How to Prepare for Dzogchen Meditation Retreat

What are the supportive conditions for meditation?

It is a traditional question that is the first topic to be addressed in Tibetan meditation instruction manuals. For this Dzogchen Retreat, I want to invite you to set up a special place for the retreat in your home. You can set aside a dedicated space for the retreat such as a room, a closet, a tent in the backyard, an office… whatever quiet place you can find to dedicate to the practice. Doing this will make a difference. The purpose of this retreat is to deeply relax, to find a deep sense of serenity in our body and mind. It will be easier to do that if you have a dedicated space. 

Even if it is not possible to have a separate space, a partial space in a room can be designated by setting up a meditation seat and small shrine, as well as a table for your computer. I recommend having everything you might need to make it through the retreat days there — some blankets and pillows for yoga, some water, your headset or microphone and computer, a cushion to sit on for practice, a notebook and pen, your bell and drum if you have them, and some incense for the morning smoke offerings that we do daily on retreat. The staff and I will guide you through the rest, so just set up a place as supportive as possible.

Simple shrine

Simple meditation seat

Simple yoga space

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