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October 2017

Anuttara Puja. The Sevenfold Prayer as an Ideal Lifestyle

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In the first three chapters of his Bodhicaryavatara, Shantideva shows the eminence and the transcendence of the Mind of Awakening (Skt. Bodhicitta.) He shows us how to prepare the soil of our mind so that the seed of Bodhicitta could germinate. This preparation is described through the sevenfold prayer (Skt.Anuttara Puja). Homage Offering Exposing Rejoicing Seeking the presence of Dharma Seeking the presence of Awakened guides Sharing the wealth Let us explore all the terms of the transposition of this…

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Awakened Life

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An awakened life, like a garden, requires constant TLC. Gratitude and benevolence spring from the understanding of the interdependence of everything. It will give birth to the enlightened mind attitude (Skt.Bodhicitta). Mindfulness and awareness will be our precious tools. The cultivation of virtuous activity and healthy life style will become self-evidence. The weed of ego-cherishing habits will have to be regularly uprooted. What a pleasure to share the bountiful crop with all beings!

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Anuttara Puja. The Sevenfold Prayer as an Ideal Lifestyle

October 7 @ 9:30 am - October 8 @ 4:30 pm
Bodhi Path Santa Barbara, 102 West Mission
Santa Barbara, 93101 United States
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In the first three chapters of his Bodhicaryavatara, Shantideva shows the eminence and the transcendence of the Mind of Awakening (Skt. Bodhicitta). He shows us how to prepare the soil of our mind so that the seed of Bodhicitta could germinate. Bodhicitta, is initiating the aspiration and determination to become awakened. In brief, this bodhicitta Should be understood to have two aspects: The mind that aspires to enlightenment, And (the mind) that enters into (the conduct of) enlightenment. Just as…

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Licking Honey on the Razor Blade

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The hazardous adventures of fearless compassionate wisdom in a world of change. Embrace this time and culture and turn it into enlightening art. We are faced with chaos in unknown uncharted territories, a time of crisis. People lose the things that define them. When you are riding the tsunami of life on the surfboard of sanity the obstacles are hesitation and spiritual materialism. Wisdom and compassion, as the core of Buddhist teaching, remain the sole refuge and reliable tools of…

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A Project for an Awakened Life. The Condensed Practice of Mind Training with the Five Forces

October 14 - October 15

  Promise very firmly to adhere to enlightened mind attitude (Skt.Bodhicitta) until awakening. Practice Bodhicitta on any occasion. Since the biggest obstacle to Bodhicitta is selfish grasping, as soon as you encounter it, recognize it and fight it until relinquishing. Pray for success in developing Bodhicitta, and consider and ponder over the suffering of others to develop compassion: thus, compassion will appear automatically. Neutralize the influence of the ego and develop the Bodhicitta.   Train in the five forces The…

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A Project for an Awakened Life. The Condensed Practice of Mind Training with the Five Forces

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bodhi Path Pasadena, Pasadena Senior Center (Security guard will greet you) 85 E. Holly Street
Pasadena, CA 91103 United States
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Promise very firmly to adhere to enlightened mind attitude (Skt.Bodhicitta) until awakening. Practice Bodhicitta on any occasion. Since the biggest obstacle to Bodhicitta is selfish grasping, as soon as you encounter it, recognize it and fight it until relinquishing. Pray for success in developing Bodhicitta, and consider and ponder over the suffering of others to develop compassion: thus, compassion will appear automatically. Neutralize the influence of the ego and develop the Bodhicitta.   Train in the five forces The five…

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November 2017

Autumn Meditation Retreat

November 1 @ 9:00 am - November 5 @ 12:00 pm
Bodhi Path Natural Bridge, 12 Bodhi Path
Natural Bridge, VA 24578 United States
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Clarifying the Natural State Text by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (1511-87). Essential instructions on mind's nature and silent meditative discovery of it

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Compassionate Wisdom in a World of Change. Engaged Buddhism as a necessary companion to sitting practice.

November 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
West Tisbury Library, 1042 State Rd.
West Tisbury, MA 02568 United States
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We are faced with chaos in unknown uncharted territories, a time of crisis. People lose the things that define them. When you are riding the tsunami of life on the surfboard of sanity the obstacles are hesitation and spiritual materialism. Wisdom and Compassion, as the core of Buddhist teaching, remain the sole refuge and reliable tools of liberation. If you have compassion, attentiveness, dedication, you can do it. It is not a time for faint or undecided hearts. You have…

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Samatha and Vipashyana in the Mahamudra Perspective, Part 1

November 11 - November 12
Bodhi Path Martha’s Vineyard, 21 Laurand Drive
West Tisbury, MA 02568 United States
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As the teachings about meditation from different Buddhist traditions become accessible in our society, as well as the different adaptations of the now trendy mindfulness practices, confusion grows about what the terms samatha and vipashyana truly cover. Although stillness of mind or the state of nonthought generally is samatha, vipashyana does not depend exclusively upon this state of stillness. Let us explore, and put into practice, the meaning of these two terms and their related meditations in the perspective of…

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Samatha and Vipashyana in the Mahamudra Perspective, Part 2

November 18 - November 19
Bodhi Path Martha’s Vineyard, 21 Laurand Drive
West Tisbury, MA 02568 United States
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As the teachings about meditation from different Buddhist traditions become accessible in our society, as well as the different adaptations of the now trendy mindfulness practices, confusion grows about what the terms samatha and vipashyana truly cover. Although stillness of mind or the state of nonthought generally is samatha, vipashyana does not depend exclusively upon this state of stillness. Let us explore, and put into practice, the meaning of these two terms and their related meditations in the perspective of…

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