Basic Buddhist Meditation with Daphne Marlatt
Mindfulness has become a by-word in popular self-help culture but what is the actual Buddhist approach to mindfulness? This course will look at what the Buddha actually taught about the practice of mindfulness and how this practice can liberate our minds from the subconscious stream of our reactive and often negative thoughts. We will learn how to practice Sati or bare awareness and Satipathana, attention or observation while looking at our body, feelings, state of mind, and mental contents. Practice is key for this course and much of the class will be given over to practicing. There will also be time for discussion of our various experiences while practicing.
Daphne Marlatt has studied Vajrayana Buddhism since the 1980s under the guidance of Zasep Tulku Rinpoche at Zuru Ling. She has undertaken numerous retreats both at Rinpoche’s Gaden Tashi Choling retreat centre in Nelson B.C., as well as elsewhere, including a week-long Insight Meditation with Steve Armstrong on Vancouver Island in 2017. As a practicing poet, she understands how language can nudge one’s awareness toward the wordless.
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment: Lamrim Buddhist Course
With Antoine Coulombe at Zuru Ling, Vancouver
In this course, we will study the different topics presented in Lamrim and discuss how these topics apply to our meditation practice and daily lives.
“[…] the Lamp for Path to Enlightenment is comprehensive and fundamental. Since it teaches by drawing together the key points of both the sutra and mantra vehicles, its subject matter is comprehensive; since it emphasizes the stages of disciplining the mind, it is easy to put into practice; and since it is adorned with the instructions of two gurus who were skilled in the systems of the two trailblazers, it is superior to the systems.” Excerpt From “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” by Tsongkhapa
Class 4- Saturday January 18 from 1 pm-4 pm
Class 5 -Saturday February 1 from 1 pm-4 pm
All are welcome, suggested donation: 15$ for members. / $20 for non-members
About the teacher: Antoine has been studying Tibetan Buddhism for over 20 years under the guidance of qualified spiritual guides from the Geluck lineage and has completed multiple retreats, including a three-month silent retreat. In his teachings, he enjoys discussing how Buddhist wisdom can help us in our daily lives maintain a peaceful and joyful mind.
Guru Puja Tsog
The tsog offering is very important for renewing commitments and averting obstacles. It is a special method through which we come under the care and guidance of the Dakas and Dakinis who bestow realizations. Our wealth, merit, and great bliss will increase through this practice. It is especially important for practitioners of Highest Yoga Tantra and equally important for those that aspire to practice Tantra. The tsog offering is also a great opportunity for community to come together and enjoy this wonderful practice and also to share in the offering food.