Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.

Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 
Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
All confusion and doubt that was left in me...clearly and quietly left and all this there is ...now is the luminous clear naked awareness ... simply kept in check by allowing no conceptual thoughts to take hold... Just see, just feel, just BE....
Thanks you Jackson, .again I am so thankful for you and your humble teaching and compassion.
Jill

Hi All,

I attended the Brookings, Oregon retreat and want to share what an amazing experience it was.

We started out on Friday with Jackson talking to us about what he planned to do during the weekend. He was just talking about the various stages of practice and it became a practice experience for us, even before we really began. Jackson has an extraordinary way of making the results of practice real and present to our awareness.

On Saturday there were three more periods of practice. In between times we walked on the beach, had lunch together, and shared our experiences with each other. Jackson also gave several inspiring talks.

On Sunday we had another talk, a practice session, and time for us to individually speak with Jackson. We concluded with music and sharing.
Throughout all this we were on the boat, enjoying the scenery and sounds of the harbor and ocean. Jill and Nathan were extraordinary hosts. They made us comfortable, fed us well, and made it feel like home.

I am very grateful to Jackson Peterson for generously offering his time and energy to make this retreat happen. People talk all the time about "life changing" experiences, but really get no more than some form of shallow knowledge instead. This retreat was really and truly a life changing experience. I will never look on my own inner spiritual work the same way again.

People talk about Dzogchen being a form of "direct introduction" to non-dual truth. Jackson made that direct introduction in such a way that the non-duality was impossible to miss.

The techniques that Jackson offered to us were clear, easy to understand, and provided impressive results.

You must be aware, too, that Jackson is being humble about himself. His biography is far more extensive than what is presented on the web. He has traveled the world and talked to numerous people of all faiths and systems seeking the one, unified method by which Being manifests. So what he presents is Dzogchen, but it is also much more than Dzogchen because he brings to the practice a wealth of insight from all the esoteric teachings on Earth.
Jackson knows, too that all this isn't about himself, or about us either, but is about the nature of Being, the Revelation of the One, or however you may choose to call it. It is about Truth itself that is beyond all thought and conception.
There is a lot of good information out there about Dzogchen. We can study it, like I have studied it, and get a certain distance. But practice, done in a group with someone like Jackson, is the key that unlocks the information and turns it into applicable wisdom. This is the unspoken and unspeakable heart of it all. Thanks to this practice it is clear what is happening inwardly and outwardly in a way I could never have learned via study.

So for my part I am very glad I went to the retreat. It was well worth it, in every respect.

Brett

 

Testimonials

I feel inspired to strongly encourage anyone who is considering going on Jackson’s forthcoming retreats to do all they can to be able to attend. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on Jackson’s recent retreat in Spain and found it to be extremely powerful. Jackson’s approach is very radical and direct, very exciting. I have been on many retreats, but found in Spain that I quickly had to let go of all my ideas about what a retreat was/should be! It was such a joy to practice within a context which resonated so strongly with my own direct experience.

I have been practising for a few years now and have been increasingly gravitating towards Dzogchen- inspired approaches. This has been mostly due to the influence/inspiration of Tejananda, another outstanding teacher whose retreats at Vajraloka in Wales (http://www.vajralok a.org), as well as elsewhere in Europe and the US, I would also very highly recommend! Having no training in any of the Tibetan traditions, I wondered before I went to Spain (from the UK) whether I might be out of my depth as far as the technical language and concepts of Dzogchen were concerned, but this was not the case at all. There was a very wide range of experience on the retreat, from folk who hadn't meditated before to experienced Dzogchen practitioners. Jackson’s presentation, while being completely accessible to beginners, was also incredibly rich, with immense depth, and so very inspiring for experienced practitioners too.

Jackson’s spoke very articulately and poetically, with clarity and without hesitation (and all this without any notes!), bursting with energy and enthusiasm, wisdom pouring forth spontaneously. His talks and teachings reflected the amazing depth and breadth of his research into the various non-dual traditions, as well as a very sharp mind. But even more striking and affecting was his obvious depth of practice and compassionate motivation - something in him really, really wanted us to understand what was being pointed out (and his very effective pointings out took many different, sometimes most unexpected, forms!). Jackson was very generous in continually sharing his own experiences with us, which was fascinating, inspiring and encouraging.

I found it very valuable being on a retreat where the body and subtle energies were a central part of the context. I came away with a deeper understanding in this area, very much able to relate Jackson’s teachings to my own direct experience. The energy practices seemed to have a strong effect on almost everyone, myself included.

There was much to inspire during the Spanish retreat, but what had most powerful and lasting effect were the one-to-one conversations with Jackson. He could very quickly and clearly see what the 'issues' were and what was needed to deepen my practice, and was very skilful and effective in the way that he brought me to see this too - on more than just an intellectual level. I also sometimes found the retreat very challenging, given that I was being constantly confronted in such a clear way by my own deluded views!
I very much hope to be able to attend Jackson’s 'follow on' retreat and other retreats in the future. Jackson is a remarkable teacher and I think you will find that it would be well worth going to some trouble if necessary to get on retreat with him.
From G. in the U.K.

As an attendant of the Spain retreat in June I would like to specially encourage so-called "beginners" like myself to check out Jackson’s teachings.

With just a history of reading non-dual texts, a few teachings, great interest, skepticism and little practice-experience I did not know what to expect from this retreat in Spain.
It turned out to be a deeply inspiring and impressive week and brought "me" most profound and amazing experiences. For the first time there was no struggling to intellectually understand or to catch up with someone explaining: You don’t need to have read all the Dzogchen and Advaita literature there is! Jackson’s talks seem incredibly simple, pure, spontaneous and they reach you directly without effort. Jackson is sharing his impressive wisdom from decades of research in non-dual-traditions as well as own his experiences. During the whole time he remained accessible for all of our questions, spent lots of time in one-to-ones and still gives us e-mail-support helping to keep up. Understandings and instructions of powerful practices are presented in a completely non-dogmatic, non-ritual way with a lot of enthusiasm and compassion - no doubt,,he`s serious about this. Besides that we had lots of fun, enjoyed great food and the wonderful nature in and around Mumonkan Centre in Spain (thank you Rob & Max & Maria)! Sharing this significant week with Jackson’s and our group definitely made a difference for "me" and leaves deep gratitude. To all interested seekers I strongly recommend attending one of Jackson’s upcoming retreats. For myself I too will take any possible chance to be part of another meeting in the future wherever it may arise."

With love,
Eva

Vienna, Austria
 Europe

 

I would also like to report on my experinece of the Brookings retreat with Jackson...
It was clear to see that Jckson coming to Brookings was perfect timing for me in clearing some bits of confusion as to what my practice should not only look like but what it should consist of when and if needed from time to time.

Something comes to mind... I use to try and remind myself in various things... to KISS :) and that would be a reminder to Keep It Simple Stupid... but now I have changed that reminder to Keep It Simply Self... Naked Empty Awareness :).
First of all I think it important to give a little background on myself. I really had no idea about what Buddhism...or Zen or Dzogchen teaching was. My spiritual training came from the traditional Western Religions, I was raised as a Lutheran, graduated from Catechism when I was 13... then at 18 I was introduced to sweet Mormon boy... and fell in love with him and then the believes of that religious sect.... I practiced Mormonism for about 25 years and had 6 children during that time. Things didn't always "go" or "turn out" as "planned" and this caused some "sadness" and at times despair to myself and my heart... I could not figure out why, with all MY efforts, I could not get things to GO the way I wanted them to and that they should go... I say all this now with a smile on my face...
Next I met a friend who shared his spiritual path with me and described another way to seek the true nature of my being... being a spiritual seeker myself I opened my mind to this new view .... this was when I started reading and paying attention to all of you here on this group. And this is where Jackson’s teachings began to be a daily event for me in trying to understand and learn how to let go of the ego self and realize the True Nature of what is real and what is ...not.
Jackson came to Brookings and shared so many wonderful and detailed experiences of his personal seach for truth. Like he says He does not BELIEVE In ANYTHING... all is a knowing... for certain of what Being IS... Brett explained this beautifully in his report and I would suggest anyone who has the opportunity to attend a retreat with Jackson, do not hesitate.. in fact... if at all possible. MAKE IT HAPPEN.