Pointing Out Way: Level 1 Meditation Retreat

with John Churchill

July 29, 2017-August 5, 2017

The Pointing Out style is an ancient way of teaching meditation that is firmly grounded in the teacher-student relationship. In the early essence traditions of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, like the Great Seal (phyags chen; Mahamudra) and the Great Perfection (dzogs chen) meditation traditions, students were literally sung into awakening by their teachers using pithy poem-songs called dohas. The Tibetan word, ngo sprod pa means “to point out” or “to introduce.” The student describes meditation experience in sufficient detail while the teacher carefully monitors the student’s meditation progress. The teacher offers of detailed explanation of the typical meditation experiences, way to practice, and common problems that arise at each stage of meditation practice. When the student has developed the practice so as to make the mind ‘fit’ the teacher points out the real nature of the mind and the protected practices that enable the student to awaken to the mind’s real nature.

John Churchill

John Churchill, along with his wife Nicole, is the co-founder of Samadhi. Born in London, England, John Churchill’s interest in meditative and contemplative studies began as a teenager. After leaving high school, he joined Samye Ling Kagyu Monastery in Scotland where he began his studies in the Mahayana and Mahamudra. He came to the United States to study at Naropa, a Buddhist University, where he majored in Contemplative Psychology with a specialization in mind/body health. He completed graduate studies at the New England School of Acupuncture where he specialized in Japanese acupuncture. John has been a practitioner of meditation and hatha yoga for 20 years and has taught embodied yoga and meditation for the last decade. John is a long time close student of Dr. Daniel Brown, the senior teacher, originator and translator of the Pointing Out Way, and was authorized as a teacher in the tradition in 2012. At Samadhi he offers services in acupuncture, holistic health, contemplative studies and meditation instruction. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College. He is also the father of two children, Trinity and Bodhi who are his best teachers!

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