Lama Tsongkhapa and the Great Perfection

Views of Emptiness, Dependent Origination, and the Indwelling Mind of Clear Light

Advanced Teachings from Alan Wallace
and Eva Natanya

This event has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

The Contemplary is delighted to present this advanced three day residential seminary with Dr. Alan Wallace and Dr. Eva Natanya.

During this retreat, Alan Wallace and Eva Natanya will offer guided meditations and oral commentary to the text of pith instructions on the theory and practice of the Great Perfection called An Ornament of the Enlightened View of Samantabhadra composed by Jé Tsultrim Zangpo, a close disciple of the renowned Dzogchen master Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926). This will be complemented by explanation of some key ideas from A Jeweled Mirror of Pure Appearances: Establishing the Unity of the Views of the Old and New Translation Schools of the Secret Mantrayāna, by Lozang Do-Ngak Chökyi Gyatso. 

Alan translated these texts (both of which appear in his book, Open Mind) specifically at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, for they highlight the compatibility between the views of Tsongkhapa and Dzogchen. In his work, Jé Tsultrim Zangpo presents a concise, authoritative account of common and uncommon preliminary practices for Dzogchen, the śamatha method of settling the mind in its natural state, emptiness and dependent origination, the essential and manifest natures of pristine awareness, the path of cutting through to original purity, including the four kinds of open presence, and finally, a concise reference to the path of the spontaneously actualized direct crossing over. Lozang Do-Ngak Chökyi Gyatso explains point by point the deeper compatibility between Tsongkhapa and Longchenpa’s interpretations of the view of the Middle Way, despite apparent differences. 

These are advanced texts, and participants in this retreat should already have a firm foundation in the sūtrayāna, as well as some familiarity with Dzogchen, which can be acquired, for example, by taking Alan’s Wisdom Publications online course on Düdjom Lingpa’s text The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers. 

The lectures and meditations in this retreat will address questions that often arise for those practicing daily Vajrayāna sādhanas in the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa, while also closely following the teachings and practice of Dzogchen.

(This a three full day event spread over four days)

Monday 23rd November 2020:

Registration 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Dinner 6.00 pm
Welcome & Meditation: 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Tuesday and Wednesday 24/25th November 2020

Breakfast: 7.30 am
Teaching:  9.00 am to 12.00 pm
Lunch: 12.00 pm
Teaching: 2.00 am to 5:00 pm
Dinner 6.00 pm
Q&A: 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Thursday 26th November 2020

Breakfast: 7.30 am
Teaching:  9.00 am to 12.00 pm
Lunch: 12.00 pm
Teaching: 2.00 am to 5:00 pm (close of event)