Compassion & Wisdom:
A Special Opportunity to Deepen Your Spiritual Practice in India
January 19 - 31, 2020


  Join Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Emory University professor and Spiritual Director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., for a very special opportunity to deepen your understanding of compassion and wisdom. This unique immersion experience at Drepung Loseling Monastery in India combines concentrated meditation practice, guest teachings by Drepung Loseling’s renowned masters, and guided discussions—all in a retreat setting honoring the Nalanda tradition.
Nalanda University was one of the world’s oldest centers of academic inquiry, similar in stature to the West’s Cambridge and Oxford. For more than 1000 years in ancient India, Nalanda produced many of the greatest masters of both Indian Buddhism and secular knowledge, laying the foundation of a historic intellectual tradition spanning philosophy, logic, ethics and contemplative practice. The cross-¬-cultural, interreligious, and interdisciplinary approach of Nalanda University was diligently preserved in Tibet after Nalanda’s destruction by invaders in the 13th century and since its establishment in the early 15th century, Drepung Loseling Monastery has been renowned throughout the Tibetan world as “the second Nalanda. ”
When Tibet was invaded by Communist China in 1959, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans went into exile in India. Drepung Loseling was reestablished, once again preserving Nalanda’s magnificent legacy of inquiry, debate, and contemplative practice. During the retreat, Geshe Lobsang will be joined at various times by a number of the monastery’s master teachers and practitioners who will offer in depth teachings and essential guidance for practice. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the cultivation of wisdom and compassion firsthand from the venerable teachers of Drepung Loseling—both the elder masters representing the last generation trained in Tibet, and a younger generation of distinguished teachers upholding this legacy.  
   
In the Tibetan tradition, wisdom and compassion are often likened to the two wings of a bird—just as a bird needs two wings to fly, you must develop wisdom and compassion simultaneously. Wisdom is a correct understanding of reality and compassion is the desire for all beings to be liberated from the causes of suffering—and both are necessary for a happy, peaceful and meaningful life. Today, modern scientific research is increasingly demonstrating the benefits of practicing meditation, compassion and discernment as advocated by the Tibetan tradition for centuries. Greater wellbeing is promoted through improved awareness and emotional regulation, greater physical and psychological resilience, stronger social connection, and the ability to respond compassionately to others without succumbing to burnout.  
Drepung Loseling Meditation & Science Center
While at Drepung Loseling, the group will be hosted at the new Meditation and Science Center, a modern facility with a magnificent view of the monastery’s main prayer hall. All guest rooms are equipped with attached, western-style bathrooms, air conditioning, hot water heaters, electricity, and wifi. The center also has laundry facilities, a small store for sundries, and a lovely dining hall, where participants are served three meals and tea breaks each day. The center is a short walk from Drepung Loseling’s main prayer hall, a modern medical clinic, a café serving ice cream and cold drinks, and shopping for Tibetan-made handicrafts and ritual items. The Men-Tsee-Khang Tibetan Medical Center also has a facility nearby.  
   

Upon completion of the retreat, participants will then make the journey to Ajanta and Ellora to meditate and practice at this fascinating and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site. A collection of temples carved out of rock faces, beginning in the second century BCE, they are sacred sites where Buddhist meditation masters practiced for centuries. A wonderful way to culminate your spiritual journey, Ajanta and Ellora are located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state and feature beautiful paintings and huge carved Buddhas.

 

 

 
 
Ajanta Caves
 
Please click on this link to see a video about a past winter retreat at Drepung Loseling and hear what the participants had to say about their experience.
 
Please see our comprehensive retreat description for fees and additional information.
 
For specific questions after reading this information, please contact Carol Beck at video.carol@icloud.com.  

Registration deadline is September 15, 2019.