Online: What’s Real? Intro to Buddhism
SCHEDULE Based on Bhutan
3:30 PM Septemer 18
2:30 PM October 2
2:30 PM October 9
2:30 PM October 16
2:30 PM October 23
2:30 PM October 30th
ABOUT THE 6-Week COURSE
What is real? What does really matter in life? How can we deal with the many ups and downs that we face? In this 6-week-course, Rinpoche will encourage us to look deeper into the very nature of our experience for developing insight into what is truly meaningful in life.
Although the sheer extensiveness and profundity of the Buddhist teachings may easily overwhelm a newcomer, Rinpoche teaches it in a way that is suitable for everyone. With his simplicity and directness, he invites us to focus upon the essence of the teachings and, from that, to step by step expand our understanding further.
INTRODUCTION TO THIS COURSE
Can we live our lives without any problem whatsoever? The answer is no. Unfortunately, this is not possible. Is there then any solution for this limitation? Yes, and the solution is very surprising: it has to do with the fact that actually there is nothing ‘real’. All of what we think is ‘reality’ is not reality at all. There is no ‘real reality’, neither for me nor for you. And yes, we all have a lot of fixations and neurosis which we think are real. Worse than that, we wrongly think we are actually very sophisticated.
There is no real reality, but we create many temporary realities. In order to get more clarity regarding those, we call them ‘relative reality’. Until we do not break our fixations and bring clarity to our minds, we are not free from anything at all. In this course we will learn how to free ourselves. It is indeed a gradual process, we need to remove our veils of obscurations layer by layer.
SUMMARY OF THE CLASSES:
1 – Schrödinger’s Cat – Deceptive Appearances: why and how do things appear?
2 – The Mind Makes the Difference – Attitudes, perspectives and emotions: how to make them useful?
3 – Interconnected Realities – Understanding the connection between all of our life experiences: how to manage them well? What does interdependent relationship mean?
4 – The Power of Clarity and Decision – With clarity in what to rely on, we can learn to take every situation as an opportunity
5 – Body & Mind Relationship – Looking in detail at the body and mind relationship: how to make our own minds much more pure and powerful, so that even our bodies rejuvenate?
6 – Death: The Greatest Magic Trick of All Time – The so-called death is actually an unusual opportunity to break through our relative reality. How to understand that we actually never die and how to take it as an opportunity?
HOW DO I ACCESS THE COURSE?
After you register prior to the online course, you will be sent an email containing all of the information to log into learn.dzokden.org and follow along. The course will be held through “Zoom“. In order to access the sessions, you need to download the Zoom App onto the device through which you want to join.
We will provide you with the Zoom link (as well as Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) created by Dzokden. You will need this link (or alternatively Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) to access the online sessions. The Zoom link (as well as Zoom Meeting-ID and Password) will be provided at the latest two days before the online event in your email as well as in the Dzokden learning center.
Access to Video Materials Afterwards
The retreat access and all the prayers will be provided for you in Dzokden’s new online learning center (Khentrul Rinpoche’s International Organization). We encourage everyone to connect to the live-streamed retreat in real time but if that is not possible, you can still log in to the learning center after the retreat and access all of the retreat content. This retreat material will not be accessible online to people outside of the learning center.
Khentrul RinpocheJonang Kalachakra & Rimé Master
Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö is the founder and spiritual director of Dzokden. Rinpoche is the author of Unveiling Your Sacred Truth, The Great Middle Way: Clarifying the Jonang View of Other-Emptiness, A Happier Life, and The Hidden Treasure of the Profound Path.
Rinpoche spent the first 20 years of his life herding yak and chanting mantras on the plateaus of Tibet. Inspired by the bodhisattvas, he left his family to study in a variety of monasteries under the guidance of over twenty-five masters in all the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Due to his non-sectarian approach, he earned himself the title of Rimé (unbiased) Master and was identified as the reincarnation of the famous Kalachakra Master Ngawang Chözin Gyatso. While at the core of his teachings is the recognition that there is great value in the diversity of all spiritual traditions found in this world; he focuses on the Jonang-Shambhala tradition. Kalachakra (wheel of time) teachings contain profound methods to harmonize our external environment with the inner world of body and mind, ultimately bringing about the golden age of peace and harmony (dzokden).
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- Sep 18 2021