- Dear Friends,
This Sunday July 6 is His Holiness Dalai Lama's birthday. We will
be celebrating this by doing a one day retreat on Chenresig and the
Eight Verses of Thought transformation on Saturday and a Chenresig
Guru Yoga practice on Sunday.
July 5, Saturday, 10 - 5pm
Developing Compassion for Self and Others
- How to cultivate healthy self confidence, and having the courage
to destroy self centredness, by meditating on the Eight Verses,
invoking the blessings of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Great
Compassion. All in a one day retreat!
His Holiness often says: if you want to be selfish, be wisely
"We can also approach the importance of compassion through
intelligent reasoning. If I help another person, and show concern
for him or her, then I myself will benefit from that. However, if I
harm others, eventually I will be in trouble. I often joke...saying
that if we wish to be truly selfish then we should be wisely selfish
rather than foolishly selfish. Our intelligence can help to adjust
our attitude in this respect. If we use it well, we can gain insight
as to how we can fulfill our own self-interest by leading a
compassionate way of life.
In this context, I do not think that selfishness is wrong. Loving
oneself is crucial. If we do not love ourselves, how can we love
others? It seems that when some people talk of compassion, they have
a notion that it entails a total disregard for one's own
interests and sacrificing of one's interests. This is not the case.
In fact genuine love should first be directed at oneself.
There are two different senses of self. One has no hesitation in
harming other people, and that is negative and leads to trouble. The
other is based on determination, willpower and self-confidence, and
that sense of "I" is very necessary. Without it, how can we develop
the confidence we need to carry out any task in life?"
So join us this weekend to meditate on Chenresig, using a practice
booklet composed by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche to generate compassion
combined with the practice of om mani padme hum and meditation on 8
verses of Thought Transformation. You are welcome to come for all
or one or more sessions. Please register with the office: 831 462
8383, so we can prepare a practice booklet for you.
10 - 11am: Introduction to the Eight Verses
11.30 - 12.15pm: Chenresig practice and Meditation on Verse 1 & 2
Learn to cherish others, and deflate your exaggerated ego.
12. 30pm: Lunch
2 - 2.45pm: Chenresig practice and Meditation on Verse 3 & 4
Identify negative emotions, and develop the courage to face
3 - 3.45pm: Chenresig practice and Meditation on Verse 5 & 6
Be the happy loser, and cultivate forgiveness
4.15 - 5pm: Chenresig practice and Meditation on Verse 7 & 8
Throw out the self cherishing, and disvover reality
(5.30pm: Video of Heart of Tibet - documentary on His Holiness
Whole day: $60 - 50 (including lunch)
Per Session: $15 - 10
July 6, Sunday, 10 - 11 / 11.30am
His Holiness Dalai Lama's Birthday
Join us to celebrate His Holiness Dalai Lama's birthday. We will be
perfoming a Chenresig Guru Yoga Practice: The Inseparability of the
Spiritual Master & Chenresig, a beautiful practice written by His
Holiness, and reciting the long life prayer of His Holiness,
dedicating for His long and stable life.
Lama Yeshe said:
By practising guru yoga, by seeing the totally positive qualities of
the guru, you can let your negative perceptions go. By practising
guru yoga, you learn to understand that in reality, the guru is
inseparable from the compassion and wisdom of Chenresig. And then
you start to see the inseparability of these qualities and
yourself. Another way of saying this is that guru yoga practice
gives you the inspiration to develop your own human potential. When
you see someone with such positive energy, such compssion and
wisdom, you are powerfully affected, you want to be like that too.
So definitely when you encounter such powerful, good qualities as
great compassion and wisdom and see the possibility of having an
everlasting good time, you will definitely think: Why not that,
rather than confusion? And not just for yourself, but to help all
universal living beings."
All are welcome...
And don't forget Ven Rita other teachings this week...
Tuesday, July 1, 7pm: How to keep up a joyous effort in our daily
Wednesday, 7pm, July 2, 7pm: Mind, Morality and Karma -- How and
why karma works, How to purify our negative karma and create
Friday night at Sangralaya, Rita will continue her talk on how to Be
your Own Therapist. Address: 111 Union Street, Santa Cruz, 7pm.
All are welcome. By donations.
Have a great week!