Date(s) - November 10, 2017 - November 12, 2017
Embracing the Feminine on the Path of Awakening
With Senior Tergar Instructor Myoshin Kelley
Portland, Oregon, USA
Did you ever wonder about that intuitive voice that seems so ungraspable, or did you have times when you just wanted to break free from your conceptual mind? These are times when you are coming in contact with aspects of the feminine. Although elusive and easy to overlook, the world longs for these qualities. They are a necessary part of the process of awakening.
While the teachings of the Buddha ultimately lead us to transcend gender identities, understanding the attributes of feminine and masculine help us to embrace all aspects of our being.
Mingyur Rinpoche teaches that wisdom and skillful means are like two wings of a bird. Wisdom, the spacious and ungraspable qualities of the nature of mind, is conceptualized as the feminine. The masculine is expressed in the principle of skillful means, the compassionate actions that engage us with the world. When these qualities are in balance, we can transcend the world of duality and move toward awakening.
During this weekend workshop, we will inquire as to how the often-elusive qualities of the feminine can be brought to the forefront of our experience. We’ll learn to work with belief systems that can inhibit these qualities and explore Tibetan Buddhist teachings that nurture the authentic expression of our feminine attributes.
This workshop is open to people of any gender and is designed to help each of us discover and understand more fully the feminine aspects of our own experience. We will undertake this exploration in the context of meditation practice and waking up to our inherent goodness. We will use dialogue, writing, drawing, archetypes, meditation, storytelling, and celebrating the lives of enlightened women, all as a means of coming closer to our feminine qualities.
Click here to read an interview with Myoshin Kelley on the masculine and feminine in Tibetan Buddhism and her motivation for creating this experiential workshop.
Come ready for some exploration!
Myoshin Kelley attended her first meditation retreat in 1975 at the age of 20. Through the ensuing years she has received dharma instructions from several renowned Buddhist meditation teachers in the Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana traditions. She spent fifteen years as a meditation teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, USA. Myoshin is a long-time student of Mingyur Rinpoche and a senior instructor for the Tergar Meditation Community. Read more…
Friday, November 10, from 7:30pm—9pm, and
Saturday and Sunday, November 11—12, from 9am—5pm
Willamette Falls Ballroom
University Place Hotel at Portland State University
310 SW Lincoln St.
Portland, OR 97201
Base fee: $150
Sponsor fee: $200*
Student/Senior (65+): $100
Work-study available: $50 (please contact us before registering)
* Your generosity at the sponsor level enables us to offer work/study scholarships to those who otherwise could not attend.
If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend, please contact us.
For Canadians wishing to attend, please register directly with Franka Cordua-von Specht, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not a residential retreat, however, Tergar Oregon has reserved a block of rooms for out-of-town participants at the University Place Hotel at Portland State University where our weekend event venue will be held. Read more…
Tergar Meditation Community of Oregon
University Place Hotel, Portland OR, United States