Getting along with Buddha's mind: An evening of reflection and storytelling
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Getting along with Buddha's mind: An evening of reflection and storytelling

Please join Rigdzin for this special lecture offering by Sakya Monastery's Virupa Educational Institute.   All are welcome regardless of ability to donate (there is a requested donation of $20, for Monastery members $15)

Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall - 108 NW 83rd St Seattle, WA 98117

This spacious luminosity of mind is always present.  It never expires or unwinds, it never depreciates.

There is nothing to add or subtract--we simply need to learn how to get along with it, make friends with this nature of mind.  All encompassing wisdom and compassion illuminates from this Buddha mind, our ultimate mind.

We have temporarily obscured it with our attachment to all kinds of name and fame, pain and pleasure, and everyday habits of holding things as permanent.  Fortunately these mistaken views are also impermanent.  We can build a new path and everyday practice of walking with Buddha and reconciling with Buddha's mind.

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Dharma Talks Series: Reclaiming our love (part 3, at East West Bookshop)
Nov
17
12:30 PM12:30

Dharma Talks Series: Reclaiming our love (part 3, at East West Bookshop)

Please join Rigdzin as he leads East West Bookshop's Dharma Talk Series, in "Reclaiming Our Love: Eight Verses of Transforming the Mind."

The event has an entrance fee of $10, pre-registration is welcome.  Please visit the link below to sign up for the talk.                                                

East West Bookshop - 6500 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle WA 98105.

 

No outer enemy can take us to a hell realm; only our own ego, pride, jealousy, and anger can take us to such places. If we have a difficult supervisor or neighbor, we can change jobs or move out. The other enemy that always comes with us, sleeps with us, eats with us, even when we are happy they are right there with us -- that enemy is the most dangerous. Whether we are an agent or recipient of these unstable and powerful afflictions, their capacity for dealing out destruction and suffering is overwhelming.

Using the Tibetan Buddhist teaching Eight Verses of Training the Mind as a guide, we will discuss how to identify and locate the sources and effects of these harmful states. Rather than seeking to shut down or expel these energies, we will learn instead how to foster a mindful practice of becoming intimate with our inner enemies (the giving and receiving technique of tonglen will also be discussed). This practice will include the cultivation of loving-kindness and wisdom to support the health and balance of the most neglected parts of ourselves.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has described the Eight Verses of Training the Mind as the concentrated expression of the entire essence of Buddhist teachings. Each talk in this series will cover a different portion of the eight verses, while maintaining a broader outlook of the breadth and depth of the verses altogether

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Getting along with Buddha's mind: An evening of reflection and storytelling
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Getting along with Buddha's mind: An evening of reflection and storytelling

Vashon Intuitive Arts - 17331 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon, WA.

Donations are welcome.  Please call (206) 463-0025 with any questions.

This spacious luminosity of mind is always present.  It never expires or unwinds, it never depreciates.

There is nothing to add or subtract--we simply need to learn how to get along with it, make friends with this nature of mind.  All encompassing wisdom and compassion illuminates from this Buddha mind, our ultimate mind.

We have temporarily obscured it with our attachment to all kinds of name and fame, pain and pleasure, and everyday habits of holding things as permanent.  Fortunately these mistaken views are also impermanent.

We can walk along with Buddha's mind and build a new path,and establish an everyday practice of walking with Buddha, reconciling with Buddha's mind.

 

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Know yourself, love yourself: Practices to train the mind
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Know yourself, love yourself: Practices to train the mind

Please join Rigdzin for this special lecture offering by Sakya Monastery's Virupa Educational Institute.   All are welcome regardless of ability to donate (there is a requested donation of $20, for Monastery members $15)

Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall - 108 NW 83rd St Seattle, WA 98117

No outer enemy can take us to a hell realm; only our own ego, pride, jealousy, and anger can take us to such places. If we have a difficult supervisor or neighbor, we can change jobs or move out. The other enemy that always comes with us, sleeps with us, eats with us, even when we are happy they are right there with us -- that enemy is the most dangerous. Whether we are an agent or recipient of these unstable and powerful afflictions, their capacity for dealing out destruction and suffering is overwhelming.

Using the Tibetan Buddhist teaching Eight Verses of Training the Mind as a guide, we will discuss how to identify and locate the sources and effects of these harmful states. Rather than seeking to shut down or expel these energies, we will learn instead how to foster a mindful practice of becoming intimate with our inner enemies (the giving and receiving technique of tonglen will also be discussed). This practice will include the cultivation of loving-kindness and wisdom to support the health and balance of the most neglected parts of ourselves.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has described the Eight Verses of Training the Mind as the concentrated expression of the entire essence of Buddhist teachings. Each talk in this series will cover a different portion of the eight verses, while maintaining a broader outlook of the breadth and depth of the verses altogether.

 

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Dharma Talks Series: Reclaiming Our Love, part 2 (at East West Bookshop)
Oct
20
12:30 PM12:30

Dharma Talks Series: Reclaiming Our Love, part 2 (at East West Bookshop)

Please join Rigdzin as he leads East West Bookshop's Dharma Talk Series, in "Reclaiming Our Love: Eight Verses of Transforming the Mind."

The event has an entrance fee of $10, pre-registration is welcome.  Please visit the link below to sign up for the talk.                                                

East West Bookshop - 6500 Roosevelt Way NE Seattle WA 98105.

No outer enemy can take us to a hell realm; only our own ego, pride, jealousy, and anger can take us to such places. If we have a difficult supervisor or neighbor, we can change jobs or move out. The other enemy that always comes with us, sleeps with us, eats with us, even when we are happy they are right there with us -- that enemy is the most dangerous. Whether we are an agent or recipient of these unstable and powerful afflictions, their capacity for dealing out destruction and suffering is overwhelming.

Using the Tibetan Buddhist teaching Eight Verses of Training the Mind as a guide, we will discuss how to identify and locate the sources and effects of these harmful states. Rather than seeking to shut down or expel these energies, we will learn instead how to foster a mindful practice of becoming intimate with our inner enemies (the giving and receiving technique of tonglen will also be discussed). This practice will include the cultivation of loving-kindness and wisdom to support the health and balance of the most neglected parts of ourselves.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has described the Eight Verses of Training the Mind as the concentrated expression of the entire essence of Buddhist teachings. Each talk in this series will cover a different portion of the eight verses, while maintaining a broader outlook of the breadth and depth of the verses altogether.

 

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Nothing under the bridge: Learning to love through emptiness
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Nothing under the bridge: Learning to love through emptiness

$25 requested admission.

Wahe Guru Yoga - 7415 Greenwood Ave N Seattle WA 98103

 

 A person is not earth, nor water,

Not fire, nor wind, nor space.

Neither are they consciousness, nor all of them;

Yet apart from these, what person is there?

-"The Precious Garland of Advice"

Dwelling in a cocoon of ‘my friend,’ ‘my child,’ ‘my enemy,’ we shield ourselves from the truth of emptiness.  Yet becoming intimate with emptiness is the only way to truly realize the interdependency of all things and reach ultimate, unbiased love.

Taking this verse by 2nd century Indian philosopher Nagarjuna as inspiration, we will accept his invitation to look deeply into the freedom within ourselves, and in so doing awaken to the never-expiring luminosity of the world.

 

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The Radiant Possibilities of Mindfulness at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Radiant Possibilities of Mindfulness at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

Please join Rigdzin for this special lecture offering by Sakya Monastery's Virupa Educational Institute.   Everyone is welcome regardless of ability to donate (there is a requested donation of $20, for Monastery members $15)

Sakya Monastery Cultural Hall - 108 NW 83rd St Seattle, WA 98117

The aim of mindfulness is to build harmonious relations with our inner and outer worlds. Mindfulness is to be in the present moment, to be at ease and at peace with oneself. When our mind is disturbed, so will our body, speech and activities be distorted. Practicing mindfulness means to step into a primordial space that is always already there. It does not require any additional struggle or enhancement, nor does anything need to be taken away. This practice is different from the everyday meanings and traits we might associate it with, such as skillful manipulation of the truth, over-attentiveness to detail, or an insatiable urge for knowledge. 

This is not the kind of mindfulness we are interested in. Instead, we are seeking genuine peace within ourselves; a kind of effortless love and compassion that infuses our own being as well as radiates to all living beings. Like the sun which is always shining but whose rays are only visible to us when the clouds subside, we too have the ability to recognize the already present primordial nature of our minds. And just like the penetration of the sun’s heat, whose warmth naturally causes all forms of life to grow and thrive, the understanding of our own minds leads to true qualities of equanimity – selflessness, dignity, and fearlessness. 

 

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Translating for Lama Wangdu Rinpoche, Chöd master
Jul
20
to Jul 21

Translating for Lama Wangdu Rinpoche, Chöd master

Seattle On July 20th and 21st Rinpoche will give the empowerment for Jigme Lingpa's Bellowing Laugh of the Dakinis Chod, along with teachings on the practice and ritual instruments. On Sunday, Rinpoche has also offered to conduct the Refuge Ceremony before the Chod practice session.

In addition to receiving permission to practice Chod, retreatants will receive a copy of the text, Bellowing Laugh of the Dakinis, learn the Chod practice melodies sung by Chodpas since the time of Padampa Sangye and Machik Labdron, and receive instruction in the use of the ritual instruments.

Click here to view schedule and register for events.

Biography of Lama Wangdu. 

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Antidotes to Anger and dis-Harmonious Living: A talk on 8 Verses of Training the Mind
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Antidotes to Anger and dis-Harmonious Living: A talk on 8 Verses of Training the Mind

Samadhi Yoga - 1205 E Pike St #1B Seattle WA 98122

No outer enemy can take us to a hell realm; only our own ego, pride, jealousy, and anger can take us to such places.  If we have a difficult supervisor or neighbor, we can change jobs or move out.  The other enemy that always comes with us, sleeps with us, eats with us, even when we are happy they are right there with us — that enemy is the most dangerous.  Anger is one of the most unstable and powerful of these afflictions.  Whether we are its agent or recipient, its capacity for dealing out destruction and suffering is overwhelming.

Using the Tibetan Buddhist teaching Eight Verses of Training the Mind as a guide, we will discuss how to identify and locate the sources and effects of anger.  Rather than seeking to shut down or expel anger, we will learn instead how to foster a mindful practice of becoming intimate with anger.  The giving and receiving breath technique of tonglen will also be discussed.  This practice will include the cultivation of loving-kindness and wisdom to support the health and balance of the most neglected parts of ourselves.

“Anger comes quickly, and is available any time you want it.  It is patience that is difficult.”

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The Radiant Possibilities of Mindfulness: An evening of discussion and storytelling
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

The Radiant Possibilities of Mindfulness: An evening of discussion and storytelling

Wahe Guru Yoga - 7415 Greenwood Ave N Seattle WA 98103

The aim of mindfulness is to build harmonious relations with our inner and outer worlds.  Mindfulness is to be in the present moment, to be at ease and at peace with oneself. When our mind is disturbed, so will our body, speech and activities be distorted.  Practicing mindfulness means to step into a primordial space that is always already there.  It does not require any additional struggle or enhancement, nor does anything need to be taken away.

This practice is different from the everyday meanings and traits we might associate it with, such as skillful manipulation of the truth, over-attentiveness to detail, or an insatiable urge for knowledge.  This is not the kind of mindfulness we are interested in.  Instead, we are seeking genuine peace within ourselves; a kind of effortless love and compassion that infuses our own being as well as radiates to all living beings.  Like the sun which is always shining but whose rays are only visible to us when the clouds subside, we too have the ability to recognize the already present primordial nature of our minds.  And just like the penetration of the sun’s heat, whose warmth naturally causes all forms of life to grow and thrive, the understanding of our own minds leads to true qualities of equanimity – selflessness, dignity, and fearlessness.

20 April 2013, 6-8pm

 

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