This retreat has been postponed to 2021.
The teaching and practice of the Four Immeasurables is a rich teaching that awakens the boundless capacity of the heart. The name, Four Immeasurables, refers to the Sanskrit term Brahma Vihara, which literally means sublime abode. These sublime resting places are the four awakened states of equanimity, lovingkindness, compassion, and joy. When one grounds them in equanimity, they are immeasurable in scope. These are qualities that are not foreign to us, but our everyday experience of them is limited. When we let go of our personal agendas and perceived divide between self and other and turn our mind one-pointedly in the direction of these qualities, we naturally align ourselves with our innate, boundless heart. We inhabit it and effortlessly radiate these limitless qualities, which are our inherent in our being.
In this weekend retreat, we will engage with four traditional practices that are designed to help us reconnect with our innate awakened heart and guide us from a limited experience of equanimity, lovingkindness, compassion, and joy into one that is boundless and sublime. This is done through reflection and repeating aspirations for ours and others’ happiness and well-being. In doing this, we simultaneously bring the mind into stability—its natural state—thus nurturing both wisdom and compassion.
Open to all students. There are no prerequisites, though previous meditation experience will be helpful.
Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm on Zoom. A link will be sent separately.
Donation levels: $120/$150/$200
Led by Lama Döndrup
Lama Döndrup oversees the curriculum and offerings at Sukhasiddhi, in collaboration with the lamas and dharma leaders on the teachers council. Lama Döndrup has practiced and studied in the Buddhist tradition for over twenty years. After five years of Theravadin Buddhist training, she immersed herself in the teachings and practices of the Shangpa and Kagyu Vajrayana lineages. In 2005, she completed the three-year retreat and was authorized as a lama. Upon her return to Marin County, she began teaching classes and leading meditations at Sukhasiddhi Foundation, and in 2020 was authorized by Lama Palden as Resident Lama. Lama Döndrup enjoys guiding students through creation and completion stage meditations; helping them to feel confident in their own understanding of ceremonies and teachings; and supporting the natural unfolding of their innate wisdom. In addition to her Buddhist practice, Lama Döndrup has trained in the Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.