Visualization is a key meditation skill used in many practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana methods all rely upon it. So, what does visualization really refer to in the context of meditation? When does it apply? How does one do it? How does it support awakening? Can you do visualization practices if you are not a visual person?
These are some of the topics that will be explored in this 2-hour workshop led by Stephanie Johnston. Visualization will be described in the context of practical application to the Buddhist path with guided explorations and time for questions and adjustments. Participants should emerge with a clear understanding of the skill, how and when it is used, coupled with the confidence and know-how to apply it in their practice.
This workshop is for Buddhist practitioners of any age and practice stage. Just bring your interest, curiosity, and willingness to explore. It is being offered as a support for one’s personal practice, especially over the holiday season.
Live translation in French and Spanish will be offered. The discussion will be recorded and made available for a limited time.
About the Teacher
Stephanie Johnston had the good fortune to meet the dharma in her early university days and the greater good fortune to try to understand it and bring it into her life, especially under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. She is the Director of Practice Instructors and a senior teacher in Nalandabodhi. She is also a long-time student and faculty of Nitartha Institute. Bringing pretty much anything to the path—or trying to figure how to do that—lights her up.
Nestled in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, MRC is in the Columbia River Valley surrounded by the Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. It is the perfect spot for a meditation retreat. MRC offers both on-site and online retreat programs, and also serves those interested in solo retreats.
MRC has retreat cabins and rooms, with a community shrine room and library available to all retreatants. The many surrounding trails are perfect for walking meditation and contemplation.
Schedule (Pacific time)
Sunday, December 18, 2022
9:00am — 11:00am