A Note from Tarchin
Due to a diagnosis of prostate cancer followed by sugery in mid-2015, and then radiation therapy in early 2017, I am living a life that continues to be tethered to medical tests and procedures. Recognising that what we call the future is unpredictable, especially with a medical situation called cancer, it will be best to view the following teaching calendar, not as a schedule set in stone, but as a “heart-felt aspiration list” and I will do all that I can to attend. Meanwhile, in addition to any public teaching, there is the opportunity for people to come to Orgyen Hermitage and to have individual mentoring and more directly personal teaching.
May we all continue to flower in wisdom and compassion.
with love and good wishes
Queenstown Dharma Centre, November 10 – 18
Totality, Emptiness, and Mind Only
Glimpses of ‘Hwa Yen’ – the Heart of Mahayana
Hwa Yen (in Sanskrit – The Avatamsaka Sutra), is a foundational Mahayana Buddhist teaching, famous for its detailed vision of practical awakening and radical inclusivity. Here the entire universe in all its manifestations is seen as worthy of investigation. In this sutra, bodhisattvas, appear in myriad ways: artists, scientists, parents, business persons, healers, social workers, monks, yogis, scholars and contemplatives. The depth and universality of Hwa Yen provided the philosophical ground for great Buddhist teachings such as Mahamudra, Dzogchen and Zen. This union of love and skilled understanding is as necessary today as it was in the 6th century Tang dynasty, when the Avatamsaka was initially written down. With understanding, it can be a tremendous support for modern dharma paths of contemplative science, personal healing, and engaged ecological sanity.
Tarchin Hearn has a lifetime of deep involvement with these teachings and practices. We invite you to join us for what will surely be a wonderful week.
Orgyen Hermitage, Aongatete, Sunday, Nov. 25
“Generosity: The Foundation of Mindfulness and
Roots of Healthy Community”
Contemplative Explorations with Tarchin
These Sunday sessions will begin at 10am and will be followed by a shared lunch. If the weather is favourable, the classes will be held in the Buddha grove.
To enhance the relevancy of these classes, we invite you to e-mail Tarchin ahead of time with any questions or themes that you are particularly interested in exploring and he will endeavour to weave them into the morning’s contemplations.
Christchurch NZ, Dec 1 and 2
Christchurch Buddhist Centre, 43 Harrow St, Linwood
Ground Meeting Soul – The Heart of Dharma
“I lay down the path of my living
Patterning without break.
Ground meeting soul.
I and thee,
Saturday: 9:30 am – 12:30pm
Natural Reverence and Functional Love
– keys to healing in the midst of illness, old age, and death –
Sunday: 9:30 am – 12:30pm
Nourishing Ease and Discerning Presence
– the essence of contemplative practice –
Whispering Streams, Aongatete, March 2 – 3, 2019
Celebration of the completion of the Orgyen Care Project buildings and
Tarchin’s 70th birthday
Orgyen Hermitage, Aongatete, March 4 – 23, 2019
Heart Teachings of Mahayana
The Sadhana of Samantabhadra
During this 3 week retreat/exploration, Tarchin will guide participants deep into the Heart of Mahayana teachings through exploring his recently crafted “Sadhana of Samantabhadra”.
Stripped bare in the translucent gaze of love and wonderment,
the true nature of phenomena,
a union of complete ease and awake discerning engagement,
this immediately available
natural way of abiding.
Open Path Meditation, Shoreham, Vic. Australia
April 27 – May 5, 2019
Topic and details to be announced
Open Path Meditation