Shamatha is a Sanskrit word, that refers to a state of mind that is serenely stilled of all mental wandering, agitation, and dullness. Attaining this level of stability and clarity allows the mind to become effortlessly absorbed on any chosen object of focus, or to become effortlessly absorbed without an object of focus, just resting in its unaltered and spacious state.
It is said, "The difference between the practice of Buddhism with and without shamatha, is like the difference between the footprints of an elephant and a mouse." It is also said, "When wind blows upon a candle, the flame flickers, and it will illuminate little. But with no wind, the flame is stable, and it will illuminate all." Likewise, the more stable and clear that the mind becomes, the deeper and more powerful any Dharma practice will be.
The main purpose of this retreat is to cultivate the great stability, clarity, and power of shamatha, and then from that, the mind will then be able to cultivate special insight (Sanskrit: vipashyana), an incredibly perceptive state of mind, into the nature of reality. In Buddhism, this is known as the union of shamatha and vipashyana.
If somebody doesn’t practice Buddhism, but just wants to practice shamatha on its own, it’s still very beneficial for this life. Not only can they train their mind to effortlessly concentrate on any task or object at hand, but as a byproduct of the calming of turbulent thoughts and disturbing emotions, a great stillness is revealed, that will bring inner peace, contentment, happiness, and health.
Those who attend this retreat will have the very rare opportunity to receive all of the necessary teachings and close guidance directly from Chamtrul Rinpoche himself.
REGISTRATION FOR THIS RETREAT IS REQUIRED