Renunciation, Devotion and Meditation - with Lama Zangmo
Start Date: 5 Oct 2017 End Date : 26 Oct 2017Every Thu every week, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
Anyone is welcome to attend this event!
Lama Zangmo will be explaing the famous prayer called the Dorje Chang Tungma which is chanted regularly before the Shinay meditation sessions here at Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is a teaching that deals with the power of supplicating the Lineage Masters and how one relies upon the Lineage that comes from Vajradhara down to one’s own Root Lama. The text presents the entire path of practice. It shows how someone at the beginning should practice, how they practice next, and what benefit will be achieved. In this way, the entire path of Mahamudra and its practices are explained in this short text.
Lama Zangmo will pay particular attention to the verses that deal with Renunication, Devotion and Meditation.
Renunciation means that we clearly look at how we are living our lives and what forces are driving it. The great insight of the Buddha was that normal life is pervaded by dukkha or suffering. His perception was that everything is in a state of perpetual change, that nothing lasts, and so holding onto things as if they are solid and permanent brings us nothing but dissatisfaction, unhappiness and pain. So what we renounce are our unhelpful and habitual ways of doing things because they cause suffering. Instead we try to live life in a more realistic and conscious way that will allow us to develop wisdom and compassion.
In the Kagyu Lineage devotion plays a very important role and is pivtoal in developing a teacher-student relationship with a Lama. Devotion is said to have two aspects: longing and respect. One longs to take on the same qualities of compassion and wisdom of the Lama and has complete respect in the Lama for possessing these qualites. Having these qualities the Lama is thus able to guide and help many beings. For anyone who is very keen to progress in their meditation devotion is essential as it helps us to open our minds to the qualities of the Buddhas and Lamas.
Meditation is accomplished through the development of mindfulness, which can be described as an ongoing awareness of what we perceive withouth judgement. By training in focusing this awareness stably in meditation we can give rise to a more peaceful mind.
- Lama Zangmo will go through the text over four weeks and there will also be time for meditation in each session.
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