Buddha's Contemplative Technology
Schedule & Location
This online event is hosted by Kagyu Sukha Choling in Ashland, Oregon, USA
To register, please visit the KSC website online
Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, 2021
Morning group instruction: 9:00 AM to noon USA PDT / 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM USA MDT each day
Afternoon group instruction: 2:00 to 4:30 PM USA PDT / 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM USA MDT each day
This program focuses on the Buddha's own technology for cultivating experiential knowledge of the Dharma through what we call "integrative practice," a multidimensional combination of three seminal techniques: listening, contemplating, and meditating.
Integrative practice is the Buddha's contemplative pedagogy, first recorded in the Pali suttas, and serving for over a thousand years in Tibetan Buddhism as the crucible for cultivating prajna (precise knowing). Rarely presented in detail in Dharma centers in the West, integrative practice is traditional and proven effective--and also organic, adaptable, and especially suited to modern practitioners. A content-neutral approach that is universally applicable to any teaching, integrative practice is disarmingly simple on its face. Nevertheless, it is a powerful means for bringing Dharma into everyday life. Though deeply personal, it lends itself readily to group instruction and practice.
The weekend itself mirrors the three-fold rhythm of integrative practice, incorporating cycles of listening, contemplating, and meditating over the course of two days. The resulting fundamental knowledge of the core elements of integrative practice and the active interplay between them empowers practitioners to hone their Dharma practice from within their individual interests, strengths, and weaknesses while remaining true to the Buddhadharma.