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Bodhicitta, Refuge and Vajrasattva, Christchurch, NZ
March 17 – March 19 UTC-8
Bodhicitta, the Awakening Mind
Nature of Refuge and following a Spiritual Guide
Vajrasattva Meditation and the Four Powers
With Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen (Lama Mark Webber)
Friday March 17th (7-9 pm)
On Bodhicitta, the Awakening Mind.
Bodhicitta is the heart of all Mahayana and Vajrayana practices. Bodhicitta is the Mahamudra and Dzogchen. As the unity of compassion and emptiness it is the body, speech and mind of awakened ones. Lama Webber will give a practical orientation to this profound topic using readings from Je Gampopa’s famous classic text called the Jewel Ornament of Liberation.
Saturday March 18th (9:30am – 11am and 2:30pm – 4:30pm)
The Nature of Refuge and following a Spiritual Guide.
Throughout our lives we take refuge, guidance, training and security in all manner of people, institutions, ideas and things. However, for liberation and bodhicitta we require a series of different refuges, ones that have always worked to bring forth liberation. What are these? Why have they been relied on for thousands of years? Why are they so important?
Sunday March 19th (9:30am – 11am and 2:30pm – 4:30pm)
Vajrasattva and the Four Powers.
Practical guidance on the meditation of Vajrasattva, ‘the adamantine heroic being’. It is an essential meditation practice within the Buddhist Vajrayana path. The Vajrasattva practice is
a supremely helpful purification method for practitioners of all levels. Included in the practice are the Four Powers that clear away mountains of obstacles, unfortunate habit patterns and the repairing of commitments and vows. Vajrasattva practice allows all form and formless types of meditations and contemplations to unfold deeply and smoothly.
Instructions and advice for both beginners and experienced practitioners, and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
Christchurch Buddhist Centre 43 Harrow Street, Phillipstown (behind the main house)
$10 per class plus dana/koha for Lama Mark
To Kathleen: 027 363 2833
Lama Mark Webber has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for over forty-five years. He 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.