“There’s something of a rebellious streak in all of us. Usually it’s dormant, but sometimes it’s provoked into expression. If nurtured and guided with wisdom and compassion, it can be a positive force that frees us from fear and ignorance.”
— Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Rebel Buddha
Thursdays Feb. 6 through March 26 (no class Feb. 20)
We are launching a new Fresh Minds group, to discuss topics related to Buddhism including how to relate its practical tools to our everyday lives. This group is intended for individuals new to Buddhism who are looking to deepen their practical understanding of the teachings.
As an introduction we offer this series of Thursday classes focusing on the book Rebel Buddha, by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, which explores our culture, our struggles, and how Buddhist tools might support our everyday sanity.
In Rebel Buddha, Rinpoche guides us through the inner revolution that comes from unleashing your rebel buddha. He explains how, by training your mind and understanding your true nature, you can free yourself from needless suffering. He presents a thorough introduction to the essence of the Buddha’s teachings and argues that if we are to bring these teachings fully into our personal experience, we must go beyond the cultural trappings of traditional Asian Buddhism.
“We all want to find some meaningful truth about who we are,” he says, “but we can only find it guided by our own wisdom—by our own rebel buddha within.”