Retreat on the Practice of Inner and Secret Rushen with Elio Guarisco, 22nd - 28th August 2018, Merigar East, Romania
When: 22nd - 28th August 2018

Where: Merigar East, Romania

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The course is open to all those who received the Dzogchen transmission from Chögyal Namkhai Norbu.

This retreat will be based on the instructions on the Inner and Secret Rushen practices of Adzom Drukpa, Jigmed Lingpa, Senge Wangchuk and Changchub Dorje, which we can find in Rinpoche´s compilation The Stairway to Liberation.

The third part of this text explains the ngöndro (preliminary practices) typical for Dzogchen, which contains two main types of practice. The first one consists of the practices which help the practitioner to understand the difference between the ordinary mind and its nature. These practices work with separating these two and thus help us to distinguish between them. Therefore we call these practices „Khorde Rushen“, which means to separate "samsara from nirvana" or the mind conditioned by thoughts from the pure unconditioned state which is the essence of the mind.

The second type of practice consists of the trainings of body, voice and mind, or three gates, to understand and realize their true nature which is the Undesctructible Vajra.
Training of the Body (lus sbyong) is also known as Vajra Posture and its purpose is to exhaust one´s body till the point when all mental activity automatically stops.
Training of the Voice (ngag sbyong) works with the sound of the syllable HUM and different kinds of visualizations of this syllable, which represents the essence of the mind.
Training of the Mind (blo sbyong) is based on recognizing that the origin of the thought is empty, the thought itself is empty and its effect is empty, too. By observing the nature of one´s own thoughts in this way, we will really understand - not only intelectual - the illusory nature of all phenomena.

Elio Guarisco was born in 1954 in Italy. He has been a member of the Dzogchen Community since 1986. He has translated many books and texts for the Shang Shung Institute in Italy, including the books of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu on the Tibetan Medicine. Since 2003 he is one of three main translators of the Ka-Ter project. Besides this he works as an instructor of the translations in the training program for the translators from Tibetan language. He is an authorized instructor of SMS Base and SMS First and Second Level.

Donation for the retreat: 75 Euro with usual discounts for Sustaining and Meritorious members of IDC. For registering you need to make an advance-payment of 40 Euro (non-refundable).
Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.

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You can also donate cash right on the place.

The schedule of the course:

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 -
17:00-19:00 Introduction

Thursday 23rd - Monday 27th August 2018
5:00 - 7:00 Early morning session
10:00 - 12:00 Morning session
15:00 - 17:00 Afternoon session
17:30 - 18:00 Simple Ganapuja of Mandarava

Tuesday 28th August 2018
5:00 - 7:00 Early morning session
10:00 - 12:00 Morning session

You can use Merigar East dormitory or the camping. The price for one night in dormitory is 5 Euro, in the camping 3 Euro.
Also you can stay in the motels nearby or in the village guesthouses, at prices starting from 20 Euros/day. Contact us if you need help to find such accomodation.

For reserving your accommodation contact directly Merigar East Geko - Alexandru Anton - +4 0755 421 389;

We will cook from collective supplies. If you are interested in cooking together, please bring your favourite ingredients:)

For questions and other information please contact:
Alexandru Anton - +4 0755 421 389;
Magdalena Ourecka - +4 0749 284 881
+420 603 920 967;

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