Listen in as we chat about methods and techniques to master the elusive art of concentration.
I am so excited to be working with my dear friend and Buddhist teacher, Scott Tusa. Ordained by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, he spent nine years as a Buddhist monk, with much of that time engaged in solitary meditation retreat and study in the United States, India, and Nepal.
We’ve both had the experience of wanting to go deeper into meditation and the Buddhist path but finding it hard to navigate. Now, after spending a collective 45 years practicing, we want to offer the mentoring relationship that we were desperately seeking during our formidable years to other seekers like yourself.
This Level 1 course is meant to demystify the complexities of Buddhism and present the path in a clear step-by-step manner.By course end, you will no longer be in the dark wondering what meditations or practices to do or wondering what you are missing. Instead, you will be practicing; diving deep into the experiential aspects of the practice with certainty and clarity.
All levels welcome. Perfect for those wanting an introduction or are looking to deepen their understanding of Buddhist thought and practice with qualified mentorship.
Scott teaches meditation and Buddhist psychology nationally and supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika Sangha as a practice advisor. He trained in Buddhist philosophy and meditation with some of the greatest living masters since his early twenties, including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and Tulku Sangag Rinpoche.
He has taught extensively throughout the United States, and is featured regularly at MNDFL, Tibet House, Against the Stream, InsightLA, and teaching retreats with Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Pundarika sangha. He has also been featured at the Den Meditation, Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center, Vajrapani Institute, Courage of Care, Shantideva Meditation Center, and many other meditation organizations and communities. Now, he and I would like to offer the benefit of our experience to you.
Because we want to have the capacity to offer attention to each individual mentee, there are a limited number of spots available in this virtual course. Be sure to sign up before we sell out! I look forward to working with you!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more information about Scott, please visit his website: scotttusa.com
Join Beth Sternlieb, Gullu Singh and I April 2 – April 8, 2018 at Royal Way Spiritual Retreat Center for InsightLA’s True Refuge retreat.
Time in retreat allows us to step out of the complexity of our life, to listen deeply to our body, heart and mind.
A retreat provides an opportunity and a caring container deepening our mediation practice. The mindfulness practice on retreats is often accompanied and complemented by training in loving-kindness meditation.
Most of the retreat is held in silence, with periods of sitting and walking meditation There are teaching talks, guided meditations, time for questions and answers and meetings with a teacher. Three healthy vegetarian meals are provided for participants and dietary restrictions are accommodated to whenever possible.
Retreatants are encouraged to practice mindfulness in a continuous way, staying with their own present experience as it unfolds, moment to moment. In this silent and mindful environment, awareness sharpens, the body quiets, the mind clears, and space opens for insight and understanding to develop.
By cultivating the power of awareness, clarity and kindness, we discover our path to inner freedom and a peaceful heart deeper, for the benefit or our relationship to our selves, our community and our wider world,.
Retreats are led by a team of experienced teachers. The teachers offer instructions, dharma talks and regularly scheduled practice meetings to provide guidance throughout the retreat.
The daily rhythm of a retreat usually involves alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation, nature walks, meals and tea, as well as practice meetings, dharma talks and rest periods. The first sitting usually begins before breakfast. Each morning the teachers offer continuing meditation instructions for the day. The whole retreat is a succession of mindfulness training, breathing practices, deep awareness of the body and environment, meditations on the nature of feelings, and awareness of mind are from the Buddhist Insight Meditation tradition.
Sitting Meditation: Sitting meditation is at the heart of silent retreats. In sitting practice silence and stillness develop, concentration deepens, and awareness expands. The training of the heart brings kindness and compassion for all that arises. We come in to presence and learn to find freedom in the midst of life that as it truly is.
Walking Meditation: Walking gracefully and wisely on the earth is also a way to practice meditation. On retreat, periods of walking meditation alternate with periods of sitting meditation. Through walking practice we learn to sustain meditative awareness through movement. In walking meditation we become aware in the midst of activity. Throughout the retreat we learn to cultivate a mindful awareness in all postures, sitting walking and lying dwon.
Eating Meditation: An awareness of food, and the mindful understanding of the entire process of nourishment and eating is included in the practice at retreats. Retreatants are encouraged to bring the same calm, focused attention to eating as is brought to sitting and walking. Mindful eating is a wonderful context for the arising of insights. Every bite of food we eat contains, rain, sun, earth and the work of many, many beings.
Dharma Talks and guided meditations: Each day, the teachers present a different set of teachings that are central to practicing mindfulness and compassion. These teaching can be applied to our own experience. Sometimes the talks focus on retreat practice, and sometimes they offer teachings for wise living in the world.
“True Refuge” refuge in awareness, refuge in the truth of the way things are, and refuge in caring, kind relationship are . Through the practice of mindfulness and compassion we will explore ways to let go of fear and reactive habit patterns so that we can find refuge here and now. Class will include guided meditation instruction, teachings, and class discussion. Recommended reading but not required: True Refuge: Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, by Tara Brach
The course is ideal for the student who has already taken the “Basics of Mindfulness Meditation” class, or has completed the “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program,” and who wishes to deepen their mindfulness meditation practice. If you have some meditation experience but have not taken an InsightLA class, please contact the teacher.
Retreat will be traditional three refuges; Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha can be understood as refuge in compassionate awareness, refuge in the truth of the way things are, and refuge in caring, kind relationship. Through the practice of mindfulness and compassion we will explore ways to let go of fear and reactive habit patterns so that we can find refuge here and now. Class will include guided meditation instruction, teachings, and class discussion. Recommended reading but not required: True Refuge: Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart, by Tara Brach”