Have you found yourself wondering how the dharma teachings can be integrated in your life and help you in relating with others? In these classes, we will explore foundational teachings such as the Four Noble Truths. Through mixing both our lived experience with the insights from traditional teachings we will find them easier to integrate into our lives. 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 more compassion for ourselves and others.
In this class we will explore ethics and morality through understanding and cultivating attention in our meditation and in everyday life. Through attention, our practice will reveal our preconceived ideas and habitual patterns, allowing us to explore Buddhist ethics and morality from our own experience. As we cultivate attention and live in attention, to our delight, we step out of a life of reactiveness and into a life of presence.
This class is 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.
Cost: $10-$30 sliding scale donation
Note: These classes are part of the Sukhasiddhi Sundays Series and fulfill requirements of the Dharma Training Program, a self-paced study program covering the principles, practices, and philosophies foundational to Vajrayana Buddhism. Awake in the World is an important component of this program and will meet once per month for two hours. Participation is required for anyone in the Dharma Training Program and optional for all others.
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.