Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening
Friday 7 June, 8 pm – Sunday 9 June, 1pm

A weekend of teachings and dialogue with one of the foremost Western teachers of Tibetan Buddhism.

One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna.

In fact, the Buddha himself said:“You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?
  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?
  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?
  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?
  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher?

In this weekend retreat, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves.

https://www.elizabethmattisnamgyel.com

Location
The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.

Catering
Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea and coffee.

Book online now

Fee €260
Concession €225

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation
(1) to apply please contact info@dzogchenbeara.org
(2) you can avail of a concession only if you stay in the hostel or share a room in a cottage or the Care Centre with your friend/partner, or stay off site.
Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email info@dzogchenbeara.org to request assistance from our retreat fund or to discuss flexible payment options.

Limited accommodation is available on-site. Book early!
A list of hostels, B&B’s self-catering accommodation and hotels in the local area can be downloaded here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.

Online booking here
Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032

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Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. She teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, and Europe. She is the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom and The Logic of Faith: the Buddhist Path to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt.
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