SMS base Retreat with Oliver Leick in Serbia
For the second time in few years we are blessed and extremely fortunate to have the Dzogchen Retreat with Oliver Leick, in Belgrade, Serbia from May 16th - 20th 2012. This Retreat was based on the Teachings and Instructions of Santi Maha Sangha Base Level of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. We are also very happy to welcome our Vajra brother Alexander Gruber from Austrian Dzogchen Community who attended this Retreat. Our little Community of approx. 10 to 13 practitioners (occasionally in some sessions) gathered for this auspicious event at the Yoga Center where we are meeting regularly for Yantra Yoga and the collective practices. The Retreat started in the evening with Guru Yoga. Then Oliver led us by giving examples of the limitations concerning body, voice and mind in a direct, clear, and picturesque way and the advices how to overcome them by integration in our own nature. Oliver clearly outlined how to follow the practices correctly, coordinating breathing, singing and recitation of mantras. He led us deeply into the details of various Guru Yoga practices, Refuge and Bodhichitta in Sutra , Tantra and Dzogchen , Lojongs, 7 mind trainings, Paramitas , the Rushen of the purification of the causes of 6 lokas, vividly explaining the details of each loka and the characteristic of the suffering of various beings.
It was inspiring to listen to Oliver's vivid explanations, vast and profound knowledge and to practice together wonderful practices of the 25 thigles and the Purification of the causes of the Six lokas.
The final day was dedicated to the advice on the practice in daily life. Focusing on different methods of working with our behavior was detailed, clear and lively and we enjoyed many illustrations Oliver gave through stories of his own experiences. Oliver emphasized the importance of the state of presence and awareness both during waking state and in dreams thorough the Practice of the Night.
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