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Tuesday 29 April 2014

Bodhicitta and Chamtrul Rinpoche's 2014 UK Teachings

Chamtrul Rinpoche came to the UK for the first time in 2013. His teaching tour took him to several places across the land, where he captivated and inspired many old and new students with his uplifting presence and renowned teachings.  The teachings are open to all, and are by donation. Booking isn't required, please just come along.

Please find your way to the venues in good time so that you can settle yourself in, well before Chamtrul Rinpoche begins to teach. 

For further information please visit the Bodhicitta website 

30 MAY 7-9PM

The Practice of the Four Immeasurables
To Open the Heart

By thinking about and meditating on the Four Immeasurables, we lessen our disturbing emotions and attitudes, and we begin to open the heart, benefiting ourselves and others.

Immeasurable Love is the wish for all beings to have both happiness and its causes.

Immeasurable Compassion is the wish for all beings to be free from suffering and its causes.

Immeasurable Joy is the wish for all beings to never be apart from happiness and for it to increase more and more.

Immeasurable Equanimity is the wish for all beings to be free from attachment and aversion, that keeps some close and others distant.

Chamtrul Rinpoche will also speak about how these four are the foundation of bodhicitta - the mind of enlightenment - the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings.

1 JUNE 3-5PM

Finding Meaning in Everyday Life

Chamtrul Rinpoche will explain how by recognising the conditions that create suffering and those that generate inner peace, we can find greater meaning and purpose in everyday life, helping ourselves and others.

2 JUNE 7-9PM

The Healing Power of Tonglen

Tonglen is a Tibetan word - 'tong' means giving, and 'len' means taking.

In brief, this practice aims at taking on the suffering and pain of others, while giving them well-being.

If Buddhism asserts that it's not possible to literally take away and experience somebody else's karma, how does tonglen work?

It is said that for tonglen to be most effective, we would first have to have a deep karmic connection with the other individual, built up from this life, or a previous life.

Tonglen would then act as a condition for the surfacing and ripening of a portion of each individual's karma, which would otherwise be buried under their other ripening karma. This causes the person performing tonglen to experience something similar to what the other individual had been experiencing, while they experience well-being instead.

On this deepest level, tonglen is an incredibly powerful practice to engage in. A practice that relies not just on a deep karmic connection, but on great compassion and courage too.

Whether we have the ability to practice this deepest level or not, there are other levels of practice too. Whatever level that we engage in, it's extremely beneficial, as it will dramatically weaken the self-cherishing attitude, and will undoubtedly strengthen our positive qualities, and our bodhicitta aim - the compassionate wish to attain the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings.

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