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Tibetan Meditation at The Buddhist Society

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Free online classes through Zoom - Thursday 6.30pm

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Free online classes through Zoom

Thursdays at 6:30pm in term time

Meeting ID: 268 852 436

Password: 895332

This class is usually on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm

The class begins with a meditation, followed by the presentation and discussion of a philosophical topic from a text. This year the class is focusing on Natural Liberation: Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos, commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, translated by B. Alan Wallace.

For Buddhists, Enlightenment is not some vague esoteric idea but a precise and attainable goal and success in the achievement of it, like success in any venture, depends upon following the steps laid out by those who have already attained it. These teachings will be presented, discussed and meditated upon in the traditional sequence, as methods for investigating and transforming one's attitudes, developing positive qualities and striving to realise Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings.

The meditation is on the nature of the mind. This is practised in all Buddhist traditions, including Theravada, Zen and particularly in Tibetan Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

The nature of mind has certain unique properties as an object of meditation. The mind is doing the meditation, and it meditates on its own nature, to the point of experiencing that nature like water poured into water. In other words, this is a special practice for achieving non-duality of subject and object.

In the meditation on the nature of mind in the Tibetan tradition presented in these classes, one first practices calm abiding meditation on the conventional nature of the mind. This means concentrating single-pointedly on clarity and awareness. It's a bit like a mirror becoming self-conscious.

Based on that, one uses the stable mind thus developed, to develop insight into the ultimate nature of the mind, its lack of inherent existence, and thereby come to a much deeper experience of the groundlessness of one's being. The mirror recognises its own emptiness.

There are methods taught for unifying these two stages of the meditation. This union of calm abiding and penetrative insight is the goal of the practices to be learned and engaged in during these classes. It finally leads to nirvana - the cessation of suffering and its causes.

This course will be led by Roy Sutherwood, a former Director of Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London and a recognised foundation level teacher for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Roy is a senior student of Geshe Tashi Tsering, currently Abbot of Sera Mey Monastic University, Karnataka, India and has studied under masters of Buddhist philosophy and meditation for many years. He also teaches on the Society's Introduction to Buddhism course, the Gateway to the Vajrayana course and on Mahayana Buddhist topics at the Society's annual Summer School.

This class is usually on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm

These classes are free and open to non-members but students are encouraged to join The Society as members to support our wonderful free classes and courses and donations very welcome.

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