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White Cloud Sojourns

White Cloud Sojourns Focus Group Aspect for this Workshop For this focus group review, the thought is for you to attend with “beginners mind” and participate during the weekend as a student, saving thoughts and critiques for both the short term review forms and then, allowing yourself time for reflection and either through additional forms, or conversations by phone, letter or email, providing additional feedback for us. Birth our existence, our consciousness, dying, our very last breath: These are heady, intense subjects and even the bravest explorers among us will need time to reflect and contribute. Some of the things we may want to explore with you are: • Is the material helpful and factual (according to your knowledge)? • Was it presented in an understandable, caring way? • Would others, who have never explored these subjects understand? • Was there enough space to integrate what you experienced> • An 18 hour weekend course is intensive, what other formats could be considered? • Inclusion or exclusion of spiritual references in the teachings – more/less? These and other questions will be covered in queries and open end questions in optional course review forms and conversations. “This is samsara. We must try.” Ayang Rinpoche 14 Pratt Rd, Alstead, NH 03602 peter@whitecloudsojourns.net 603-760-8362

White Cloud Sojourns DRAFT SCHEDULE: Outline of Learning Areas (Roman Num.) and Activities (Alpha) Day One - Evening (2.5 hours - 6:30 to 9:00 PM) A. Breath exercise (Seated or Standing) (5 minutes) 1) Introductions and Intro Section (Logistics, safety; what we will cover: 40 minutes 2) Breath and Being - Consciousness follows breath, breath follows consciousness, from the moment we are born, until we die. Death, the great teacher. ( 30 minutes – total 1 hour 15 minutes) 3) Breath Meditation Intro (30 minutes) B. Breath of Loving Kindness – Guided Meditation (First Step) (45 minutes: 9:00 PM) Day Two - Morning (4 Hours) Start 8:30 AM C. Breath Exercise (5 minutes) 4) Circle check In – Recap (35 minutes) 5) Conscious Connected Breath (Explain and Demo 35 minutes) 6) Patterns of Breath – Breath and Emotion/Entrainment – Fear to Excitement to Love to Desire to Anger: Slow-Shallow; Slow-Deep; Fast-Shallow; Fast-Deep; Intro to Conscious Connected Breath (30 minutes - Total Time: 1 hr 45 minutes ) Break: 15 minutes (Ends at 10:30) 7) The Panic and Pain of Dying – In the Breath (30 minutes) a. Hyperventilating; Fear and Myth b. Ending Entrainment - Easing the suffering – Physical benefits of relaxed breathing c. The Dying Breath Patterns – Panic Breathing’s Varied Forms D. Guided Meditation – Loving Kindness - 40 minutes (Practicing generating/sending love to others, especially your foes.) 8) Intro to Tonglen: The Concept of Sending and Receiving Breath Mediation (Tonglen) (1 hour) 14 Pratt Rd, Alstead, NH 03602 peter@whitecloudsojourns.net 603-760-8362

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