Although it can be challenging to express the impact of receiving teachings directly from masters, we asked those who attended the winter retreat to recall their personal moments of deep insight and inspiration. The remarkable presence and words of Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyalsten, Acharya Lhakpa Tshering, and Mitra Mark Power brought forth many moments of sudden insight during this year’s Winter Retreat. Please enjoy more “aha” moments and photographs from the retreat. (Click the photos for a full size version. Earlier “ahas” and photos are here.)
“Lama Tenpa’s discussion about our terror of being isolated, disconnected, and separate enabled me to consider my loneliness in a new way. It doesn’t scare me. (At this moment, anyway!)”
“Love the term non-dual present moment. A refreshing term for emptiness.”
“I didn’t realize that I would be spending the weekend with family. I consider Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso to be one of my primary teachers and his presence was palpable.”
“Just relax—relaxation… I know ‘no duh’ but I can take this in more deeply now. “
“I found Acharya Lhakpa’s opening teaching on the ground of the union of the two truths, the path of merit and wisdom, and the fruition of the two kayas to be very powerful— as well as his reminder not to denigrate the ‘relative truth’, because if you do, it’s not a real union.”
Join us next year for the Nalandabodhi East Coast Winter Retreat, and discover your own “Aha!” moments with our esteemed teachers and friends. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Much gratitude to Karen de Luna for taking and providing these great photographs from the retreat.