Buddhism in the modern era: Sakya Losal Choe Dzong

Meeting Buddhism in the modern era can seem a bit… confusing. Each tradition has its own appearances, rituals and emphasis, creating very different experiences for newcomers depending on which center they go to. Very few can ‘throw themselves in the deep end’ and become ordained to learn it all at once. So how exactly does a newcomer approach, learn and embody these teachings while living in our modern western culture? Joseph Frawley, a resident and teacher at the Sakya Losal Choe Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Society in Canberra, Australia, lives in the swirl of this question daily... More..

Wake Up With Us: Michelle’s deep path of awakening

Co-creating a retreat center, running it and learning how to build community was a skin I learned to live and breathe in, for fifteen years. The problem was it became the skin I couldn’t step out of. The solution? Shed that skin. Two years on, I’m now working at Retreat Guru and I’m returning to Clear Sky Retreat Center for my annual two-week retreat, “Buddhas in Action” with my teachers’ Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat. As I enter the drive-way... More..

Tibetan Buddhism 101: A primer with the Nyingma Institute

The practice of Buddhism has become widely understood through popular media and literature as an oversimplified spiritual path of asceticism and non-doing. Though these could be elements of Buddhism, they aren’t the whole picture. We spoke with Pauline Yu, who has been studying and living at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, CA since 2007, to deconstruct some of the elements of Buddhism that are most commonly misunderstood... More..

 

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We believe human beings are innately wise and kind. But this wisdom, although always present, can be covered up. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom.