Start Date: Friday, April 19, 2013
End Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Heart Sutra Retreat

“Every Buddha throughout time,
With just this Perfect Wisdom,
Fully wakes up to perfect and complete Enlightenment.”

What is this wisdom, knowing which one becomes fully awake? What do Shariputra and Avalokitesvara ‘know’ that we do not? On this five-day retreat we will enter into the world of Perfect Wisdom, through reading,  mantra, meditation, and just a little cognitive exploration – not too much, for perfect wisdom is elusive, best glimpsed from the corner of one’s eye while not trying too hard to find it. Yet perfect wisdom is clear, radiant, and ultimately reliable.

Bring your favorite translations and commentaries on the Heart Sutra to share. Bring your heart and confidence in the Dharma.

The retreat is open to anyone familiar with basic Buddhist teachings (Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path, Five Skandhas, the three Lakshanas or Marks of conditioned existence) and solid meditation experience (Mindfulness of Breathing, Metta, Just Sitting).

Led by Amala, who has been a student of the Heart Sutra for four decades. She is also a devotee of Prajnaparamita, the Mother of the Buddhas, who is a loving embodiment of wisdom. A member of the Triratna Buddhist Order since 2000, Amala has led retreats and taught meditation and Buddhadharma for well over a decade in Buddhist Centers, schools and colleges.


At Aryaloka, we strive to make our programs available to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances. Our fee structure allows you to pay according to your means. The Sustaining price is for people comfortably paying their rent or mortgage, and who can afford the occasional meal out and movie. The Sustaining price level also helps Aryaloka offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend. Any payment above this price is a tax-deductible donation. Mid-Level prices are for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Aryaloka’s operating costs. The Base-Level price is for those without an income or with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge. Those whose circumstances are not included above can call the office to arrange alternate pricing.

Led by: Amala
Times: 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Akashaloka
Registration: Registration Page
Fee: Sliding Scale $360/300/240
Level: Experienced
Directions: Directions Page