GESHE SHERAB TOUR: Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma #1
Saturday 11 February @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
What is it that turns our mind to Dharma and away from samsara? When we become overwhelmed by distractions, or too exhausted to come to teachings, or find ourselves unmoored and disconnected – what is it that can strengthen and stabilise our spiritual journey? These four thoughts ignite and focus our spiritual practice, and ensure we stay firmly on the path towards freedom and happiness.
There are four thoughts that turn the mind to the Dharma and away from samsara:
(1) appreciating this precious human life
(2) death and impermanence
(3) karmic cause and effect
(4) the disadvantages of samsara
If we appreciate the opportunities that we have now with this precious human life, and if we recognise that the opportunities that we have now with this precious existence are not going to last and that we are going to die sometime, if we recognise how is going to shape what we experience in this life and also in future lives, and if we realise that no matter what we experience in the future, because it arises from behaving from confusion, will have a lot of difficulties and troubles – then we will turn our minds to the Dharma!
What does it mean to turn our minds to the Dharma? It basically means taking refuge. This is not something that you do after walking into a Dharma centre for the first time, like joining a social club! Taking refuge is something quite advanced and requires an appropriate state of mind. Taking Refuge is not something passive – that we go to a more powerful person or being and say save or protect us.
Taking Refuge means putting an active, safe, positive direction in our life. And we need to have these four attitudes or understandings before we can put this direction in our life with sincere conviction.
Each session will consist of:
– 60 minute talk on the topic
– 20 minute break
– 20 minutes guided meditation led by Geshe-la
– 20 minutes Q&A and discussion
Presented by FPMT Geshe:
We welcome back Geshe Thubten Sherab in person for the first time in four years! Geshe-la is fluent in English, and teaches with a clarity and wisdom that allows the teachings to ‘just slide in’ to our minds and settle well.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy inspiration from an authentic Buddhist master! This teaching is ideal for those curious about Buddhism and in-depth students alike.
Yes, you can just come on the day, but your RSVP helps us plan. If you have purchased a package but also plan to come in person – please let us know here!
“For beginners in the Dharma, the most important thing is to try and integrate one’s study and practice.”Geshe Thubten Sherab