Saturday, September 9, 16, 23 and 30
$80 Basic Price, $120 Benefactor, $40 Reduced | Online
The word “Buddha” literally means “an awakened one”—but what did he wake up to and from? How can his archetypal quest for freedom be used as a source of inspiration for our own process of awakening?
This 4-meeting course with Michael Lobsang Tenpa will be centered around the exploration of 4 states of consciousness that we experience on a regular basis: waking, dreaming, dreamless sleep, and the so-called “fourth state” which includes fleeting experiences of our clear-light mind. We will look at the Buddha’s threefold system of training, cultivate basic levels of mental stability, and apply the process of introspection to see how greater degrees of lucidity can be gained. Furthermore, we will learn some basic forms of meditation related to the Buddha (as an archetypal teacher) himself.
Each 2-hour session will include a presentation of practical ideas, meditation, journaling, and some time for Q&A. The aim of the course is to develop a certain degree of confidence in our practice of the “three trainings”, so that we can strongly feel we are gradually progressing towards waking up.