Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Talks and Guided Meditations on The Three Principal Aspects of the Path
Followed by optional Zoom discussion 5 minutes after class (details below)
$15 per class, free for supporting members
Based on The Mirror of Dharma
“But even though you may be acquainted with renunciation and bodhichitta,
If you do not posses the wisdom realizing the way things are,
You will not be able to cut the root of samsara;
Therefore strive in the means for realizing dependent relationship.”
The Three Principal Aspects of the Path is a legendary brief poem composed 600 years ago by the extraordinary Spiritual Guide and founder of the New Kadampa lineage, Je Tsongkhapa. In merely 15 verses, Je Tsongkhapa distills the vastness of the Buddhist stages of the path to Enlightenment to three essential realizations. Gaining experience of these three, renunciation, bodhichitta, and the wisdom realizing emptiness, will give us the psychological and spiritual tools we need to confidently and joyfully transform every aspect of our life into our spiritual path.
Kadam Morten will take us on a spiritual journey step by step through the development of each of these three minds, based on the commentary by his Spiritual Guide, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche in his most recent book, The Mirror of Dharma (with Additions), which includes an all-new and startlingly clear translation. Geshe Kelsang’s commentary is an oral instruction arising from his realization and takes us deep into both the profundity and practicality of Je Tsongkhapa’s teachings.
Through talks and guided meditations will take us into the heart of these teachings so that we can gain practical experience of these revolutionizing insights for ourselves. This is the perfect follow-on from the previous series, but also an excellent starting point for those less familiar with Buddhist practice.
The emphasis this month is on the first aspect, renunciation, in which we will learn how to live a happy and creative life, that day by day draws us closer to the actualization of our potential for lasting happiness and perfect freedom from suffering.
June 3: Freedom from Dissatisfaction
June 10: Transforming Fear into Energy
June 17: Liberated and Fearless Mind
June 24: The Inner Freedom of Renunciation
FREE POST-CLASS ZOOM DISCUSSION
How to Transform Your Meditations into Realizations
How to Make Your Meditations More Powerful and Joyful
How is your meditation practice going?
Are you more peaceful and calm ... or are you still quite distracted and stressed? Do you feel that your qualities such as authentic patience, love and compassion are steadily improving? Or do you feel like you are treading water, maybe even feeling a bit stuck in your practice and discouraged?
Buddhist meditation is the most powerful tool in the universe for bringing about profound and lasting change in our hearts. It has produced countless realized beings in the past and can continue to do so in the present. But do you feel that that is possible for you?
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche has revealed in his books a special way to transform our meditations into authentic and lasting realizations of love, compassion and wisdom. A realization is much more than just improved knowledge. It is when a topic such as compassion or wisdom has become so integrated into our being that it remains with us as a permanent change of experience and attitude. If we wish for lasting happiness then we need to gain realizations of our wonderful and profound Dharma topics.
The special way to transform our meditation into realization is known as the five forces, which Venerable Geshe-la calls 'the essence of all Dharmas.' These five are not five new things to learn, but rather a special way to make our practice more powerful, energized, skillful and joyful so that it naturally gives us the results we long for.
In this pre-recorded Thursday series, Kadam Morten will guide us in how we can integrate these five forces into our own daily practice. Some of the classes in this series will also be live review sessions taught by senior KMC NYC students, where there will be the opportunity for Q&A. By the end of the summer you'll be equipped with all the tools you need to get more out of your practice by making your meditations more powerful and joyful.
July 8: Week 1 with Kadam Morten
July 15: Week 2 with Kadam Morten
July 22: Week 3 with Kadam Morten
July 29: Week 4 with Kadam Morten
August 5: Review session, live with Adrienne Weiss
August 12: Review session, live with Guest Teacher
August 19: Review session, iive with Natalia Darialova
August 26: Week 5 with Kadam Morten
September 2: Week 6 with Kadam Morten
September 9: Review session, live with Tim Cockey
Our general program classes include Dharma teachings along with guided meditations
Each class is self-contained and is also presented as part of a series over 5-6 weeks. Drop into any class you like
These classes are suitable for both beginners and more advanced meditation practitioners
No special clothing is required
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