December 4-10, 2017

Posted on December 5th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma Friends,

 
Tuesday 12/5 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas.
 
Sunday 12/10
  • 9 AM- 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata meditation (calm abiding) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 video teaching by the 17th Karmapa “Ground, Path and Fruition”, Part 2
Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  In this liturgy we meditate on Chenrezig and recite his mantra, both of which helps us develop compassion for all living beings.  It is taught that without compassion for others, enlightenment is impossible. Thus the Chenrezig sadhana is central to our practice.
 
We practice shamata meditation to overcome mental wandering, distraction and inattention and to develop stability and a sharp, focused mind.  We practice tonglen as a way to develop love and compassion for others.  In tonglen (sending and receiving meditation) we seek to take upon ourselves the difficulties and sufferings of all living beings and send them our happiness and virtue.
Upcoming Special Event !!! January 6&7, 2018
 The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva 
This text gives the most concise presentation of the bodhisattva path.  
 
Guest Teacher:  Lama Lodro Lhamo 
 
 Lama Lodro is the women’s retreat master at Karme Ling in Delhi, NY. and has a Master’s degree in Buddhist studies from Columbia University.  She has been a student of Khenpo Khartar Rinpoche since 1990.  She completed three 3-year retreats at Karme Ling and received her full bhikshuni ordination in 2008.
Wishing you peace and happiness,
 
Yours in the Dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan