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Deepening the Essence of Tantra with Rob Preece - Module 4

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Time & Location

22. okt. 17.00 CEST – 24. okt. 17.00 CEST
Zoom

About the Event

Deepening the Essence of Tantra -  Module 4

Tantric practice is a profound approach to the complete transformation and liberation of

our body, speech and mind from what limits and obscures their natural potential. Often it is

considered that the visualisation of colourful and inspiring deities is central to this way of

practice. This is partly true but tantric practice is so much more when we fully understand

how it ‘works’. Tantra becomes a way of integrating many different aspects of our life into a

radical process of awakening. Our mind, our emotional and psychological life, our creative

life, our body and relationships are all aspects of this process. All that we are is included

within this path of alchemical transformation.

In this second module series we will develop and deepen the practices introduced in the

Tasting the Essence of Tantra series. As we go into more depth you will learn more of the

details and subtleties of practice. Throughout there will be an emphasis on how meditation

within the tantric tradition can approach our psychological healing and transformation.

The would Tantra in Sanskrit means ‘weave’. When we go deeper into the nature of a deity

we discover that each one provides a weave or matrix of practices that form a way of

transformation and healing we can gradually bring into our experience. During this module

series the following elements will be part of that weave:

 At the heart of this series of retreats will be a broadening and deepening of the

scope of Mahamudra practice which is the underlying ground of the path. There will

be an emphasis on how mahamudra supports the exploration and healing of

psychological wounding often present within or beneath our spiritual path.

 This will be integrated with an embodied process that will enhance and cultivate our

relationship to the energy-body and its subtle nature. This will include energy-body

exercises to support the meditation and help the release of psychological and

emotional process.

 We will explore ways in which each deity will offer an approach to healing and

transformation that is unique. Each one represents a healing matrix that can address

particular psychological experiences. In this second series we will deepen this

exploration bringing greater closeness to their qualities and how we can manifest

them in our life.

 These retreats will include elements of the gnondro, sometimes called preliminaries.

You will learn how they can be carried out as foundations specifically within the

context of these deity practices. Many of these foundations are there to clear and

heal obstacles, deepen awareness and cultivate the necessary energy to awaken. To

this end we will include Refuge/Bodhicitta; Prostrations; Mandala offerings and guru

yoga all within the context of practice.

 As the retreats progress there will be growing emphasis on working with the nature

of energy-body practices both within meditation as well as through the practice of

KumNye. This will correspond to the particular deity we are working with and its

relationship to our ‘emotional body’

 At the core of this approach to tantric practice in an emphasis upon the body and

the nature of embodiment for the welfare of others.

Coming to this series from the previous modules, you will have a good ground of

understanding of the processes of tantric practice. We will build upon that so that you can

begin to cultivate a deeper relationship to personal practice and your relationship to each

deity. As we move forward one or perhaps two deities may become particularly significant

so that you may wish to “specialise” and focus upon these in particular. They may then

become what are called our Yidam or heart deity. If this begins to emerge then it will be

helpful to discuss this more specifically with Rob.

Dynamic Compassion: A Green Tara retreat.

To benefit others, we need both compassion and wisdom, we also need to know how to move towards suffering and how to stay with our own resources. Responding to the suffering of others is not straight forward, doubt and uncertainty will limit us and a lack of wisdom can make what we do lack skill or effectiveness. Green Tara is the Bodhisattva of dynamic compassion and all accomplishing wisdom and she shows us the example of how to respond to the suffering of others from a place of spacious clarity, authenticity and groundedness. During this retreat we will explore the different aspects of Tara’s dynamic nature in particular within her body mandala where she manifests the qualities of peace, increase, power and wrath. For those who have attended the Essence of Tantra series this weekend will deepen your expereince and understanding of Tara’s nature.

Schedule 

Friday 

17h-20h 

Saturday & Sunday 

10h - 11h30 : Session 1

11h30 - 11h 50 Tea Break

11h50 - 13h: Session 2

13- 14h Lunch break

14h - 15h30: Session 3

15h30 - 15h50 Tea Break

15h50 - 17h: Session 4

About the teacher

ROB PREECE (BSc. Adv. Dip. Transpersonal Psychology UKCP reg.)

Following a 4 year apprenticeship in electronics engineering Rob went to university to study psychology. It was at this time he met both the work of C.G. Jung and Buddhism. In 1973 after a period of travel he met Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Nepal. Since that time he has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist.

After working as a social worker Rob was part of a small group that founded a Buddhist centre in the UK for his Tibetan teachers. For the next four years he studied the foundations of Tibetan practice in that Buddhist community. In 1980 he returned to India and was in retreat for much of the next five years. This gave him a chance to explore the practices of the Tantric tradition in some depth meditating under the guidance of Lama Yeshe, Zopa Rinpoche and Gen Jhampa Wangdu in particular. While in India he was fortunate enough to receive teachings on many of the important aspects of Tibetan Buddhism, in particular Tantric teachings, from Lamas such as H.H. Dalai Lama, Song Rinpoche and many others. It also gave him the opportunity to learn Thangka (Tantric Icons) painting.

Returning to the west he at first lived as a Tangkha painter and then in 1985 he trained as a psychotherapist principally with the Center for Transpersonal Psychology. This began the process of bringing together the two worlds of Buddhism and Western psychology. He has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1988 gradually developing a style that is a synthesis of Buddhist and Jungian understanding.

Since 1985 he has been leading meditation retreats following the instruction and guidance of his teachers. Lama Yeshe was particularly influential is this, supporting his integration of a more Western approach. This has meant gradually guiding people through a kind of apprenticeship in the practice of Tantra. Rob's one-to-one work is now principally spiritual mentoring bringing together his experience of both Eastern and Western approaches.

He is the author of many books bridging the Tibetan tradition with Western psychology intended to support Buddhist practice in contemporary life. These include The psychology of Buddhist Tantra; The Wisdom of Imperfection; The courage to Feel; Preparing for Tantra; Feeling Wisdom and Tasting the Essence of Tantra.

Rob leads many meditation retreats in the UK some of which incorporate a movement practice facilitated by Anna. He also teaches in Europe and the US. As a father of two sons, an experienced Tangka painter and a keen gardener he tries to ground Buddhist practice in a creative practical lifestyle.

PRACTICAL INFO

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REFUND POLICY

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