15th August-18th August (mid day)
“In Buddhism, the view is essential for both theory and practice. All the various Buddhist schools and paths have been established based on the right view. And the result of the Buddhist path – enlightenment – is none other than the complete understanding and realization of the view. Meditation and action will not bear fruit unless one has established the view.” Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
This three-day retreat provides an opportunity to explore, contemplate, and challenge our view, to work skillfully with our emotions, and to achieve a wakeful, peaceful state of well-being. By exploring the essential view of the Four Seals of Buddhism, we will learn how our habitual distorted view of reality causes us to suffer.
There will be dharma talks, discussion, as well as guided sitting and walking meditation during the retreat. The program includes silent reflection periods and personal interviews with the facilitators. Beginners and experienced practitioners are all welcome to participate in this retreat.
Khenpo Ngawang Woser was born in eastern Tibet in 1972. After becoming a monk at the age of 15, he left Tibet for India in 1988. Khenpo studied Buddhist philosophy at Dzongsar Institute, becoming a lecturer in 1998 and a Khenpo in 2000. From 1998 until 2001, he taught Buddhist philosophy at Dzongsar Institute. In 2004, he received another Khenpo degree from H.H. the Dalai Lama. The University of Vienna invited Khenpo to teach for two semesters in 2011, where he continues to be a visiting professor. Khenpo has been a resident teacher at Deer Park Institute since 2011. He especially appreciates the international students who are open-minded and respect other religions and belief systems. Khenpo’s style is very engaging and challenges students to go deeper in their learning process.
Greg Forgues has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche for the past 14 years. While living in Vietnam working as a manager for European investment projects, he began learning meditation in Burma and has since practiced under the guidance of Rinpoche. Greg is a Dharma instructor for Rinpoche’s Dharmadas training program. He has also been translating sutras for the 84000 project for the past two years. Greg, a father of two teenagers, currently lives in Austria completing his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Vienna. He specializes in Sanskrit and Tibetan philosophical traditions and has been lecturing on Buddhism and academic methods for the past three years.