An Introduction to Abhidharma
November 8 @ 7:00 pm – November 22 @ 9:00 pm
An Introduction to Abhidharma: principle teachings, meditations and practice
with Lama Mark Webber
in Vienna, Austria
— November 8 to 11th & 15th to 22nd, 2018 —
Please join Lama Mark in November 2018 for 12 days of teachings on Abhidhamma (Sanskrit, Abhidharma).
The Abhidhamma “Higher Laws” or “Higher Phenomena” is one of the three collections of the Buddha’s teachings. Abhidhamma is a profound study and series of meditative investigations into: mind and form; mental states; meditative concentration; realms of being; mental processes and cognition; stages of liberation; emptiness; interdependent origination; and the causality/emptiness teaching of the interdependence of all phenomena (paṭiccasamuppāda, & paṭṭhāna). The emphasis of this course will be on learning to use the Abhidhamma to unfold deeper wisdom understandings through reflection and meditation into the nature of self and phenomena. There will be less focus on Abhidhamma as a Buddhist philosophy and more focus on the entire scope of the Buddha’s teachings, especially the step by step process of unfolding insight wisdom. Lama Mark will give many explanations and examples from modern cognitive, neuroscience, life sciences, ecology, physics, chemistry and cosmology perspectives. Additionally, he will make connections to Bodhicitta and Vajrayana practices.
As the Abhidhamma is a contemplative framework of the Buddha’s entire teaching, during each class Lama Mark shows how the text is used for meditation and how it fits into meditation traditions and all of the Buddha’s teachings. Lama Mark often pauses to lead participants through examples of contemplation and meditation based on the specific themes or statements being taught.
Many of the South Asian retreat masters of the modern Vipassana movement had a deep grounding in Abhidhamma, including one of its 19th century founders, Ledi Sayadaw of Burma. Great Dzogchen and Mahamudra masters such as Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche studied Abhidhamma and wrote a treatise on it. Abhidhamma is a most compassionate study and practice for training in the wisdom level of causality and emptiness. And it gives some of the highest teachings and trainings in interconnectivity ever described.
The Course/Retreat Schedule:
Thursday Nov. 8: evening class @ 7pm. Overview of the Abhidharma tradition, teachings and meditations.
@ the Drikung Centre, Fleischmarkt 16, 1st floor in Vienna.
Friday to Sunday 9th-11th: 3 session per day—morning class at 9:30-11:30am, afternoon group discussion and review session at 3-4:30pm, evening class at 7pm-9pm.
@ Balance Lounge, Mayerhofgasse 7/41, Vienna
November 15 to 22nd: 3 session per day—morning class at 9:30-11:30am, group discussion and review session at 3-4:30pm, evening class at 7pm-9pm.
@ Rebhuhngasse 22, Traiskirchen
The principle text used will be: Bhikkhu Bodhi, transl. (2000), A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, a translation of the Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Manual of Abhidhamma), by Ācariya Anuruddha. Buddhist Publication Text Society. Please purchase the printed book. Supplementary handouts will be printed as needed. And please bring a note book.
There will be opportunities for interviews with the teacher.
To register and information on locations (to be determined), please contact Doris: firstname.lastname@example.org
By donation for the Lama’s teaching and generosity
Contribution towards expenses: 8th-11th: 140€ (120€ reduced), 15th to 22nd: 340€ (300€ reduced), both courses: 440€, single teachings: 25€, introductory course only (8th): 10€
Reductions and partial payments upon agreement –
No one attending will be turned away for lack of funds.