Dissolving Delusion and Re-visioning Your Life
February 21-February 28, 2014
This retreat will begin with a deep guided dive into the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, a teaching which the Buddha described as “the one direct path to liberation.” Learning the essential method of embracing that which has been pushed out of awareness and suppressed, we will recover the realm of oneness or even go beyond it.
Having laid a foundation of clear seeing (feeling, touching, smelling, tasting and knowing), we will begin how to consciously restructure the patterning of our minds, our bodies and our relationships to people and things.
Set in the middle of the one million acre Sian Kaan bio-reserve, this retreat will include formal meditation, dharma teaching and discussion each day, and will also leave ample time to meditatively explore the lush surroundings, including the beach and Palancar Reef, the second longest reef in the world.
Key themes for the retreat will include:
-True meditation: Steps on the Path to Freedom
– Hearing the messages of the body
-Purification of the senses
-Spacious awareness and the nurturing of intuition
-The Human Energy System: What lights you up and lightens you up?-Intuition, Vision and Decision-Making
-Motivation: A game worth playing
-Re-Visioning Your Life: Relationships with People, Things and One’s “Self”
-Back to the Beginning: the Ongoing Cycle of Letting Go and Starting Anew
Cost: $685.00 USD room and meals – double occupancy Plus Dana for teaching. Including a boat trip through the nature reserve and snorkeling
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Paul Jaffe has been practicing and studying Buddhism and other wisdom traditions for over 40 years. He has studied extensively in the Zen and Tibetan traditions of Buddhism with eminent masters such as Taizan Maezumi Roshi, Uchiyama Kosho Roshi, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and His Holiness Gyalwang Drukchen. He began studying in the dynamic and creative lineage of Namgyal Rinpoche and Acharya Doug Duncan in 1997.
Paul’s broad-ranging experience and depth of insight gives him the capacity to work with people from all walks of life, and to adapt the teaching to the needs of individuals. He is known for his ability to transmit deep insights in a clear, easy-to-understand manner, and for his supportive and inspiring style.
Paul has a broad background including studies in world religion, philosophy, and psychology, and holds a Master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Asian Studies. He also has also worked in the financial world, and has instructed numerous seminars on intercultural communication, and communication and awareness. For over twenty years he was employed at Ryukoku University in Kyoto teaching English as a Second Language, Intercultural Communication and Buddhism. He is the translator of “Flowers Fall”, an annotated commentary on Zen Master Dogen’s Genjokoan, by Hakuun Yasutani Roshi. This translation was done with the guidance of Maezumi Taizan Roshi while living at the Zen Center of Los Angeles for 6 years. There he led beginner’s meditation classes, and also studied with Bernard Tetsugen Glassman, Dennis Genpo Merzel and Joko Beck, all important teachers of Zen in the West. He has also authored numerous articles in the fields of Buddhism and Intercultural Communication. Besides teaching Dharma and leading retreats in Japan, Paul also has also taught in the United States, Russia and Spain. His experience as a husband and father also informs his teaching.