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Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening

  • Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling--Vershire, VT 322 Eastman Cross Road Vershire, VT, 05079 United States (map)
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One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said: “You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?

  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?

  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?

  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?

  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher? 

In this two-day gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves. 


Early Bird Registration
(through May 18th)
Full Program:  $160
Per Day: $85

Standard Registration
(after May 18th)
Full Program:  $180
Per Day: $95
Registration includes a vegetarian lunch with dairy-free and gluten-free options.


Video Streaming
Full Program: $75
Video streaming tickets include access to all four live-streamed talks, with an opportunity to participate in Q&A. Tickets also include access to the video recordings for 30 days following the talk's conclusion.


Video on Demand
Full Program:  $70
Purchasers will receive an access code for video viewing on Vimeo after the live event, when the videos are posted.  Viewers will have access to the talks until June 3, 2020. All talks must be viewed from the Vimeo site. 




Registration  8:00-8:30am
Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation  8:30-9:30am
Talk 1  10:00am-12:00pm
Lunch  12:15-1:15pm
Discussion Groups  1:15-2:15pm
Sitting  2:30-3:00pm
Talk 2  3:00-5:00pm
Closing Chants  5:00-5:30pm

Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation  8:30-9:30am
Talk 3  10:00am-12:00pm
Lunch/Discussion Groups  12:15-1:45pm
Sitting  2:00-2:30pm
Talk 4  2:30-4:30pm

Closing Chants  4:30-5:00pm