San Diego Retreat Information
Full Retreat: November 28 - December 7 ~ for Rigpa Mandala Students
Weekend Option: November 28 - December 1 ~ for Rigpa Mandala Students
The Wisdom of Awareness
This autumn, Sogyal Rinpoche will teach on understanding the mind and the wisdom of meditation following in the spirit of the extraordinary teachings of Dzogchen—the Great Perfection, which is the highest wisdom of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.
Known for his spontaneous, dynamic and intimate teaching style, and for his ability to create an atmosphere which naturally inspires our inner wisdom, Rinpoche’s unaltered simplicity, and electric, playful and vibrant wakefulness, can leave you seeing your mind and the world from a completely fresh perspective.
Many people, from all walks of life, have found Rinpoche’s teachings to be immediately and directly relevant to their experience. Time and again they have expressed the profound and lasting impact this wisdom has had on their mind, and how it has transformed their lives and their being.
When we know how to leave our mind in its true nature, we discover a way of being that is completely free from stress, confusion and turbulent emotions. We go beyond the limited, habit-driven view of who we really are, and we become much bigger. As our mind opens, the barriers that keep our natural intelligence, love and fearlessness from being released begin, quite naturally, to fall away.
By integrating the wisdom of these teachings fully into our daily life, our inherent awareness, wakefulness, wisdom, love, and compassion begin to radiate out in everything we do and to everyone we encounter. We become truly alive—confident, open and at ease in any situation.
General Retreat Information
The retreat will take place at the Bahia Resort Hotel, located on its own peninsula in the heart of Mission Bay, San Diego. The Resort features bayside accommodations with a variety of room types, from standard rooms to suites and studios with kitchens. It has an outdoor heated pool, tennis courts, indoor fitness center, watersport equipment rentals, a restaurant and lounge, and is located just blocks away from the Pacific Ocean.
Rooms have been blocked at reduced prices for Rigpa retreat attendees and are available for booking through October 29 either ONLINE HERE or by calling 800.288.0770. Further detailed information on room types and amenities can be found on our ACCOMMODATIONS page.
PLEASE NOTE: While a residential retreat provides a greater sense of quiet and space to settle, there is no requirement to stay onsite during the retreat. The schedule will be commuter-friendly to accommodate people in the greater San Diego area who wish to return home each night.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
When planning your trip, please arrange to be present on the very first evening and remain until the end of your retreat option. It is essential to check in at registration before attending any sessions.
Registration will be held on the afternoon of November 28th, from 3-6pm.
The Full Retreat concludes in the afternoon on December 7th, likely around 3 or 4pm. Weekend Option will likely conclude in the evening on December 1st. Please arrange your travel to depart later in the day of your retreat option so you can stay through the conclusion of the retreat.
To prepare for your retreat you may wish to read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, by Sogyal Rinpoche.