Tibetan Monastery, PharpingFor Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping where we immerse for our retreat is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava (“Guru Rinpoche”) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.
We will stay in the modern and comfortable guest house at the monastery, enjoying the calm of the surroundings and wonderful, plentiful, healthy food. The monastery which is our home during the retreat makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and our stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal. The lovely guest accommodation has spacious and bright rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with attached bathrooms, and built in Tibetan style. The stunning yoga hall overlooks the rice paddies of the Kathmandu Valley, ringed by the Himalayas, which the sun rises over during morning practice. It is the perfect place to relax, restore and revive. See more events in this venue
A very special opportunity to practice with leading Kundalini Yoga teacher Tonie Nooyens, on this inspiring 9-day Kundalini Yoga and meditation retreat in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.
THE 21 STAGES OF MEDITATION - A "ROAD MAP" TO STILLNESS
We all come to meditation with our own background and our own state of mind – at different times this might be emotional, out of balance, seeking clarity or peace, or looking for a deeper sense in life. We all bring our own experiences and capacities - and so wherever you are on your path, this retreat will help you to take a few more steps (or even your first) towards a deeper knowledge of your Self.
With the 21 Stages of Meditation Kundalini guru Yogi Bhajan provided a practical guide to discovering our real self beyond the emotions and commotions of life, and to being able to express that true self in an authentic way.
These 21 stages provide a unique path to realizing our pure and elevated consciousness, giving us the tools and experience to deepen our meditation practice and come to a profound understanding of our Self.
This path, though unique in itself, touches on very common aspects and steps of the spiritual path and can inform and guide students and teachers from all contemplative traditions. It is a systematic approach to self-discovery, realization and self-healing through meditation, which is both accessible to new meditation practitioners looking for guidance on their path and for experienced practitioners looking to go much deeper.
TRAVEL THREE JOURNEYS WITH US
During our retreat we will travel three journeys.
The first journey, “The Crystallized Self”, deals with the veils and challenges in the meditative process when searching for our inner self: frustrations, boredom, emotional upsets, doubt.
Once we become more clear about ourselves and more stable and skilful in the practice, and more intuitive and compassionate, the challenge is to live the practice and express its virtues in actions, speech and thought – the journey of “The Expressive Self”.
And continuing on the path of practice we reach a point where we step out of our ordinary mind, driven by feelings, emotions and attachments, and start the journey towards “The Transcendent Self”, into a higher consciousness, resting in deep stillness.
We will experience these journeys through intensive (and inclusively supported) meditation practice, complemented with asana and breathing practice, following a yogic lifestyle for the duration of the retreat with delicious vegetarian food, sharing in basic tasks, and taking time for relaxation and walking in the surroundings.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
4am: Personal practice
5am: Experience the monks’ prayer in the temple
6.30am : Sadhana - morning practice
10am: Check-in - focus of the day
10.30am: Morning session
3pm: Afternoon session
8pm: Personal practice
Throughout the week, this schedule will be adjusted to include a nature walk to the cave of Guru Rinpoche and Dakshinkali, a monastery tour, time for rest and contemplation, and a teaching from the monastery's Khenpo.
(For those following accreditation)
The KRI 21 Stages of Meditation program in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is part of the intensive group meditation requirement for the KRI Level Three program – REALIZATION. Participants of this certified course will qualify for accreditation at this level.
For Tibetan Buddhists, the hills of Pharping where we immerse for our retreat is considered as sacred as Bodhgaya in India, as it is where the second buddha Guru Padmasambhava (“Guru Rinpoche”) attained the state of enlightenment, before going on to establish Buddhism in Tibet.
The monastery which is our home during the retreat makes important contributions to the preservation and sharing of the Buddhist teachings, and our stay there helps to fund education for the many young monks from remote areas of Nepal.
The lovely purpose-built guest accommodation has spacious and modern rooms, comfortable beds for deep and refreshing sleeps, all with attached bathrooms, and built in Tibetan style. The yoga hall has the view of the main monastery hall and the roof top is also a great place for morning class with a beautiful view. It is the perfect place to relax, restore and revive.
Away from daily life, discover how yoga and the 21 stages of meditation soothe your body, mind and soul - helping you to become more present and joyful
Originally from The Netherlands, Tonie has lived and worked in Asia and Africa for more than 30 years. His service includes an initiative in Cambodia, where he conducts a Yoga and Meditation training program for Cambodians to support stress and trauma-relief activities, as well as communication and personal capacity training for vulnerable groups.
Tonie will be supported by a team of certified Kundalini Yoga teachers, members of the KY Asia trainer team and trainers on the KRI Teacher Certification Program. See more photos and other events by this presenter