Posts by John Jackson

Going Beyond Mindfulness

In case you missed it, TIME magazine recently ran their cover story about the many benefits of mindfulness. TIME has been criticized in some quarters by choosing to lead in this story with yet another image of an attractive young blond woman model with her eyes blissfully closed. The Huffington Post and others have attempted to give a bit more well rounded presentation of the topic, but generally the mass media, and many of the health care professionals and scientists who have begun to have an interest in meditation, have a pretty limited view of what meditation is, in large part due to the success of a single program. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a molecular biologist of the University of Massachusetts, studied meditation with the Korean Zen master Seung Sahn, who was very...

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Healing through the Five Elements, Cork Ireland

We will enjoy teaching in Cork once again this spring, bringing to the beautiful Emerald Isle the teaching of the Five Elements, April 4-6, 2014. The teachings of the Five Elements help us to feel vitally connected with the world in which we live, and can help purify and balance our emotions and views of ourselves. We will work from the ancient Tibetan teachings on the Elements, as described in the book Healing with Form, Energy and Light. For further information contact Mary...

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Five Elements Online Course

January 11 – February 22, 2014. This course is based upon videos of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche exploring how each of the five elements relates to our daily experiences, emotions, and relationships. Rinpoche guides meditations for each of the elements, designed to help clear our obstacles and bring balance to our lives. Each section of the course includes a video of Rinpoche’s teaching, Rinpoche leading a guided meditation, readings from Healing with Form, Energy and Light, and assignments for journal writing, discussion, formal and informal practice. The course is designed so that you may integrate study and practice into your everyday routine, learning at your own pace, yet enjoying the support of classmates and the course mentor. John Jackson will be the mentor...

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EU Three Doors Academy Final Retreat

This March 24-29, 2014 will mark the final retreat of the first European Three Doors Academy, near Goldberg, Germany. This will be the culmination of two and a half years of intense inner work by our trainees, and will include a graduation ceremony lead by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Raven Lee and John Jackson. The Academy is a program designed to support individuals’ deep processing, change and inner growth through a series of secular meditations of the Body, Speech and Mind. Participants use these practices to transform themselves in three dimensions: their relation to their work, their relation to their family, and their relation to themselves. Over the course of the program trainees journal 63 transformations in these three categories, while practicing...

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Healing the Earth in Denmark

March 21-22, 2014 we will be in Skanderborg, Denmark leading a retreat on the ancient Tibetan smoke offering rituals. For thousands of years, the wise that have come before us have respected and connected with the forces of nature. If you yearn to reconnect, to live in harmony with the world we call our home, join us for this weekend of ancient sacred ritual and meditation. We will work through the Tibetan smoke offering practices of sang chöd and sur chöd to make peace with the forces of nature, and with ourselves. These simple practices, variations of which are performed daily throughout Asia by millions of people from all walks of life, lead to feelings of connection and belonging in the sacred mother earth. Sur chöd helps support the creation of a peaceful...

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