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teachings & practice in meditation & Buddhism.
Last month’s Day Retreat with Lama Wangmo was extraordinary. We’re so fortunate to be able to invite such a teacher. Thanks, Wangmo!
She continued with our discussions on the Satipatthana Sutra from a Vajrayana perspective. She reviewed mindfulness (or awareness) of the body, of feelings and of mind states, than discussed mindfulness of phenomena.
Developing from our discussions of the Satipatthana Sutra, we’re going to explore mindfulness and how mindfulness moves to insight.
We firstly bing our minds to settle in a state of calm awareness. This is called calmly abiding (samatha) meditation. Mastering this naturally leads to experientially understanding what happens. We gradually gain deeper insight in the relationship between the observation and that which is being observed. This challenges our previous assumptions. This is called insight (vipasyana) meditation.
The some of the latest results from Neuroscience seem to resonate with our practice experience and also with the Buddhist teachings. We will look at some of those results and explore how understanding some of the ideas coming out of neuroscience might inform, deepen and even broaden our
view that we bring to the practice.
Beginners are welcome!
Lama Karma Wangmo first met His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa in the year 2000, just a few months after his arrival to India. Since then she has been studying and practicing Buddhism under the guidance of His Eminence, Tai Situpa, from whom she also received ordination in 2006.
She completed the traditional three year and three month meditation retreat under the guidance of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Sikkim.
After the retreat, Tai Situpa appointed her as the resident Lama of the Palpung Yeshe Chöling Dharma Center in Slovenia.
Bodhicharya London is under the guidance of Ringu Tulku. We have been doing stimulating monthly day retreats at the Helios Centre for some time now.
We do a number of meditation sessions interspersed with the discussions and breaks for lunch, tea and biscuits. By the end of the day, we will have done about three hours of meditation in total. Beginners are very welcome.
HELIOS, 116 Judd Street WC1H 9NS, near St. Pancras Station; map
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The suggested voluntary donation is £20 for the day and the venue. If you can’t afford it, you can give a smaller amount (just mention this to the group guide). We have two optional additional collections. One collection is for either Ringu Tulku or the Rigul Trust, and one for the retreat guide.
We usually have lunch nearby for about £6, if you would like to join us.
We are saving money for future projects (for example our visiting teachers), so if you give more, it helps us fund these. You can also become a member, or make an additional donation on the the day or direct to our bank account.
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