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Powa, or the practice of transference of consciousness, pervades all of the trainings of the inner levels of tantra, according to both the old and new schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is at the heart of the six yogas of Naropa, integral to the trainings in Chöd and feast and mandala offering, and at the core of the trainings in Maha, Anu and Ati yogas in Dzogchen. Put most simply, every practitioner of Vajrayana should have in depth training and experiential confidence in Powa.

Most often, we associate powa with the moment of death.  But powa is also a description of the transitional and transitory state of all of our experience, from moment to moment.  At a subtle level, 'powa'i bagchag' refers to the tendency of our mind, our energy, to not remain still and clear, but to be agitated or restless.  It is what we mean by the degraded or defiled quality of the experience of sentient beings.  Purifying these processes is the very heart of training in powa.

Learning the principles and practices of powa from a trusted spiritual advisor may be one of the best gift we can ever give ourselves in our lives.

Please join us for this invaluable retreat, where Tulku Sherdor will share the benefit of his many years of experience in this practice, and the many strands of precious transmission lineage and blessing for this practice that he has received and cherishes.

This will be a silent retreat with the heavy emphasis on practice. There will be multiple teachings per day and opportunities for individual instruction (interviews).

The location will be the Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region about one hour south of Rochester, NY.  We will be provided each day with delicious vegetarian meals and many opportunities to enjoy the silence and autumnal beauty of this natural setting -- secluded from the traffic and rush of our day-to-day lives.

The retreat starts on Tuesday evening, October 29 and runs until midday on Sunday, November 3, 2013. 

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Space is limited to a maximum of about 30 participants.  It is best to register early.

Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339), was an ecumenical (Rimay) Tibetan Buddhist master who integrated the mind-essence teachings of the Nyingma old school (Dzogchen) with the Mahamudra teachings of the Kagyu masters that were brought from India to Tibet several centuries later.

This synthesis of the mind essence teachings is best expressed in his masterpiece known colloquially as The Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra. This prayer, in just a short set of verses, conveys the ground, path and fruition of the path to enlightenment, as well as how qualities of love, devotion and compassion deepen our realization of the nature of mind, and of all things.