Note: Sunday Meetings will resume Sunday, September 10, 2017
All Sunday programs free of charge.
Chenrezig Sadhana and Guru Rinpoche Sadhana
9:00am to 10:00am
Sadhana practice involves chanting a Tibetan liturgy and reciting Buddhist mantras. It is a means of actualizing our inherent buddha nature through visualization and benevolent intention.
In the first sadhana that is performed, one visualizes and offers praises and prayers to the Bodhisattva Chenrezig. Then the sacred mantra Om Mani Peme Hung is chanted for the well-being of all beings while visualizing oneself as Chenrezig, inseparable from the compassion of all buddhas. The liturgy that is used is called For the Benefit of Beings as Vast as the Sky and was composed by the great Tibetan saint Thangtong Gyalpo (14th-15th century).
After Chenrezig, sometimes we’ll do a brief Guru Rinpoche gurusadhana from the terma (treasure tradition) of Barway Dorje. In this practice one visualizes oneself as Guru Rinpoche, cultivating pure view and boundless love and compassion for all beings.
Because it is easy to follow along, these practices are great for those who want to get acquainted with vajrayana practice. All are welcome to attend and participate.
10:00am to 11:00am
In the book study, we read excerpts from a Buddhist book and have discussion. There is no need to have a copy of the book in order to participate. If you are new, feel free to ask any questions, no matter how basic you think they may be. We’re more interested in having an engaging and inclusive discussion than sticking to the book!
11:00am to 12:00pm
The practice of sitting meditation calms the mind and allows one to rest in open awareness. It is a simple yet profound practice that helps make the mind workable.
This session is good for both beginners and experienced meditators. The hour consists of two 20 minute meditation periods with a stretch break in between. We have plenty of cushions for those who want to sit on the floor. It is also perfectly fine to sit in a chair if you prefer.