If everyone has Buddha Nature does that mean we are already enlightened?

Some great masters understood Buddha Nature as a seed to be nurtured and some believed Buddha Nature as being fully developed within the individual. Demo Rinpoche will explore the topic of Buddha Nature, or the seed of buddhahood. There are many examples of Buddha Nature in well-known teachings, including the Uttaratantra (Sublime Continuum) and The Ornament of Mahayana Sutras. Exploring Buddha Nature deepens our understanding of enlightenment and widens the view of Buddha’s Dharma.

In addition to Demo Rinpoche’s teachings, there will be panel discussions each afternoon. The topics will include:

  • Precious Human Life
  • Refuge and Definition of Enlightenment
  • Merit and Purification
  • Nature of Mind
  • Free Will and the Unenlightened Mind
  • Interdependence and Buddha’s Qualities

Onsite Social Activities (* and online)

  • Yoga Stretches – Tuesday – Saturday
  • Bird Watching – Guided Expedition – Tuesday
  • Brown bag lunch in a Magical Garden offsite – Wednesday
  • Dinner (bring your own) and Movie night – Thursday
  • *Talent Show – onsite/online – Friday

This year, as in the past, a tent will be provided for the teachings and gatherings as weather permits.

Limited Sangha Lodging may be available. Jewel Heart hotel discount options. To inquire, write to Kathy at [email protected].

This Summer Retreat will conclude with a White Tara Longevity Initiation and a party celebrating Jewel Heart’s 35th Anniversary.

Prayers for download:

Prayers For Jewel Heart
Summer Retreat 2023 Teaching Prayers

Supporting materials:

Mirror of Mind
SEM – The Nature of Mind
Fundamental Potential for Enlightenment by Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden

About Demo Rinpoche

Fee: $400 / Give What You Can

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Schedule for Monday – Saturday (all times ET):
8:30am – 9:30am: White Tara Guided Meditation
9:30am – 10:00am: Break
10:00am – 12:00pm: Morning Teachings
12:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Panel Discussions
3:00pm – 3:30pm: Break
3:30pm – 5:00pm: Afternoon Teachings
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Discussion Groups
6:30pm – 8:00pm: Dinner
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Social Activities (to be announced)

Schedule for Sunday – Open to the Public (all times ET):
10:00am – 12:00pm – White Tara Longevity Initiation
Beginning at 12:00pm – 35th Anniversary Celebration

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