Now Online: Interdependence Day – The Buddha’s Teaching on Dependent Arising

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Now Online: Interdependence Day – The Buddha’s Teaching on Dependent Arising

with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Saturday, May 30th, 2020 | 10:00am – 5:00pm ET

The teachings on interdependence, often known as dependent arising (pratityasamutpada in Sanskrit), are essential to all the teaching and practice lineages of the Buddha. You might say that they lie at the heart of awakening. Not only do these teaching tell us something about our relationship to the world around us, they also help us understand who we are in the ever-arising context of the world in which we live.

In this time of home-sheltering and social distancing, what do these teachings tell us about the meaning of “true connection”? What is the difference between being alone and feeling isolated? What does it mean to be “independent”? How do we create grace within the nature of interdependent relationships?

Elizabeth will guide us through an exploration of these ideas, from within the context of the Buddha’s most essential and liberating teachings: dependent arising.

This Daylong retreat will include a combination of talks by the teacher with periods of silent meditation. Practitioners of all levels are welcome


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Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. She teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, and Europe. She is the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom and The Logic of Faith: the Buddhist Path to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt.

Elizabeth is known for her use of inquiry as a means to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. She asks audiences to engage in the practice of open questioning with her while she takes a fresh look at all the assumptions and beliefs we have about spirituality. In particular, Elizabeth is fascinated with the Buddha’s essential teachings on the natural principle of pratityasamutpada, dependent arising. Audiences repeatedly comment on how her approach has reinvigorated their meditation practice and the way they relate to their lives as a whole.