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  • Big Sur, CA, 93920
  • United States

Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening: The Path of Zen

Rather than trying to become a buddha, nothing could be simpler than taking the shortcut of remaining a buddha.
— Zen master Bankei

We are that which we long for. In the original spirit of Zen, we focus on direct experience. We recognize that we are already the Buddha. Given the fact that we often do not experience ourselves that way, through compassionate awareness we inquire into the nature of what appears to block realization. Even while exploring the mind of limitation, we do so from the recognition of ourselves as whole, complete, and interconnected. Our practice of inquiry becomes a non-practice of resting and remaining in that which we already are.

This workshop is part of Esalen’s property-wide Essential Buddhist Teachings on Awakening silent retreat. During this rich weekend, simultaneous workshops exploring other streams of Buddhist teachings will be offered by Lama Palden Drolma, JoAnna Hardy and Mark Coleman.

On Saturday evening, the workshops will all come together to discuss and explore the differing and complementary perspectives of Buddhist teachings from different traditions.

Special guest Rolf Gates will offer yoga movement as an experiential learning process to practice the principles of yoga and experience how mindful movement can help support awakening.

Note: Outside of class sessions, the community will remain in social silence in order to allow a deepening relationship to self, to one another, and to nature.

Your Teachers

 Caverly Morgan

Caverly Morgan

 Lama Palden Drolma

Lama Palden Drolma

 JoAnna Hardy

JoAnna Hardy

 Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman