PBA Retreats

Day Retreat with Scott McBride

ScottMcBride

Direct Awakening – The Pathless Path

When: Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Place: Plymouth Meeting Friends (click here for directions)

Pre-registration is required for this retreat. Please register at retreat@philabuddhist.org.

No cost, though free-will dana of $25 to support the teacher would be appreciated.

Tea and snacks will be served and there will be an hour lunch break for a brown bag or local restaurants.

About the retreat:

In the past many people believed that genuine spiritual awakening was something that could only be experienced by a few spiritually evolved beings, and that it required many years of arduous meditation, study and training. But awakening is our human birthright and everyone’s natural potential. The way of Direct Awakening, the essence of the Tibetan teachings of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, is based on awareness recognizing its own nature. This is when awareness, no longer seeking after concepts or objects, wakes up to itself as a content-free, peaceful, timeless, openness that is the very heart of freedom. This is the liberating insight of all the great sages past and present and it is available to anyone who is curious, open, and willing to thoroughly transform their lives.

In this retreat, we will experientially explore together different approaches to glimpsing this life changing recognition, and steep in the unfolding of awake awareness through guided meditations, meditative inquiry, and discussion.

Mahamudra and Dzogchen are regarded as the pinnacle teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. They take the view that awake awareness, the fruition of the path, is always present from the very beginning – it is simply not recognized. These teachings point the student to a non-conceptual, direct recognition of their own naked awareness. As awareness recognizes its own nature, the realization of the Buddha is glimpsed. In awake awareness there is no division into subject and object but a unified field of experience that is free of suffering. Glimpsing awake awareness is repeatedly practiced in meditation and daily life. Gradually, and sometimes suddenly, the glimpses turns into longer and longer periods of non-dual awareness characterized by great peace and relaxation, clarity and simplicity, openness and freedom, love and compassion.

About Scott McBride:

Scott McBride, has practiced Buddhist Meditation for over 45 years and has been teaching since 1978. He has spent over 4 years in solitary and group retreats and was asked to teach by three great meditation masters, Chogyam Trungpa, Thrangu Rinpoche, and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. He is the Co-Founder and Director of ClearLight Meditation Institute in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Scott has extensive knowledge of western psychology and taught Mindfulness Based Stress Management (MBSR) for 20 years with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Much of his current teaching revolves around modern approaches to presenting the Direct Awakening teachings of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Scott has a private practice in Meditation Coaching, Spiritual Counseling, and Healing oriented to support those on the path of meditation and awakening.

 

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