The Root Verses on the Six Bardos with Lama Zangmo - from 2nd March
WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
The Root Verses on the Six Bardos -
Lama Zangmo will go through this text by Karma Lingpa with teachings on impermanence, death and dying and on the intermediate states called Bardos, with a focus on putting the teachings into effective practice during this life. A copy of the text will be provided at the beginning of the course.
Karma Lingpa (1326–1386), who composed this short text on the Bardos, was born in southeast Tibet as the son of a great Vajrayana practitioner. At an early age Karma Lingpa engaged in esoteric practices and showed great signs of accomplishment.
When he was fifteen years old, he discovered several terma texts on top of Mount Gampodar, including a collection of teachings entitled "Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones", which include the Bardo Thodrol, the so-called "Tibetan Book of the Dead".
According to Chogyam Trungpa, Karma Lingpa was a Nyingma teacher, but all of his students belonged to the Kagyu school. His teachings were transmitted in the Surmang monasteries of the Trungpa-lineage, and from there also spread to the Nyingma school.
Requirements for attendance:
This course is not for complete beginners to Buddhism. In order for the course to be of the most benefit, those attending are required to have taken refuge, or at the very least have the intention to take refuge when the next opportunity arises. With that understanding, anyone with some previous knowledge of Buddhism who wishes to learn more is welcome to attend.
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