Module 2 –
Possibly the most powerful way we can help another in times of pain and suffering is to be truly present, with a quality of compassion that allows the other to be as they are – free of judgement and free of our need to make it all right. This is not an easy quality to cultivate. It requires that we are able to be with our own pain, in a way that also accepts it as it is, rather than fighting it. The courage of compassionate presence is a quality of the heart that enables us to be with suffering and not be overwhelmed by it or to run away from it. In this retreat we will deepen the capacity to heal our own emotional wounding as well as open to others. We will explore many ways of working with the Chenrezig practice, including Tong Len, heart energy healing, and a practice known as Samadhi after sound. We will also begin to look at the Refuge/Bodhichitta Ngöndro.