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Weekend Retreat on Mahamudra with Ven. George Churinoff

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INTRODUCTORY/OPEN TO ALL: No prior knowledge or experience required; no registration required

 

WHEN: October 25th, 2019, 7:30 - 9:00 PM; October 26th and 27th, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (lunch 12:30 - 2:00 PM) please check Calendar to confirm

 

WHERE: The Guhyasamaja Center, Professional Center of Fairfax Building, 10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA

 

TEACHER/FACILITATOR: Venerable George Churinoff

 

Mahamudra - "The Great Seal" - refers to emptiness itself and to certain very special meditative methods used to realize emptiness. Rather than emphasizing the philosophical meaning of emptiness as a preliminary, it strives from the start for personal experience of the clear light nature of the mind and then proceeds to meditate on and experience emptiness first hand.

 

The seminar will draw from the explanatory text and auto-commentary by the Panchen Lama, as well a presentation of that material in the recent book by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Mahamudra - How to Discover Our True Nature.

 

Sessions will consist of lectures on the commentary but will emphasize meditation on the various stages. Periods will also be set aside for answering questions.

The course is open to and appropriate for all levels of students and should be of interest to those wishing to have a taste of the meaning of emptiness.

Lunch, on your own, 12:30-2:00 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

Biography

A physics graduate from MIT, Venerable George earned a Masters degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University, India. He took ordination in 1975 and studied the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute, England, where he also served as Spiritual Program Coordinator. Venerable George was instrumental in founding the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, where he also served as Program Coordinator. After studying and teaching there for eight years he spent several years at Tushita Centre in Delhi, followed by three years as Lama Osel Rinpoche's English curriculum tutor at Sera Je Monastery in South India. Venerable George has done many retreats in the sutra and tantra traditions and taught extensively in FPMT centers all over the world. He taught the Basic Program as resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand and at Land of Medicine Buddha, USA. Venerable George now resides in North Carolina where he recently completed a three year meditation retreat.

 

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Members: $30 per day or $60 for all 3 days

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