“With a joyful mind, free from doubt,
With a genuine mind of sadness,
Suddenly free from fixed mind,
One gains the virtuous mark, the good windhorse.”
—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Many meditative traditions refer to a quality of awareness permeating and transcending the repetitive stream of our habitual and repetitive discursive narrative - sometimes referred to as “The Movie of Me."
In the teachings Larry Mermelstein and David Nichtern studied with the late meditation master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - there is a thread of what would traditionally be called transmission - in which we meditation practitioners are encouraged to notice the gaps in our internal narrative - to access the experience of a sudden glimpse of direct non-conceptual awareness - “suddenly free from fixed mind”.
We will be exploring the experience of what it means to be “awake”, how we can recharge our life force, and how it can shift the rhythm and texture of our everyday lives.
This course will feature a mix of readings, lectures, and discussions led by David and Larry. The course will also incorporate practices drawn from their training with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. All levels of experience are welcome! This course will also serve as an excellent prelude to Dharma Moon’s first in-person Windhorse Retreat, May 1st-5th, 2024, at the Menla Institute in Phoenicia, NY.
David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism.
David is also a four-time Emmy winner and two-time Grammy nominee, and a successful entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience integrating spiritual practice and everyday living. He is the author of Awakening From The Daydream: Reimagining The Buddha’s Wheel of Life and Creativity Spirituality and Making A Buck on Wisdom Publications.
Beginning in 1971, Larry Mermelstein became a close student of the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and scholar. He has been a senior teacher in the Vajradhatu/Shambhala community for many years. He is a founding member and the executive director of the Nalanda Translation Committee for over forty years and is a long-time consulting editor for Shambhala Publications.