The Basics of Buddhism
Evening Talks and Discussion, this Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30
Interested in learning more about Buddhism and meditation?
This week’s topic is Selflessness (also known as egolessness). This is a foundational teaching in Buddhism. It’s recognizing that their is no permanent, self-existing self (or me). With this realization comes freedom from suffering and a joyful equanimity. Recognizing selflessness is a large part of the buddhist journey; not easily accomplished but certainly possible. What is makes up our feeling of a self? What causes it to feel so real? What is there if there is no self? And how does a realization of selflessness lead to equanimity and freedom from suffering? Join us on Wednesday for a discussion of these questions and others in terms of the Buddhist path using teachings from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. And bring your own questions for discussion.
Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:30
A $5 to $10 donation is suggested. The sourcebook of teachings is available for $15 each.
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December 3: Working with Emotions
December 10: Love and Compassion
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche on Selflessness
From the Nalandabodhi Sourcebook: Karma, Rebirth, and Selflessness, © 2008 by Nalandabodhi
… in Buddhism, gaining certainty in the view of selflessness is very important and necessary. If we want to find an expert who can fix the problems we face with our emotions and ego-clinging, we will find that expert right within us. No one knows our emotions and ego-clinging better than ourselves; we are the most expert person in the world to understand our own emotions and to lay out the plan of how to work with them. It is from this point of view that we should envision the building of our own enlightenment and the achievement of inner freedom and calmness. We have to come to a realization of what reality is and how it manifests, as well as communicating the message of enlightenment between each individual’s heart. Such communication can only happen from our own heart.
Lama Tenpa Friday Evening Talks
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Analytical Meditation — Its Benefits and Methods
Lama Tenpa will be giving teachings on benefits and methods of analytical meditation. Analytical meditation is powerful meditation method for gaining experiential certainty of the nature of mind through using our conceptual and analytical mind. Analytical meditation always starts with basic shamatha meditation — a way of calming the mind and creating openness of mind and awareness. Then we engage our mind in exploring specific topics through our meditation.