Retreat with John Jackson
22-25 April 2017, Chamma Ling
The Tsa Lung Practice
This retreat is perfect for either people who are eager to learn tsa lung for the first time, and for people who have been practicing tsa lung for some time. We will go very deeply into the methods and experiences of these body wisdom practices so that even people who have been practicing for years will discover new levels of spaciousness, clarity, wisdom and energy within their sacred bodies.
Ultimately, the goal of meditation is to learn to abide with stability in clear, open awareness. You can enhance your ability to connect with and rest in this naturally joyful state by alleviating any physical distractions, emotional blocks, energetic or mental disturbances, or other obstacles to your practice.
The five tsa lung exercises are a step-by-step means for identifying and clearing these obstacles. These easy-to-perform yet powerful exercises can be used not just as a preliminary to other meditation practice, but also as a primary practice for enhancing the experience of open awareness in day-to-day life. They can help you to:
- Clear gross obstacles such as those that cause disease or strong negative emotions
- Clear or exhaust the momentum that drives obscuring thoughts
- Clear subtle obstacles that disturb your ability to recognize and rest in your own natural mind
In Tibetan, tsa means channel and lung means vital breath or wind (prana). Through bringing together the focus of the mind, breath and physical movements, in each tsa lung exercise you open particular chakras or energetic centers in the body and clear the obstacles that disturb and obscure you from recognizing the pure and open space of being. This pure and open space is the source of all positive qualities.
The five tsa lung exercises are described in detail in Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s book Awakening the Sacred Body (Hay House, 2011), available from Ligmincha International’s Bookstore and Tibet Shop.
Program of the day:
Session 1 - 10-11.30 a.m.
Session 2 - 12-1p.m.
Session 3 - 3-4.30 p.m.
Session 4 - 5-6 p.m.
Address: Chamma Ling, Al. Huberta 4, Wilga, Poland
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Suggested donation for teachings: 300 PLN (70 euro)
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Suggested donation for accommodation (per night) include:
Big house – 40PLN (=10 euros), Little House – 30PLN (=8 euros), Dormitory ‘Przychodnia’ - 25 PLN (=6 euros) (three rooms with two places, and room 9 with beds), Old Gompa – 15PLN (=4 euros, Dormitory - 20 places - you have to bring your sleeping bag and sleeping mat), Tent - 15 PLN (=4 euros) per person.
John Jackson's short biography
John began his training in meditation when he was 19, practicing a variety of methods from pranayama to Tibetan dzogchen. During his studies and explorations he has traveled on pilgrimages around the world and spent lengthy periods of time in retreat in Triten Norbutse and Menri monasteries in Nepal and India. Over the past 20 years John has developed close relationships with and received private instruction from His Holiness Lungtog Tenpai Nyima and Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak, the two most senior teachers of the Bön lineage, and Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, the most senior Bön master in the West. He has been teaching meditation courses at Ligmincha Institute and related centers across the United States and Europe since 2001, including Tibetan Dream Yoga, the Nine Ways of Bön, Integrating Meditation with Daily Life, Healing the Earth – Healing Yourself, Tsa Lung, Tibetan Sound Healing, Awakening the Luminous Mind, and Red Garuda. He is co-leader for the 3 Doors Academy of Europe, an intensive three year program for gaining deep experience in the Tibetan practices of body, speech and mind.
John helped establish Ligmincha Institute beginning in 1992, organizing most retreats, editing practice materials, and serving on its board of directors until 1997. At the request of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in 2001, he helped establish the Chamma Ling Retreat Center of Colorado, a place of solitary retreat in the remote Sangre de Christo mountains of Colorado, and currently serves as a director of that center. John was also active in the planning and initial setup of Lishu Institute, near Dheradun, India.
John lives near Charlottesville, Virginia, where he enjoys gardening, being a father, and spending time in solitude in the mountains.