An illustrated and interactive beginner’s workshop on everything you ever wanted to know about Tibetan Buddhist ritual but were afraid to ask!
We may often feel awkward or even slightly embarrassed performing rituals of a culture different to our own, and until we learn the meaning and integrate it into our inner practice, they remain just pleasant artistic activities or slightly twee performances.
But with understanding, Buddhist ritual becomes a powerful connector to inner transformation and growth. It is a means of unifying body, speech and mind into a sum greater than its parts. It is also a method to confront our assumptions about reality, what’s ‘real’ and what’s merely make believe, and thus begin integrating the philosophical teachings on emptiness with our own lived experience.
This course continues on from earlier in the year with all-new topics. It is a great introduction for beginners to combine Buddhist philosophy with daily practice. It is also an engaging refresher for returning students, to check they have all the ingredients for a stable and flourishing Dharma practice. Each session will have an illustrated presentation, with opportunity for interactive question and answer.
Session 5: Prostrations and outrageous offerings
How do we embody our devotion? And how can we do it without superstition or existential discomfort, but with humility and joy? Discover how the practice of prostrations unifies body, speech and mind into a powerful method of purification.
Session 6: Mudras and bell and dorje
Discover the power of literally ’embodying’ the philosophy of tantric Buddhism, and the meaning behind the movements. Who can do mudras, when, and how to perform these transformative mystical gestures. Also, how to play the musical instruments of bell and drum in our practice.
Session 7: Sangha etiquette and guru devotion
How to show fulfil our refuge commitment by respecting the sangha, and what to do if you experience difficulties. The profound purpose of guru devotion and how to tune your mind into Rinpoche’s teachings.
Session 8: Daily practice and speech blessing
Putting it all together into the perfect prescription for modern-day life. Rinpoche’s tailor-made daily motivation and speech blessing (an essential if we have a family, a job, a life!)
Presented by FPMT registered teacher:
Hosted by Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa-Fe:
This course is being hosted by our sister FPMT centre in the USA. If you are joining from overseas, please check the start time for your own time zone!
To make our life meaningful, we have to do meaningful actions.Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The key to happiness is the mind. With the mind, we can switch our life to suffering or we can switch it to happiness, just as we change television channels, choosing to watch programs about fighting and war, or peaceful things, like the nature programs people seem to enjoy. Experiencing happiness or suffering depends entirely on what we do with our mind.Lama Zopa Rinpoche