Meditation existed before the Buddha appeared in the world and today meditation is being practiced for all sorts of reasons—for improved health, for relaxation, or even to help people perform better in their work. Our Thursday sessions will explain the basic techniques needed to begin a regular meditation practice and keep it going. The session also includes a few words from H.E. Chhoje Rinpoche or one of our visiting teachers explaining how we can integrate Buddhist principles into our daily lives. Attendance is free and no registration is required. See our calendar for updates.
with Meditation Master Brendan Kennedy
Confusion, misperception and problems come from being lost in what is experienced. When one is lost in an experience, the experiencer is automatically forgotten and we see what is experienced as being real separate and unchanging. By remembering the experiencer, we can begin to not be totally lost in the experienced. Once we find the experiencer and gain some stability and clarity, we can begin to see the true nature of the experiencer. We will automatically start to be free from being lost in what is experienced and the experiencer. The true nature of the experiencer is no different than the true nature of the experienced. The duality and the difference between the experiencer and the experienced automatically disappears. Who or what is the experiencer? Where does it come from? How does the experiencer get lost in the experienced? These are the things we’re going to explore together.
with Dr. Nashalla Gwyn Nyinda Menpa, TMD
Instill a solid foundation for your study or review of the Tibetan healing system. The Root Tantra is the basis for the entire healing system of Sowa Rigpa. It is said that if you understand the Root Tantra, you understand all of Tibetan medicine In this weekend, we will learn the foundational and key aspects which can be applied into one’s personal journey of healing or professional life working with others. This teaching provides a comprehensive overview of the root upon which all Tibetan Medicine builds, along with tools to apply the system. Friday evening lecture serves both as a beginning to the weekend or a stand alone lecture with a focus on the inner mandala and teachings of the Medicine Buddha. One can attend either Friday evening and Saturday separately, but Sunday requires attendance in the earlier sessions.
with Andrew Holecek
The bardo of letting go is the first of the three bardos that are experienced as part of dying. In this part of the journey, a person is guided to weaken their exclusive identification with outer form, and strengthen their identification with the formless, which allows one to touch their deathless nature.
This is the guiding view, and all we have to do to die well. We can strengthen this view by understanding the eight phases of the outer and inner dissolutions, and their accompanying signs. These signs arise as physical and mental functions cease, signaling the advancement of death. Studying and trying to develop an understanding of what is said to happen after death will allow us better appreciate the nuances of the experience.
This two-day bardo of letting go workshop will include talks, contemplations, meditations, and videos specifically designed to prepare us. We will learn how to help ourselves – and others – in the incredible transition of death.