Steps to the Great Perfection – Online

Join Lama Matt as we discuss the book Steps to the Great Perfection. A compilation of teachings on the seven contemplations, an ancient system of mind-training/lojong teachings that has been preserved as part of a rare set of instructions on Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection. This book is unique because although the lojong teachings of the Kadam tradition are well known, this is the first time the mind-training teachings from the Dzogchen tradition have been presented in an English translation, and most Western scholars and practitioners are unaware that such mind-training techniques even exist in Dzogchen. The contemplations themselves are vividly described, and some unfold as dramatic stories in which the meditator imagines himself or herself as the main character. Thus, they are quite accessible for beginning practitioners.

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Facilitator: Lama Matthew Palden Gocha
Date: 4 sessions beginning on Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Class Fee: $30
Text: Steps to the Great Perfection – Get it on Amazon or at the Rime Center gift shop.

These classes are available to EVERYONE. We have “Suggested Fees,” however pay whatever you can afford for the class. Everyone is welcome! It is our hope that some will pay more to cover those who can’t afford the usual fee. We simply want everyone to have access to these wonderful classes. 
Use coupon R1M3CL@55 if you are unable to afford to class fee.

108 Day Bodhisattva Challenge

This challenge will be practice intensive for those who want to apply their understanding of Bodhichitta with daily practice. We welcome new students who are looking to learn about the Bodhisattva Mind Training and how to apply it to their Buddhist path, as well as experienced students who have insights to share.

The main book that will be used for the challenge will be A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives by Thupten Jinpa Ph.D.. This book shows how the meeting of contemplative insights and practices with modern science can lead to offerings that are beneficial for everyone interested in deeper personal spiritual transformation.

“Compassion is fundamental to our basic nature as human beings. Connecting with our compassionate part, nurturing it, and relating to ourselves, others, and the world around us from this place is the key to our happiness as individuals and our societal well-being. Each one of us can take steps to make compassion a central reality of our own lives and our shared world.” – Thupten Jinpa Ph.D.

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Kick off party for the 108 Day Bodhisattva Challenge is Sunday January 2, 2022 at 10:30am and will be during the Sunday Service.

Sunday Dharma Talks beginning January 2nd
Each week kicks off a new topic with a Sunday Dharma talk given by Lama Matt and the other Dharma Facilitators. Dharma Talks will be uploaded to the Rime Center’s Podcast each Monday. Participants are then encouraged to read the topic from the book.

Wednesday Online Discussions beginning January 5th
Participants will meet online Wednesdays at 7:45 pm to discuss the week’s topic. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion about the practice that will include actions that can be applied to daily life/practice.

108 Day Bodhisattva Challenge

This challenge will be practice intensive for those who want to apply their understanding of Bodhicitta with daily practice. We welcome new students who are looking to learn about the Bodhisattva Mind Training and how to apply it to their Buddhist path, as well as experienced students who have insights to share.

The main topic for the challenge will be The Seven Points of Mind Training by Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje. The Seven Points of Mind Training belong to the category of teachings known in Tibetan as lojong, or in English ‘mind training or transforming the mind’.

“The essential message of the lojong teaching is that if we want to see a better world, we should begin by improving our own mind. For me, the lojong tradition stands as the heart of the Buddha’s message of peace. It teaches us how to regard others with the dignity and care that they deserve, and also how to transcend the limitations of conventional ego-grasping. In brief, it is a guideline for our own enlightenment, leading to enlightened conduct in our own dealings with others.” – H.H. Dalai Lama XIV

Register today!

Kick off party for the 108 Day Bodhisattva Challenge is Friday January 1, 2020 at 7:45 and will be online.

Sunday Dharma Talks beginning January 3rd
Each week kicks off a new topic with a Sunday Dharma talk given by Lama Matt and the other Dharma Facilitators. Dharma Talks will be uploaded to the Rime Center’s Podcast each Monday. Participants are then encouraged to read the topic from the book.

Wednesday Online Discussions beginning January 6th
Participants will meet online Wednesdays at 7:45 pm to discuss the week’s topic. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion about the practice that will include actions that can be applied to daily life/practice.