For the sake of all sentient beings, who are limitless in number as space is limitless in extent, I will exert myself in listening to, reflecting on, and meditating upon the excellent dharma.
— Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
In contemplative meditation, we use the stability of mind developed in basic meditation to investigate directly the nature of our experience. The Buddha taught that the root cause of our unhappiness is a basic misperception of reality. Through contemplation, we can see through this misperception and free ourselves from painful. habitual patterns of thought and emotion. Using the book Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche as a foundation, each class will include experiential exercises, guided meditation and discussion.
Prerequisite: At least six months of daily shamatha meditation practice or the equivalent.
Strongly encouraged: Completion of Hinayana Study courses, Hinayana 201 and 202.
Recommended: Concurrent or previous enrollment in Mahayana Study courses.
Required materials: Updated 2016 edition of Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness.
Instructor: Karen Wallace, Nalandabodhi Seattle practice director, senior practice instructor and long-time student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
Suggested donation: $30; Scholarships are available.