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Tibetan Meditation at The Buddhist Society
Thu 30 March 2017, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Thursday evenings at 6.30pm
Open to members of the public
This class is led by Roy Sutherwood who is a senior student of Geshi Tashi of Jamyang Buddhist Centre. The class begins with a meditation, followed by the presentation and discussion of a philosophical topic. For the current 2017 session the class is exploring the traditional Tibetan teachings on the sutra mahamudra.
Meditation on the nature of the mind 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 that will be presented in this course, 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 focus on the ultimate nature of the mind, its lack of inherent existence, and thereby comes to a much deeper experience, which is 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 result of the practices to be learned and engaged in during this course. It finally leads to nirvana - the cessation of suffering and its causes.
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.
This class is usually on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm
This class is open to members of the public