Daylong Retreat with Gus Cutz: Transforming Problems

As poets say, peacocks convert the poison they consume into the brilliant colors of their feathers. In the same way, we too can convert all our unwanted experiences into more positive mental states.

Join Gus Cutz as he skillfully shows us how to transform problems into happiness using the special techniques of mind training (lojong). Reflecting on the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation” and practicing giving and taking meditation (tonglen), we learn to shift our attitude from cherishing ourselves in a self-centered way to affectionately cherishing others. Gus will also integrate other practices from the Transforming Problems module of Discovering Buddhism.

The retreat will include time for discussion and several guided meditations. Making the most of this opportunity to reorient our minds, we will practice silence during all the breaks. Come one, come all, bring friends and enjoy the tranquility of retreat.

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.