Program Details

Meditation and Qi Gong Retreat


with Samten Kobelt
January 2 / 10:00 AM - January 2 / 12:00 AM

Two Week Meditation and




Qigong Residential Retreat




With Shastri Samten Kobelt




2 to 16 January 2013



Taumarunui


 


This two-week group meditation retreat is a very powerful introduction to and deepening of mindfulness-awareness meditation – also known as shamatha or “peaceful abiding” meditation.    Shamatha is the basis of all other practices in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions.  The retreat will encourage us to appreciate being precise, relaxed and simple in the present moment, thus impacting our entire life.


The cultivation of body needs to be balanced with the cultivation of mind.  Therefore, Shambhala shamatha meditation will be integrated with qigong practice throughout the programme. Students will also be introduced to traditional Outer and Inner Qigong from two systems: the Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School, through the lineage handed down by Dr. Eva Wong. 


This programme allows us an opportunity to touch the tender heart that we lose connection with sometimes, in our daily lives.  The schedule includes frequent talks by a senior teacher, one-on-one meditation instruction with an experienced meditation instructor, guided sessions of meditation, contemplative meditation and a wonderful festive dinner the night before departure.


This programme is open to anyone regardless of experience. This programme fulfils half of the dathun requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path and both Level 1 and Level 2 of the Qigong path.  Participants may attend the first week of the programme.


Pricing:   Full Programme Fee: $1,150



This price just covers the actual costs of teaching, materials, meals and accommodation for the programme.  Scholarship resources are available in the form of a loan to make dharma accessible to people in all circumstances.  To register please send your name and contact information and we will send you a copy of the participants letter.


It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a teaching gift at the program. 


For information on registration, pricing, transportation and other topics, please contact: Marian Bond at marianbond@xtra.co.nz


 


Shastri Samten A. Kobelt grew up in Switzerland where he met with the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa in 1984.  He has explored the Shambhala Buddhist teachings and various body/mind disciplines throughout his life.  Today he lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado.  He has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 1991 and of Eva Wong since 2005.

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