(8 Wednesday evenings)
at Santa Monica Main Center, (1430 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90404)
A SPECIAL NOTE FROM THE TEACHER, BETH STERNLIEB:
I am delighted to be offering a class on The Relaxed Mind, teachings on meditation Dza Kilung Rinpoche.
We will be learning the meditations in The Relaxed Mind: A Seven-Step Method for Deepening Meditation Practice, by Dza Kilung Rinpoche (Author), Tulku Thondup (Foreword)
The book is recommended (but not required) reading for our class.
Rinpoche's approach is very traditional but adapted to help those of us who live in a culture of distraction. The method is a way for tense meditators to relax and deepen their practice. Meditators may be surprised to find their practice transformed through letting go of tension.
This is a good class for students who have taken a mindfulness or compassion class. These reflections are a great support in breaking through the mis-perception that self-centeredness can never lead to lasting happiness.
Dza Kilung Rinpoche, a beloved Tibetan Buddhist teacher, grew up in East Tibet. He is considered the fifth reincarnation of HH Jigme Ngotsar Gyatso, who was one of the four principal disciples of Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa, the great 18th-century Nyingma Dzogchen teacher. In 1993, Kilung Rinpoche’s short pilgrimage to sacred Buddhist sites in India was unexpectedly prolonged by an invitation to teach in the United States. Nowadays, in addition to leading Kilung Monastery in his homeland of Dzachuka, East Tibet, Kilung Rinpoche teaches all over the world and has gathered a community on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, where he lives for part of the year.
News & Reviews
"The Relaxed Mind is a treasure on the indispensable stages of Buddhist trainings on the mind. It takes us from the beginning steps on the meditation journey all the way to final realization, the perfection of the enlightened nature of the mind. This book has it all. There is no need to look for other trainings." —Tulku Thondup, author of The Healing Power of Mind and The Heart of Unconditional Love
"Refreshingly clear and simple instructions of the Tibetan path. From beginning meditations to more advanced stages, The Relaxed Mind offers straightforward and wise guidance that is both nourishing and liberating." —Jack Kornfield, author of Bringing Home the Dharma and A Path with Heart
"Kilung Rinpoche elucidates the entire spectrum of meditation practices from the basic to highest level along with many precious insights applicable to everyday life. This book can change your life." —Anam Thubten, author of The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem
"A modern meditation masterpiece. Brilliant, accessible and humorous, if you follow the instructions of this profound teacher you will indeed relax into your innate wisdom. The best meditation manual I've read in years." —Lodro Rinzler, author of Sit Like a Buddha and The Buddha Walks into a Bar
This class is a Dana based class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Dana means giving. The suggested donation for this class series, which includes 6 classes, is $180 dollars.
$30 per person of an average size class at InsightLA covers the cost of paying teachers, administrators, rent and outreach, as well as covering the participation of students who will pay less.
Please give generously. Your act of generosity is significant. The Buddha taught that all of the beautiful qualities of heart and mind begin with generosity: Generosity dissolves the separation of self and other… Giver receiver and gift intertwined. Everyone has a role to play in supporting the whole community practicing to their fullest potential.
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