Lama Lena: Dzogchen Instructions on The Direct Instruction of Shri Singha

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June 24th–26th, 2016

Lama Lena

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We enthusiastically welcome back Lama Lena to the Rime Center on June 24th through June 26th. Lama Lena will be teaching on Padmasambhava’s The Treasure of the Lotus Crystal Cave: The Direct Instruction of Shri Singha. Lama Lena is a highly accomplished yogini in the Dzogchen tradition who will guide us through very clear and accurate Dzogchen teachings. She is accessible, easy to relate to, open to questions, and willing to deal directly with many of the questions to which we are seeking answers. Continue reading

The Four Immeasurables and Mind and Consciousness

Dharma talk given by Geshe Lobsang Tseten of the Drepung Gomang Monastery of South India June 12, 2016.  

Geshe Tseten led one of the earliest US Sacred Arts Tours in 2001. He visited in France 2004 and 2005, Japan in 2005 and 2006, and Australia 2010. He led the year long US Sacred Arts Tour in 2013. In 2014, he headed the Sacred Arts Tour to Russia. He most recently held the position as Discipline Master at the Drepung Gomang Monastery.

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Mahayana Sutra Studies

Around one hundred Mahāyāna sūtras survive in Sanskrit or Tibetan translations. Mahāyāna sūtras are passed down as the legacy of Gautama Buddha: early versions were not written documents but orally preserved teachings said to be verses that were committed to memory and recited by his disciples, in particular Ananda, which were viewed as a substitute for the actual speech of the Buddha following his death. We will study these rich Buddhist teachings. Continue reading

Happiness-Innate Character or Learnable Quality?

All sentient beings are ultimately searching for happiness.  But, what exactly is that—lack of suffering, intense joy, or long lasting contentment?  Are we born with the traits that allow us to be happy or can we learn to allow happiness to be a dominant characteristic?  If the later, how do we learn to be happy and is the effort of doing so worth while?  The new field of positive psychology is exciting to explore especially through the perspective of neuroscience.  Plus, there are remarkable correlations with Buddhist philosophy. Continue reading

Meditations on the Refuge Vows

This class is for Anyone who is contemplating on making the refuge vows, in learning more about Buddhist practice and/or simply deepening their meditation practice.  Taking the refuge vows is generally considered to be the doorway to the learning and incorporation of Buddhist tenets into one’s life.  The aim is to provide the student with the understanding the what, why and how before making the commitment to take the refuge vows. The student will be asked to have a dedicated meditation practice during the 4 weeks which will include walking meditation as well as a period of mindfulness during his daily activities.  The aim is to incorporate mindfulness in seated, walking and daily life practice. Continue reading

Rime Membership Classes

Becoming an official member of the Rime Center demonstrates your support of the Center. In addition, members receive benefits, such as discounts and invitations to special “members only” programs. The four half-hour sessions cover the following topics: 1. Introductions, and the Three Jewels; 2. Meditation, the Three Yanas, and Tibetan Buddhism; 3. The organizational structure of the Rime Center and explanation of our Sunday Service; 4. Retreats/Empowerments and Program Events and service opportunities – along with a tour of the Rime Center. Upon completion of the classes, students are inducted as new members of the Rime Center sangha and are given a mala personally blessed by H.H. Dalai Lama.

Instructor: Lama Matthew Rice (Lobpön Palden Gocha)
Dates & Times: Four sessions on Sundays, beginning on June 19th, 10:00 – 10:30 am
Class Fee: No fees
Prerequisite: None