12.30–6.30pm: Contemplation, Presence and Awareness,
with Arnaud Coquillard
An afternoon of collaborative learning from the Tibetan Dzogchen Teachings of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
7–9pm: Book launch of The Search for Meaning in Psychotherapy:
Spiritual Practice, the Apophatic Way and Bion, by Judith Pickering
Join us for an afternoon of innovative instruction from the teachings of the Tibetan Dzogchen Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu. What does it mean to be present and aware in daily life? How can the practice of contemplation help us find the peace and contentment we all crave?
Employing innovative teaching approaches, Arnaud Coquillard will answer these questions and more. Using games, collaborative learning, sitting and movement practices and direct informative talks, he will introduce us to the point of views of the Three Paths of Liberation and the contemplative practices deriving from Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen.
Arnaud Coquillard is a senior student of the late Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and qualified Santi Maha Sangha teacher. Originally from France he lives on the Sunshine Coast, QLD where he leads retreats and practices at Namgyalgar Retreat Centre.
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was born in in 1938 in Eastern Tibet. At the time of his passing in September 2018, he was recognised by the Tibetan Government in exile as the foremost master of Dzogchen. A prolific author and scholar he has written numerous books on Tibetan culture and travelled worldwide bringing the teachings to his students. The International Dzogchen Community has centres (gars) on every continent and continues to carry on his work.
Dzogchen is a method for discovering the already self-perfected state of our primordial nature, which needs no ‘perfecting’, for it has always been perfect from the very beginning, just like the sky. It is uncreated, yet spontaneously accomplished.
You are then invited to stay on for Tibetan momos and a book launch at 7pm.
Shang Shung Insitute and Sydney Dzogchen Community are pleased to present the launch of Judith Pickering’s new book, The Search for Meaning in Psychotherapy: Spiritual Practice, the Apophatic Way and Bion (published by Routledge).
A conversation with Judith plus a Q & A will be followed by a session of Khaita – Tibetan Dancing.
“In this experiential and scholarly book Judith brings us, her patients and herself on a deeply personal journey in the search for meaning in psychotherapy. Her exploration of Buddhism, Dzogchen and apophatic mysticism from a range of traditions sings to the ray of divine darkness: the transcendence of not knowing over conceptual knowledge in psychotherapy.
“Judith’s book is a profound inquiry into the contemplative, mystical and apophatic dimensions of psychoanalysis. It grows out of many years of clinical practice as a psychotherapist, as well as long experience in meditation and contemplation.
“If, when a patient enters therapy, there is an underlying yearning to discover a deeper sense of meaning or purpose, how might a therapist rise to such a challenge? As both Carl Jung and Wilfred Bion observed, the patient may be seeking something that has a spiritual as well as psychotherapeutic dimension. Presented in two parts, The Search for Meaning in Psychotherapy is a profound inquiry into the contemplative, mystical and apophatic dimensions of psychoanalysis.”
Judith Pickering is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, analytical psychologist, couple therapist and scholar of religious studies working in private practice in Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Being in Love: Therapeutic Pathways Through Psychological Obstacles to Love (Routledge, 2008) and has over forty years’ experience in meditation, prayer and contemplation.
This afternoon and evening is part of a longer five-day Urban Retreat in Sydney held at the Buddhist Library and the nearby Rigpa Temple, from Thursday July 18 to Tuesday 23 July. for members of the Dzogchen Community or anyone with a serious interest in the Dzogchen teachings.
Contact us at Dzogchen Community at email@example.com for more information and to RSVP.