Date: 26th – 30th September 2019 

Retreat Leader: Paula (Nyingje) Chichester

Requirements: None

Cost: Generosity Model – Donation only (no suggested amount). 

Start and Finish times: 7pm on the 26th to 2pm on the 30th. People are welcome to arrive the day before and leave the day after is travelling long distances.

Accommodation: Dormitory beds, double and single rooms will be available at Land of Joy. Camping can be an option at certain times of year if you have your own tent but space is very limited. Beds are allocated based on individual or logistical needs.

About the Retreat

Seven Point Mind Training is the classic and inspiring Mahayana Buddhist Text written by the 11th Century Kadampa Master, Geshe Chekawa. Still totally relevant to modern busy life, this teaching  contains easy-to-understand instructions on cultivating understanding of emptiness and activating compassion. It also presents very helpful slogans to guide bodhisattva action in daily life.  This is a very practical series of “tried and true” advices and contemplations for transforming the life into pure dharma, where peace and kindness prevail.

Ton Len, the practice of giving and taking, the heart of this teaching, will be the focus of this experiential approach to the study of mind training. 

A favorite with many comtemporary masters, there are many English versions available in print. We will use the translation found in the book: ‘Advice from a Spiritual Friend’, which is a commentary by Lama Yeshe’s guru, Geshe Rabten. It is one of the very first books published by Wisdom Publications and is recommended reading for the retreat

The retreat will consist of guided meditations on the topics, informal talks, discussions and chi gong for the mind and body.

About the Teacher

Paula began her studies of Buddhism when she was 14 at Berkeley High School in California where she realized liberating delusion was key to healing our planet and its inhabitants. The focus on systems theory and ecology at university prepared her to apply the whole body/mind/culture/ environment to this ancient contemplative discipline of human transformation.

As a dancer, healer, singer, student of psychology and ecology, she brings all these elements into the understanding of the whole person and how tantra works in this greater context – while preserving the classical format of Lama Tsong Khapa’s ear-whispered lineage.

Inspired by the example of the meditators in Dharamsala and Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, she devoted the last 34 years to following the guidance those she calls her awesome, amazing teachers, primarily Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche and Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche.  —  which included 24 years preparing for and completing long retreats — 2 of which were 4 year solitary great maha-anuttara yoga retreats.

She studies with teachers from all 4 schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Her goal in life has been steady since childhood: to realize Mahamudra and do all she can to bring peace and environmental justice to our world.