Tuesdays, 11:15 - 12:45pm
Guide to Great Joy
Followed by optional Zoom discussion 5 minutes after class (details below)
$15 per class, free for supporting members
Please note: Tuesday morning GP is a replay of the Monday evening GP class
In the next chapter in our ongoing series, The Bliss of Tantra, we explore the importance of the spiritual teacher/guide. In general, to learn any new skill we need a teacher. And if we are to travel across unfamiliar terrain we need a guide. In Buddha’s tantric teachings, developing a strong and mature relationship with a qualified spiritual guide is essential to traveling this profound and creative quick path to enlightenment. The practice of relying skillfully upon the spiritual guide is often misunderstood – and oftentimes even rejected – in modern society. The fact is that this practice, known as guru yoga, is essential.
In this series, Kadam Morten will explain and guide meditations on this profound practice, helping us overcome misperceptions about it, and instead develop a deep appreciation. We will come to see that guru yoga is as joyful, creative, and empowering as all the other practices we have been learning about, and that gaining familiarity with this practice will greatly enhance not just our formal meditation practice, but our whole life.
November 24: Why We Need a Guide
December 1: How to Develop Trust
December 8: The Value of a True Spiritual Friend
December 15: The Joy of Guru Yoga
December 22: Sowing Seeds in the Field of Good Fortune
December 29: A Vision of a Joyful World for the New Year
January 5: Empowering our Spiritual Path
The Bliss of Tantra
Buddha’s Tantric teachings, known as Vajrayana Mahamudra, express his highest and ultimate understanding. According to this view, which is Buddha’s direct experience, everything is the union of bliss and emptiness. What does that mean? It means that the heart of reality is joyful and limitless. This is obviously far removed from our current ordinary experience of our life, which is characterized by problems and disappointments.
Through talks and guided meditations, this course will demonstrate the practical applicability of Buddha’s sublime tantric teachings and practices to our daily life. We will come to understand that experiencing our world in this profoundly joyful and liberating way is the key to a truly happy and meaningful life. Kadam Morten will show how to practice these teachings according to our own level of experience, so that those of us already engaged in tantric meditation, as well as those who are just beginning the journey, and everyone in between, will be helped and inspired.
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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