DISCOVERING BUDDHISM

Daylong Retreat with Gus Cutz: Presenting the Path

Sun Oct 16, 10:30am–3:30pm EDT

Unique to Tibetan Buddhism is its great tradition of lamrim texts, which completely lay out the stages on the path to enlightenment. The first of these beloved texts appeared in the 11th century, and contemporary commentaries from wise teachers are still being published today. In all this time, not much has changed about the roadmap to enlightenment: a practitioner who follows these steps in sequence will definitely achieve this ultimate goal!

Join Gus Cutz for a daylong retreat where you will learn about the graduated stages on the path and the logic behind their sequence, and experience meditations on these stages. Engaging in the lamrim tradition is the perfect way to explore how Buddhist philosophy, teachings, and your own meditation practice fit together.

This retreat is the culminating event for Discovering Buddhism: Presenting the Path, though all are welcome to join.

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom, as the center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend.

After registering, the system automatically sends a confirmation and/or a receipt email that contains the Zoom meeting link or other instructions. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

If you don’t immediately receive the email(s) with the Zoom information, or you have questions about Zoom or accessing the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Schedule

10:30-10:45 Welcome and Motivation
10:45-11:30 Session
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:15 Session
12:15-12:30 Walking Meditation
12:30-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-2:00 Q&A
2:00-2:30 Session
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:15 Session
3:15-3:30 Dedication and conclusion

Registration

Suggested: $30 per session
Other offering options: free, $5, $15, $45 

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)

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Discovering Buddhism Certification

FPMT certification is available for those who complete all the components of the course. The completion certificate confirms the satisfaction of having accomplished a comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening.

If you are interested in receiving credit for completing each module, please indicate your commitment to completing all of the module’s requirements by printing, completing, and signing the first page of this document. You can bring it to the first session of the module or email it to [email protected].

About the Teacher

Gustavo Cutz is an FPMT-certified teacher and has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008.  Gus has been the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism since 2012 and he explains complex material with simplicity, making the Buddha’s teachings practical and always accompanied with enthusiasm and a delightful sense of humor.

In addition, Gus facilitates the Debate Club and leads one day retreats. He has also taught Dharma topics at other spiritual centers. He is working on interpreting and summarizing Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on several topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, and the six perfections.  

Gus previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. Presently he works as a clinical psychologist and practices on Long Island.