Have you found yourself wondering how the dharma teachings can be integrated in your life and help you in relating with others? In these Awake in the World monthly sessions, we explore foundational teachings of Buddhism and how they can be seen in and effect everyday life. Through mixing both our lived experience with the insights from traditional teachings we will find them easier to integrate into our lives.
The fall 2020 series will be devoted to the study and practice of the Paramitas, the enlightened qualities which provide the ability to be in the world and benefit others in every way. It is the essence of how to be a bodhisattva. As we begin to practice, we touch into a real basic goodness in ourselves. Practicing the paramitas is how we can personally and directly apply the teachings and become the change we want to see in the world.
In this session, we will begin with the wish to practice the paramitas of generosity and discipline. Paramita means going beyond our clinging and self centered tendencies and their practice is the essence of how to be a bodhisattva.
With generosity we open ourselves to others giving our time and our attention, without holding back to defend our territory with ego grasping. We develop the generosity to let go. Generosity naturally progresses to transcend discipline and moral ethics, where, through mindfulness we develop a commitment to act for the benefit of others and ourselves.
As we go through these teachings, there will be a time to practice calm abiding meditation, which helps us to develop relaxed focused attention, emotional awareness and bring balance to our mind. As we progress in our development and understanding, we naturally feel and express more compassion for ourselves and others.
These sessions, offered on the third Saturday of each month, offer a supportive and kind environment that allows for us to share our successes and opportunities as we work with the process of bringing the dharma into our lives. Seasoned meditators will find these classes deepen their understanding and strengthen commitment to the teachings and practice. New meditators will find these centuries’ old teachings relevant in today’s world in developing contentment and resilience in their lives. Together we will learn from each other and engage as a community toward compassionate action within a divisive world. We welcome and encourage both experienced meditators and new people.
Please join us in this rich exploration.
- Individual Session: $20-$30 sliding scale donation per session.
- 4-Month Series (Sept-Dec, 2020) $75-$100 sliding scale
Recordings of each session will be available for those who don’t attend in person. Dates for the series are September 19, October 17, November 21 and December 19, 2020
Note: These classes fulfill requirements of the Dharma Training Program, a self-paced study program covering the principles, practices, and philosophies foundational to Vajrayana Buddhism.
Teacher: Lama Pat first started meditating in 1975. Prior to meeting Lama Palden in 1999, she studied with both western and eastern teachers including several pilgrimages and retreats in India. Under Lama Palden’s tutelage, she completed both the full Shangpa Kagyu practices usually reserved for the traditional three-year retreat and the four-year teacher training program. In 2017, under the authority of Kalu Rinpoche, both Lama Palden and Lama Drupgyu authorized her as a Lama. With immense gratitude for her teachers and the lineage, Lama Pat is excited to share these teachings with others that supports the natural unfoldment of innate wisdom transforming one’s life. In addition to her dharma studies and teaching, she has been an RN for over 40 years and holds a masters in counseling psychology. She also leads Sukhasiddhi’s Clear Light Institute assisting contemplative approaches to working with illness, death and dying.