The Essential and Practical Practice of Emptiness
August 26 - 29, 2021
Buddha’s teachings on emptiness are often perceived as esoteric and distant from the realities of daily life. But there’s much more to this foundational teaching and how it can serve you in your life. This retreat is designed to help you explore the essential and accessible teachings on emptiness and experience directly how they benefit your life on the cushion and off. As we access emptiness, it reveals itself as the very nature of freedom from suffering. This insight enables us to release rigid identification with self and conditioned patterns and appreciate more deeply our own interconnected, boundless nature.
This retreat includes periods of sitting and walking meditation, instructions, dharma talks and small group or private meetings with the Lisa, assisted by Gareth Young. It is suitable for all levels of experience. Each participant will have the opportunity to attend a small group or private meeting with the teacher on Friday and Saturday.
The price and preliminary retreat schedule are for the at home version of this retreat. In the event that Southern Dharma resumes on site programs, we will update the price, schedule, and the program description to reflect these changes, prior to registration opening.
For our 2021 at home retreats, three fee tiers are offered. Please choose the option that best fits your ability to give in this time. Any amount paid above the Base rate is a tax deductible contribution to Southern Dharma Retreat Center. Your confirmation email is your receipt for tax purposes.
We are deeply grateful for your support.
Registration fees do not include dana for the teacher. In the Buddhist tradition the teachings are offered freely and teachers are not paid for their offerings. They rely on dana contributions from students. Similarly, Southern Dharma keeps registration fees low to ensure the Dharma is accessible to all. Fees cover only a fraction of Southern Dharma’s operating expenses. We appreciate your practice of generosity to continue the dissemination of the Dharma!
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please indicate your interest in a scholarship during the online registration process.