DISCOVERING BUDDHISM

Daylong Retreat with Gus Cutz: Samsara and Nirvana

“Without the complete intention definitely to be free from circling,

There is no way to pacify attachment seeking pleasurable effects in the ocean of circling.

Also, by craving for cyclic existence, embodied beings are continuously bound.

Therefore, at the very beginning seek renunciation.”

–Je Tsongkhapa, The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Samsara is the cycle of endless rebirths that ordinarily propels one’s mind toward more suffering. Nirvana is complete freedom from that state. Spend a day in retreat with Gus Cutz, who will guide you through a variety of meditations aimed at developing the determination to be free from suffering and its causes. This, the Buddhadharma asserts, is where the spiritual path truly begins! This retreat is the culminating event for Discovering Buddhism: Samsara and Nirvana, though all are welcome to join.

About the Teacher

Gustavo Cutz has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008 and previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. He was the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism until 2012 and has taught the course since 2017. He is in the process of becoming an FPMT-certified teacher. Gus also interprets and summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,” and, most recently, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.