Pure Lands, Hidden Lands, Sacred Lands: Spiritual Pilgrimage for Dark Times
Part I in a Series
Note: This retreat was recorded via Zoom in April of 2022. All videos from this session are included here. This was the first in a two-part live Pure Lands program. Part II will occur in October 28-30, 2022.
This session is a suggested prerequisite for Part II. Purchasing this course of Part I and viewing it before Part II will satisfy this suggested prerequisite. This is only a suggested prerequisite, however topics as presented in Part I will not be re-visited in Part II.
- Have you been meditating for a long time, but aren’t sure you’re ever going to reach enlightenment?
- When you consider reincarnation, and you look at the trajectory the world is on, have you thought, “I am not so sure I want to be born back here”?
- Does the concept of heaven sometimes seem a lot more appealing?
- Do you long to discover sacred places for spiritual rejuvenation, both inner and outer?
- Do you wish that Buddhism didn’t seem so lonely, and require you to work so hard to become enlightened?
Discover the profound connection between the Pure Land principle, as a form of Buddhism, and the sacred hidden places that exist in the physical world, and within each one of us.
Learn what it takes to be reborn in a Pure Land, and how, in this life, you can merge landscape with mindscape, discovering the nonduality of inner and outer.
Pure Land Buddhism is the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in the world. From its origins in India, Pure Land doctrine spread to China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea, where it is the principle form of Buddhism. There are over 100,000,000 Pure Land disciples worldwide. You may have studied and practiced Buddhism for a long time, and yet not realize there’s a form of Buddhism that is largely based on faith.
Pure Land Buddhists revere the Buddha Amitabha Buddha (Amida in Asia), the “Buddha of Infinite Light,” a gentle and all-accepting Buddha. Faith in this Buddha allows adherents to be reborn in his Pure Land, where enlightenment comes swiftly. From a Pure Land perspective, one doesn’t have to attain superlative spiritual achievements before being accepted.
This program will guide you on a discovery of Tibetan mystical traditions where hidden places, both inner and outer, become adventures for the mind. Through lecture, Q and A, daily meditations we explore outer, inner, and secret pilgrimage; how the elements of the mind, the body, and the outer landscape interconnect; and the importance of making pilgrimage.
Andrew is an author and spiritual teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition who leads seminars and workshops throughout the United States and abroad. As a longtime student of Buddhism, he frequently presents the tradition from a contemporary perspective, blending ancient wisdom with modern tools. Drawing on years of intensive study and practice, he teaches widely on opportunities found in obstacles, hardship and pain, and death and dying. Andrew has authored several books, including:
The Power and the Pain: Transforming Spiritual Hardship into Joy
Preparing to Die: Practical Advice and Spiritual Wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
Dream Yoga; Illuminating Your Life Through Lucid Dreaming and the Tibetan Yogas of Sleep
Dreams of Light: The Profound Daytime Practice of Lucid Dreaming
The Lucid Dreaming Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Your Dream Life
and the audio program Dream Yoga: The Tibetan Path of Awakening Through Lucid Dreaming.