Center for Creative Inquiry

What Does it Mean to be Free

Annual Time Space Knowledge Retreat Europe by Jack Petranker


Sept 24 – 29
Neu Plaue Retreat Center, Germany

The retreat What Does it Mean to be Free is based on the book Love of Knowledge by Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku.

The retreat is held in the beautiful Neu Plaue Retreat Center in Germany. It is in person only.

This retreat is a co-production of Nyingma Centrum Nederland, Neu Plaue Retreat Center and Center for Creative Inquiry, Berkeley, California.

Content retreat What Does it Mean to be Free
We live our lives within limits we have learned to take for granted.

Because we put our own wants and needs at the center of experience, we live in a world where time rushes on from moment to moment, separating us from what we desire.

Because we are always reaching out for what we hope to possess, we occupy a small and close-off space. We rob ourselves of the joy of being fully present.

In this retreat, we will question the limits we impose on ourselves and the positions we impose on experience. We will learn how to connect with all that happens, and to appreciate more fully the beauty of the world we inhabit.

Flexibility in the face of positioning is true freedom.
Tarthang Tulku, Love of Knowledge, p. 375

Instructor: Jack Petranker
Jack Petranker is Director of Mangalam Research Center, and former Dean of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley. A direct student of Tarthang Tulku since 1980, Jack holds degrees from Stanford, Yale, and University of California, Berkeley. He is author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? And the editor of many books in the TSK series.

Practical Information
Time: Tuesday, September 24 – Sunday, September 29, 2024

Place: Neu Plaue Retreat Center, Germany

Language: The retreat will be conducted in English.

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Sep 24 - 29 2024


9:00 am - 6:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Sep 24 - 29 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Jack Petranker

    Jack Petranker (he/him) is the founder of CCI and regularly offers courses and retreats. He is the author of When It Rains, Does Space Get Wet? (Dharma Publishing 2006), and has written numerous academic articles in consciousness studies, organizational change, political transformation, and the value of work as a spiritual practice. Jack holds an MA in political theory from UC Berkeley, and a JD from Yale Law School. He is also the Director of Mangalam Research Center in Berkeley, CA.

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