Date(s) - January 19, 2019 - January 20, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wisdom and Compassionate Action
Balancing the Feminine and Masculine on the Path of Awakening
With Tergar Instructors Edwin and Myoshin Kelley
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
This event has been cancelled. Please visit tergar.org/minn for a list of upcoming events in the Twin Cities.
Have you ever noticed how caught in the web-of-doing the world has become? How we are so often looking for solutions or so fixed on our goal that we forget what richness the present moment holds? Or are there times when you are fearful of the openness that allows your idea of yourself to fall away? These are times when we can notice that the feminine and masculine aspects of our experience are out of balance. More commonly there can be an overdeveloped sense of the masculine qualities while the feminine remains unseen and unappreciated. It is said that awakening can occur only when the masculine and feminine are in balance.
While the teachings of the Buddha lead us to transcend gender identities at the ultimate level, 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 explore these qualities and through recognizing and appreciating them, we can find balance. We will learn to recognize belief systems that can inhibit these qualities and explore Tibetan Buddhist teachings that nurture the authentic expression of these attributes.
This workshop is open to people of any gender and is designed to help each of us discover and understand more fully the balance of the feminine and masculine aspects of our own experience. The context of this exploration will be through meditation practice and waking up to our inherent goodness. We will use dialogue, writing, drawing, archetypes, meditation, storytelling, and celebrating the lives of enlightened beings, all as a means of finding balance.
Come ready for some exploration!
Watch an invitation from Myoshin and Edwin Kelley to attend the Wisdom and Compassionate Action weekend workshop.
About the Instructors
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.
Edwin Kelley attended his first meditation retreat in 1975 and has practiced in both the Theravada and the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He was Executive Director of the Insight Meditation Society from 1996-2003 and has a postgraduate diploma in Buddhist Studies. Edwin is a long-time student of Mingyur Rinpoche. In addition to his work as a senior instructor, he currently serves as co-executive director, and is a board member for Tergar International.
Tergar Meditation Center, Minneapolis MN, United States