is the Lojong Slogans.

Visit the resource page for recorded teachings and if you wish to join us, contact us for more information.

 

Wood is offering lojong teachings for sangha in South Africa. These gatherings are scheduled on the first and third Sundays of the month at 6 PM during US daylight savings, South African time (10 AM Mountain Time). 
 
This option offers a different time for people who have difficultly making it on any given Sunday evening, and is also an opportunity to go back to earlier lojong slogans they may have missed.
 
All are welcome to join us at these online gatherings.

Click on the WhatsApp group link, https://chat.whatsapp.com/Ce2sc41eu4d2LRQNWFoM46
if you’re interested.

Needless to say, it’s fine to attend both gatherings!

Join us in the fall 2021 for more Game Night!

M O R E   R E S O U R C E S

Weekly Zoom Gatherings

Join us for our weekly sangha meeting on Zoom at 6 PM every Sunday evening. Click below to hear recordings of previous talks.

Books

We’re fortunate to have access to many excellent Dharma books. The few featured here represent a more or less random selection of those we’ve found particularly helpful. The emphasis on Chögyam Trungpa’s and Pema Chodron’s books reflects the inspiration of our lineage.

Private Dharma Counseling

Dharma counseling is a form of personal support based on Buddhist insights, ethics, and practices. Our teacher, Jennifer Woodhull, has an active Dharma counseling practice. Please indicate in the “message” space of our contact form that you would like to explore this possibility.