Level 1 Mahamudra Meditation Retreats


Choose your setting!

Discover the Pointing Out Way path in an urban oasis, or surrounded by the beauty of the Colorado Rockies.

 
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LEVEL 1 | DURHAM, NC | APRIL 28 - MAY 5, 2019

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LEVEL 1 | BOULDER, CO | JUNE 1 - JUNE 8, 2019


The world needs you to awaken

Now more than ever, the world needs us to wake up and recognize the precious opportunity in this lifetime to elevate human consciousness.  The teachings of the Buddha reveal a path to escaping the noise and suffering of attachments. The Pointing Out Way is grounded in the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience, integrated with the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions. Either location will offer you the perfect opportunity to experience the expansion of the heart and exploration of the mind in a fully supported setting.


Offering You A Fully Guided Experience

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The Pointing Out Way refers to a style of teaching meditation that puts the teacher and student in a direct relationship. You will be offered detailed explanations during every session throughout the week. Dr. John Churchill will guide you step-by-step through common experiences and obstacles, providing a clear path that is responsive to the specific needs of the student.

In the early essence traditions of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, like the Great Seal of Mahamudra and the Great Perfection of Dzogschen meditation traditions, students were literally sung into awakening by their teachers using pithy poem-songs called dohas. The Tibetan word, ngo sprod pa means “to point out” or “to introduce.” The teacher offers detailed explanation of the typical meditation experiences, way to practice, and common problems that arise at each stage of meditation practice.

Students describe the meditation experience in detail while the teacher carefully monitors the student’s meditation progress.

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When the student has developed the practice so as to make the mind ‘fit,’ the teacher points out the real nature of the mind and the protected practices that enable the student to awaken to the mind’s real nature.

John's teaching of the Pointing Out Way combines a strong grounding in the Western scientific study of the contemplative experience, integrated with the ancient Indian and Tibetan spiritual traditions and the wisdom of their direct transmission lineages. This provides Westerners of all levels with simple, profound and clear access to the deepest spiritual traditions.

$1200 for the full eight days.  Accommodations and meals extra.  

*Click here for special, limited discount offered at Aloft Durham for participants.

Retreat Terms & Conditions:

25% of the tuition is a non-refundable deposit. If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the retreat, you will receive a 75% refund.

If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the retreat, you may put your tuition minus the 25% non-refundable deposit toward another upcoming retreat with Dr. John Churchill within 1 calendar year of the date of credit being issued. Unused credits will not be extended, nor refunded.


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Urban Meditation Immersion

Enjoy the convenience of staying and practicing at Aloft in Durham, which is ideally located in the heart of the historic American Tobacco District, steps from the best dining and entertainment downtown has to offer.

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Aloft is a modern oasis for its comfort, service, and proximity to several restaurants and shops.

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Aloft offers every modern amenity you could want during your retreat. Enjoy the market & cafe for 24/7 grab & go light meals, healthy snacks, make-your-own cappuccinos and more.  Before or after sitting meditation, get your body moving at Aloft's 24/7 fitness facility, or relax after a long day at the outdoor pool.


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Rocky Mountain Meditation

Boulder's dramatic landscape is on full display with sunny days and stunning views of the Flatirons. This setting will engage all of the senses, allowing Nature to soften the spirit and shift your consciousness. 

Hosted in the private home of sangha members, you will spend your days in a comfortable retreat setting, surrounded by the calming beauty of the grounds. 

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Perched close to Left-hand creek, students can enjoy catered lunch each day with plenty of time to visit with sangha members or enjoy a beautiful walk by the creek or a hike in the nearby hills.

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Boulder is a wonderful destination for all who are dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability.

Cost: 

$1200 for the full eight days. Accommodations and meals extra.

Retreat Terms & Conditions:

25% of the tuition is a non-refundable deposit. If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the retreat, you will receive a 75% refund.

If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the retreat, you may put your tuition minus the 25% non-refundable deposit toward another upcoming retreat with Dr. John Churchill within 1 calendar year of the date of credit being issued. Unused credits will not be extended, nor refunded.


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