Releasing Workshops

Six element Stupa

Releasing through reflecting on the Six Elements.

We promote a stress free life by teaching people how to relax around things borrowed from outside ourselves.

Releasing involves letting go of elemental accumulations that have gradually calcified into a rigid, fixed sense of self. This results in a more expansive and vast experience that can naturally lead into the open potentiality of Imagination.

Releasing is part of an essential and progressive System of Meditation

  • Integrating in a centripetal way through focusing on the breath.
  • Radiating in a centrifugal way the natural positivity of a healthy mammalian brain.
  • Releasing of elemental accumulations that create a fixed, rigid sense of self.
  • Imagining other dimensions of being that lift the spirit and provide inspiration.

After a firm foundation of integrative Awareness through Just Sitting and the Mindfulness of Breathing, followed by the expansive protective nature of Love radiated through the Development of Loving-kindness, it is traditional to then undertake Releasing practices.

The Six Element Practice

1. The Earth element.

– Take time experiencing the Earth element inside your body; then bring to mind the vast and dynamic nature of the Earth element outside. Later, reflect on how the internal Earth element in “you” has constantly come from the external Earth element outside the body. Mindfully reflect, “This Earth element is not me, not mine, not I. And, when I die, I will return it to the Earth element outside, releasing it for the last time.” Then, while continuing to sit naturally, mentally let go of the Earth element and experience the vast, open nature of this experience.

2. The Water element.

– Take time experiencing the Water element inside your body; then bring to mind the vast and dynamic nature of the Water element outside. Later, reflect on how the internal Water element in “you” has constantly come from the external Water element outside the body. Mindfully reflect, “This Water element is not me, not mine, not I. And, when I die, I will return it to the Water element outside, releasing it for the last time.” Then, while continuing to sit naturally, mentally let go of the Water element and experience the vast, open nature of this experience.

3. The Fire element.

– Take time experiencing the Fire element inside your body; then bring to mind the vast and dynamic nature of the Fire element outside. Later, reflect on how the internal Fire element in “you” has constantly come from the external Fire element outside the body. Mindfully reflect, “This Fire element is not me, not mine, not I. And, when I die, I will return it to the Fire element outside, releasing it for the last time.” Then, while continuing to sit naturally, mentally let go of the Fire element and experience the vast, open nature of this experience.

4. The Air element.

– Take time experiencing the Air element inside your body; then bring to mind the vast and dynamic nature of the Air element outside. Later, as you mindfully follow the inhalation and exhalation, reflect on where the internal Air element in “you” ends, and where the external Air element outside begins. Mindfully and self-reflectively breath while reflecting, “This Air element is not me, not mine, not I. And, when I die, I will return it to the Air element outside, releasing it for the last time.” Then, while continuing to breath naturally, mentally let go of the Air element and experience the vast, open nature of this experience.

5. The Space [Ether] element.

– Take time experiencing the Space element inside your body; then bring to mind the vast and dynamic nature of the Space element outside. Later, remembering the many spaces borrowed and returned over your life, and reflect on where the internal Space element in “you” ends and where the external Space element outside begins. Mindfully and self-reflectively sit while reflecting, “This Space element is not me, not mine, not I. And, when I die, I will return it to the Space element outside, releasing it for the last time.” Then, while continuing to sit naturally, mentally let go of the Space element and experience the vast, open nature of this experience.

6. The Consciousness element.

– Take time reflecting on the accumulation of consciousness that you experience inhabiting inside your body; then bring to mind the vast and dynamic nature of the Consciousness element outside. Later, reflect on where the internal consciousness element in “you” ends, and where the external Consciousness element outside begins. Mindfully and self-reflectively sit while reflecting, “This consciousness element is not me, not mine, not I. And, when I die, I will return it to the Consciousness element outside, releasing it for the last time.” Then, while continuing to sit naturally, mentally let go of the Consciousness element and experience the vast, open nature of this experience.

Benefits

– Learn a visceral, body-based meditation to directly experience the selfless wisdom of the Buddhas.
– Experience an essential meditation practice uniting all Yogacara practice lineages.
– Improve an existing Mantrayana or Vajrayana meditation practice by deepening your foundation for the initial blue sky of emptiness and final completion stages.
– Practice a classic Buddhist meditation based on the teachings of the historical Buddhas Shakyamuni and Nagarjuna.
– Learn a simple method for cultivating the vibrant fundamental experience underlying all Third Phase traditions found in Chán, Pure Land, the Mantrayana, and Vajrayana.


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