I have been a practitioner of the Tibetan Buddhist dharma for the last 9 years. At first, my practice focused on developing stability through shamatha, cultivating relative bodhicitta, and working with unhealed emotional karma present in the subtle body. Though I continue to do these practices, these last several years I have mainly focused on integrating pointing out instructions and learning to rest in the nature of mind itself. I feel indebted to my living teachers, as well as the Kagyü and Nyingma wisdom lineage more broadly. I do my best to bring humility, wholeheartedness, and a bit of humor to my practice! It is ever the journey!
I am currently a chaplain at a "level 1" trauma hospital, one of the largest in the state where I live. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to serve patients, families, and staff in this place, despite how challenging it can be. Part of the reason this is the case, is that I see how I too am served by working in a context of such palpable suffering. It is difficult to forget one's privilege in a hospital, as well as the impermanence of this human birth and the defects of samsara. Moreover, the Vajrayana, Ati Yoga, and Mahamudra teachings have never felt more aligned and ripe for application, particularly in this time of pandemic.
I've always been moved by the bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, who goes to the hell realms to assist beings with the jewel of wisdom at her heart. I endeavor to dust off the jewel of wisdom at my own heart center, so I too might be able to serve from a place of genuine wisdom, as much as possible.
Mingyur Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Lama Justin von Bujdoss
The purpose of this solitary retreat is to deepen my Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice. As a chaplain in a Trauma 1 hospital, I find these teachings incredibly powerful in the context where I serve. Though I always endeavor to practice "off the cushion," I do notice that intensive periods of practice on solitary retreat noticeably deepen my ability to do precisely that.
Any merit from this retreat I will joyfully offer to all sentient beings, particularly those who ill, dying, or caring for their beloveds in the hospital.
Lodging = $700
Food and Gas = $100
- Adam Stone