The retreat is called: Tasting the Essence of Meditation.
It is being led by Professor Frank Berliner of Naropa University, a Buddhist University in Boulder, Colorado
It will progress through what the Buddhist Dzogchen teachers refer to as the Three Stages of Practice: Abandoning What Is Harmful, Transforming Poison into Medicine, and Seeing the True Nature.
The first three days will focus on Abandoning:
Day 1: Shamatha with Support (Mindfulness Meditation with Support)
Shamatha with Partial Support (Mindfulness/Awareness Meditation with Partial
Day 2: Shamatha without Support (Mindfulness/Awareness Meditation without Support) and
Vipasyana (Insight Meditation)
Day 3: The Three Marks of Existence and The Four Reminders
The next two days will focus on Transforming:
Day 4: Loving Kindness and Compassion and meditation practices to further these
Day 5: Windhorse and Enriching Presence Practices
(Working with Emotion and Energy during Meditation - letting go of our habitual
patterns and transforming them into fearless awareness by working with their
energy; Enriching Presence Practice, the ability to instantly sense the inner wealth
within oneself, phenomena and the natural world.)
The final two days will focus on Seeing the True Nature of Our Mind and meditation practices
associated with doing so:
Day 6: Mahamudra
Day 7: Maha Ati
During each of the final two days we will also study and practice The Sadhana of Mahamudra
About Frank Berliner:
Frank Berliner grew up in New York and was educated at Yale.
He is an Associate Professor of Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University, a Buddhist University in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches both Buddhist and Western Existential Psychology and the practice of meditation to undergraduate and graduate students. He pioneered the teaching of meditation online in Naropa's Distance Learning program, beginning in 1999. He continues to offer this online class every fall.
He has studied, practiced and taught meditation for forty two years.
Professor Berliner is also a psychotherapist in private practice in Boulder, Colorado
He continues to teach widely throughout North America.