Buddhist Studies - Workshops



DHS418 Meeting Longchenpa

Longchen Rabjam, or Longchenpa, is the foremost master of the Nyingma lineage. Each year the Nyingma community celebrates his life with an extended chanting ceremony. In preparation for this beautiful ceremony, Nyingma Institute instructor, Mark Henderson, will introduce Longchenpa's life and teachings and lead selected readings from Longchenpa's writings. Meditation practice and special prayers to Longchenpa will be interspersed with readings from Kindly Bent to Ease Us, Now that I Come to Die, and other important texts. 



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Henderson 2/1 - 2/1 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:45 PM $80.00 View

DHS419 Kamalashila and the Stages of Meditation

Kamalashila accompanied Santaraksita to Tibet in the 8th century at the request of King Tri-song Detsen. He played an important role in establishing Buddhism in Tibet and was the principal defender of the Indian gradual way of enlightenment over the Chan method of sudden enlightenment. In a great debate at Samye monastery c. 793, Kamalashila bettered his opponent, who advocated a direct awakening of mind through meditation, by arguing for a gradual path that required training in the whole field of Buddhist study. Kamalashila thereby established the Indian tradition of study and practice in Tibet and the gradual path of development. In this workshop we will examine a principal writing of Kamalashila on the stages of meditation, the Bhavanakrama. Lecture, practice, and discussion will bring this key text in Tibetan history to life.



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Henderson 3/21 - 3/21 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:45 PM $80.00 View

DHS423 Vajrasattva Purification Workshop

Through mantra, prayer, and visualization we call on Vajrasattva to purify defilements of the mind and cleanse our karma, including the accumulated baggage, patterns, and obscurations that prevent us from seeing clearly. 

All beings carry some negative karma that may present obstacles to the accumulation of merit and wisdom. This workshop will focus on the invocation of Vajrasattva as a powerful means of purification of the negativity of body, speech and mind. The practice of the Four Reliances and prayers, mantras and visualizations related to Vajrasattva offer a process of deep purification of both gross and subtle imprints of the history we carry within mind. As karmic bonds loosen in the brilliant light of bodhicitta, mind experiences ease and renewed vigor to continue the path of liberation.



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Palzang 3/28 - 3/28 Sa 10:00 AM - 04:45 PM $80.00 View