Bringing Obstacles to the Path, with Lama Zangmo - a three week course from 11th June
WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
The practice of shamatha or “tranquillity” is carried out to calm down coarse thoughts and kleshas, and the practice of vipashyana or “insight” is practiced in order to see the nature of one’s mind just as it is and in that way to eradicate defects and increase qualities that abide within oneself.
Generally we can divide all things into confusion and that which is un-bewildered. Bewilderment or ignorance is what we call samsara or “cyclic existence.” That which is un-bewildered is what we call nirvana. Vipashyana is practiced in order to recognize one’s true nature that exists in the absence of bewilderment.
Until one actually attains that fruition, one still has to deal with adversity; thoughts, kleshas, suffering, illness, and so on, all the various obstacles that arise in life. So bringing obstacles to the path is how to deal with adversity through the practice of meditation.
This meditation course is not for complete beginners, but is suitable for those who are already familiar with and have practised shamatha meditation for some time.
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