Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion - with Lama Zangmo
WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
Anyone is welcome to attend this event!
We need to practice the Dharma with a recognition that loving kindness, compassion and wisdom are how we can overcome suffering, how we can benefit ourselves and others.
At the moment we have compassion and some degree of kindness but it is very partial, limited and conditional. It only goes to a few people who are close to us. We find it very hard to love those who are not kind to us, who don’t benefit us in some way or other. We need to cultivate the pure motivation of bodhicitta, wanting to reach enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
Bodhicitta is compared to a philosophers stone. It is said that when it touches any other substance it can change that substance into pure gold. In the same way the pure motivation of bodhicitta can transform suffering and negative experiences of beings into great happiness.
Lama Zangmo will go through the different aspects of bodhicitta, loving kindness and compassion and how to cultivate a pure motivation. The day will include instructions and time for meditation on loving kindness and compassion.
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly Introduction to Buddhism series which comprises 5 one day teachings:
- Introduction to Buddhism - 8th February
- The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma - 7th March
- Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path - 11th April
- The Spiritual Friend - 9th May
- Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion - 13th June
Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.
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