Calm-Abiding Practice Weekend
Lama Kunzang Drolma
November 9 - 12
Shamatha, or “calm-abiding” practice, is foundational to all the practice traditions of Buddhism. Although the methods used to calm the mind may differ among schools, it is generally accepted that we must gain stable peace in our meditation practice before uprooting the foundational causes of our suffering.
In one of her many teachings, Jetson Khandro Rinpoche said that shamatha meditation engenders the Four Buddha Activities. When we practice shamatha we pacify the endless chatter of our discursive mind. This leads to the enriching of our experience as we move our awareness into the present moment. In this enriched experience we are able to see the many opportunities to practice the Dharma we are presented with on a daily basis, and thus magnetize what we need to progress along the path. As we progress along the path our afflictive reactive patterns are subjugated.
This cycle of spirals back upon itself and the momentum of our practice increases day-by-day. When shamatha is eventually combined with the practice of vipashyana, or “special insight,” we can attain liberation from our deep habitual tendencies.
Please join us for three days of shamatha meditation with Lama Kunzang. We will sit in 30-45 minute meditation sessions, interspersed with walking meditation practices. We will also engage in formal contemplations of the Four Noble Truths, the Four Mind Turnings and the Four Immeasurables. Evening practice will include discussions and instructions.
Practitioners of all experience levels are welcome.
About the Teacher
Lama Kunzang received her monastic vows from Tai Situ Rinpoche in 1998, and in 2009 completed a traditional three-year retreat in the Shangpa Kagyü tradition under the guidance of Lama Lodru Rinpoche. She has received teachings from a number of eminent Lamas, including Tai Situ Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, and Khenchen… more »