with Emily Hsu
Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:45pm
October 15 – December 10, 2015
(no class on November 26)
January 14 – April 14, 2016
The purpose of listening to the Dharma is to transform our hearts and minds, and not merely to gain intellectual knowledge. For the Dharma to be useful, for it to relieve our problems and suffering, it needs to move from our head to our heart. We need to gain inner experience of the teachings, and then to make that stable. To do this we need to meditate on the various topics of the path.
This course will emphasize meditation on the graduated path to enlightenment (Lamrim) in order to generate genuine experiences, and the focus in this period will be bodhicitta and the bodhisattva activities (six perfections) with a particular emphasis on emptiness. Students will have a chance to practice leading meditations, if they wish, and receive feedback on them. There will also be an opportunity to discuss any questions, issues, and obstacles that arise during our meditation practice.
Pabongka Rinpoche said that it is extremely important to not merely settle for intellectual understanding; otherwise it is possible for us to become immune to the Dharma:
A mere semblance of listening, study, and understanding