A Profound Bodhicitta Transmission
Overcoming all Obstacles
October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – October 28, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
A Profound Bodhicitta Transmission:
Overcoming all Obstacles
with Lama Mark Webber
— October 26, 27, 28, 2018 —
Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of Bodhicitta and Emptiness. These teachings are open to all.
Friday October 26th, 7:00 pm – Teachings and guidance on recognizing Emptiness
The Friday evening session will include classic teachings, explanations, and meditations on the nature of Emptiness. Lama Mark will give guidance on this essential aspect of all Buddhist teachings and meditations. A study guide written by Lama Mark, called Approaching Emptiness will be available. This is an important preparation for the rest of the weekend classes.
A Profound Bodhicitta Transmission and commentary
Saturday October 27th: 9:30 – 11:00 am & 7:00 – 9 pm
Sunday October 28th: 9:30 – 11:00 am & 7:00 – 9 pm
How do we overcome all obstacles? Great Buddhist masters have answered: ‘through the profound reflections and meditations on Bodhicitta.’ Bodhicitta is the search for primordial wisdom, the enlightenment mind. Bodhicitta is infinitely vast and astounding in its manifestations and its radiance of great love. Yet, it has the singular nature of the complete wisdom mind. Over four sessions Lama Mark will give a reading transmission of and step-by-step commentary on Khunu Gyaltsen Rinpoche’s 1959 text, The Jewel Lamp , 356 verses illuminating Bodhicitta.
Please purchase a copy of this book for the weekend.
Khunu Rinpoche, “Vast as The Heavens and Deep as the Sea, verses in praise of bodhicitta”. Wisdom. Boston. 1999. https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&fieldkeywords=Vast+as+The+Heavens+and+Deep+as+the+Sea&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AVast+as+The+Heavens+and+Deep+as+the+Sea
There will be opportunities for interviews with the teacher.
To register please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 36 Vanson Ave. *Please plan to arrive & be settled at least 5 minutes before scheduled class time.*
Cost: Suggested donation for a class is $20 – $30, or more or less, as you can afford. Traditionally in the East, and at our dharma classes in Ottawa, there are no course fees for teachings. Dharma is offered freely. However, traditionally, dharma students offer dana (donation or generosity) in return for teachings. It is this unique cycle of mutual respectful dependence that has kept the Dharma thriving for close to 2600 years. Each time we receive teachings, it is an opportunity to consciously practice dana, which translates into English as “generosity.” Since the teachings are priceless, one determines the kind and amount of dana according to one’s heart. Let your donations reflect not only what you can afford but also the effort, hard work and years of dedication that have been spent in order that you might receive the great benefit of these teachings. A dana bowl for direct contributions to the teacher will be present at all talks and the dana contributed to that bowl goes directly to the teacher.
At the Teachings there will be second bowl out for your dana to support Crystal Staff’s aspiration to provide financial help with visiting teachers’ travel and accommodations. Your dana to the second bowl supports your dharma community’s ability to bring Teachers to Ottawa.
Lama Mark (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for over forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. More recently under the guidance and request of Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been teaching principally the richness of the Drikung Mahamudra and Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen traditions. Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism. His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.