Turning the Mind to the Dharma - Introduction to Buddhism with Lama Zangmo
WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
Turning the Mind to the Dharma
Is a day of introduction to Buddhism through focusing on impermanence and the preciousness of our life, with time for questions and answers.
The point of meditating on the meaning of our precious human birth is so that we make use of it and that we don't waste it. A precious human life in the Buddhist sense has eight freedoms and ten fortunes that give us the opportunity to practice the Dharma.
Meditating on impermanence is something people need to do before they turn their minds to the Dharma, because it inspires and moves one to seek the Dharma.
Meditating on impermanence while practicing the Dharma increases followers’ ability to be diligent, and finally it enables practitioners to realize the Dharma fully.
Within the subject of impermanence, death is a special topic. We know that we will die, but we do not know what the conditions will be that will lead to our death, and when our time comes to pass away we are helpless to stop it.
By first meditating on gross impermanence, then seeing how impermanence is the way more and more subtle things arise and cease again, a diligent practitioner finally realizes the equal nature of all things.
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso, a great tibetan meditation teacher, said:
"If we have just a small run-in with impermanence, we get a small bit of renunciation, but if we have a big run-in with impermanence, we get big renunciation. That’s why impermanence is good – it’s a friend of Dharma. "
This day can be attended as a course on its own or as a part of a longer monthly Introduction to Buddhism series.
The other courses in this series are:
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