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Please join us for an inspiring Fall program series
at Gar Drolma

Meditation & Yoga Instruction
and
Ngondro Instruction & Practice


If you have not had a chance to attend, this is a wonderful opportunity to join in with the community

Meditation & Yoga
TuesdayS: September 2nd thru October 14th
7:00pm - 8:30pm

From 7:00-7:30 pm our resident teacher, Khenpo Samdup, will offer instruction, practice, and guidance in calm-abiding meditation; the foundation of all Buddhist meditation practice.

Following the meditation sessions, join Indigo Yoga co-founder, Barb Morsa RYT, for a six week series designed to lay a strong foundation for practice and quiet the “monkey mind” through yoga asana, pranayama (yogic breathwork), mindfulness meditation and visualization techniques.

You will learn what yoga is and what it isn’t; how it supports physical, psychological, and spiritual well being. We will explore yoga philosophy and practice; including techniques to build strength, focus, and flexibility in body, mind and heart and to invite relaxation and stress relief into our busy lives. Standing, seated, supine and simple inversion poses will be taught along with restorative yoga poses; all of which can be taken away from class and into a home yoga practice. Pranayama (yogic breathwork) is the cornerstone of practice and will be explored in each session along with guided visualization and simple mindfulness meditation techniques.

Learn step by step how to engage in a safe and meaningful yoga practice that will serve you in so many ways. All adult ages, body types and fitness levels are welcome! Beginner's Mind - 6 week series (overview and syllabus for series)

Cost: $20 for the entire 6 week series or recommended donation of
$4 for individual classes.


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If you are new to yoga or are returning to yoga practice after some time away from your mat, this series is ideal for you. In a compassionate and supportive environment, we will explore the foundations of hatha yoga through a progressive 6-week curriculum.

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Ngondro Instruction & Practice
ThursdayS: September 4th thru October 16th
6:00-7:30pm

We will spend time on each of the practices: Mandala offering, Vajrasattva recitation, and Refuge combined with prostrations. Sessions will include explanations with time for questions as well as plenty of time to practice. This will be a great way to deepen and support your Ngondro practice!

Ngondro means “preliminary.” This set of 3-5 practices is traditionally accomplished before one begins training in the more subtle practices of the Tantras, Mahamudra, or Dzogchen. While referred to as “preliminary”
many masters have stated that Ngondro is a complete method by which one
can attain enlightenment.

These practices are powerful and efficient methods for accumulating merit and purifying obscurations. Practically, these trainings help develop positive, virtuous qualities, weaken and diminish obscurations and negative qualities, and render the practitioner receptive to more subtle teachings.

This program is suitable for beginning students or experienced practitioners.


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Please join us at Gar Drolma for a new study group; Buddhist and Western Concepts Advanced Study Group.  The group will meet on the 3rd Friday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00pm.  

The discussions will include reflecting on Buddhist and Western philosophical thinking about the mind, reviewing neurophysiological evidence concerning the body and mind, and discussing recent theories and ideas from physics. We will provide web links each month that provide relevant background information on the topics to be discussed to make it easier for anyone to participate in the discussion.  

The principal focus of the group is to attempt to reconcile Buddhist ideas and concepts about the body, mind, and universe with Western knowledge.  Discussion topics for the first four meetings are provided below. 

All are welcome to attend the meetings.

The group is being organized by Mike Young.
Please feel free to contact Mike if you have questions:  
mjyxenia@gmail.com

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September 19th 7:00 – 9:00pm
Appearances Are One’s Own Mind    
  
 
The above phrase is a quote from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche.  Similar quotes can also be found in the sutras.  But what does this statement actually mean?  Does it mean that my mind and its perceptual/cognitive processes create the world that I see, out of all possible worlds that I could see? That is, would I see the world differently if I were embodied a different way (e.g., bees and bats have different perceptual apparatus and see frequencies of light that we cannot see), or would I see the world differently if I had different karma and lived in a different one of the six realms of being? Or alternatively, is it possible that all of matter has another attribute that is awareness, and the universe is a giant mind, of which I am a part?  

The dominant view of contemporary cognitive science is that consciousness emerges (almost magically) from a system once it reaches a certain level of complexity. There is a minority view, however, that argues that matter does have an attribute that is awareness (see panpsychism link below), and there are other views that suggest that consciousness is a property of living systems (as opposed to non-living systems).  We will discuss some of these alternatives.

Background Material:

How Animals See Color
How Animals See the World
The Six Realms of Existence
Panpsychism and Panprotopsychism

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October 17th  7:00 – 9:00pm
What is a klesha?     

                 
We all know kleshas are something that we have to get rid of, or overcome, but what exactly are they, and how do they operate in our minds? Suppose kleshas are habitual patterns of thought, or habitual ways or reacting to the world. 

We seem to go through the day telling ourselves stories in which we interpret events that occur in terms of our own beliefs and values. Are these stories kleshas?  We also seem to consume music, TV, movies, etc. that support our preferred stories and thought processes.  Are we strengthening kleshas when we listen to “our” music, or watch “our” TV shows?  Is advancing on the path cutting through these stories and transmuting the energy associated with them into mindful awareness?

How do kleshas arise in our lives?  Is there any relationship between how kleshas arise and Western ideas on how neurosis arises? Does western psychology have any techniques that might be useful in overcoming kleshas? We will discuss these and other issues associated with kleshas.

Background material:

Kleshas (Buddhism)
In Depth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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November 21st 7:00 – 9:00pm 
Sambhogakaya, Dharmakaya, Nirmanakaya  


The dharmakaya is described as the empty essence of the mind, the fundamental nature of all phenomena*.  The sambhogakaya is described as blissful radiant energy of the mind that can manifest in a variety of pure forms.  The nirmanakaya is described as the uninterrupted and unceasing display, in physical form, of the empty essence (dharmakaya) and its creative power (sambhogakaya).  How do the concepts of dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya relate to what we know of the modern physical universe? 
Modern physics postulate the existence of a field that underlies everything that is. Is it possible that the dharmakaya is this underlying field?  Could the sambhogakaya be a subset of this, for example, the universe of dark matter and energy that we cannot see directly?   Is the nirmanakaya the universe we can see?  Further, is it possible that there are entities that live in the sambhogakaya (sky dancers; dakinis) that we are unaware of?  Or should we conclude that there is no relationship between these Buddhist concepts and the actual world? 

We will explore the concepts of dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya and try to infer their relationship to modern theories of physics and cosmology.    
(*Mind Beyond Death, Dzogchen Ponlop 2006).

Background material:
The Three Kayas, the bodies of the Buddha
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Audio recordings ARE now available

 

2014 GAR DROLMA SPRING RETREAT
WITH H.E. GARCHEN RINPOCHE



Chakrasamvara & rare instructions on the Stages of Meditation.

Now that our wonderful spring retreat with Garchen Rinpoche has come to an end, we are extremely happy to be able to offer you
the ability to experience these precious teachings through audio downloads. For those of you who could not attend, it is an opportunity
to share in Garchen Rinpoche’s teachings about the Drikung yidam, Chakrasamvara, and his profound, rare instructions on the
Stages of Meditation. For those of you who did attend, this will be an opportunity to relive the experience many times.

These audio downloads are being made available as part of our new Vajra Speech program at Gar Drolma. It is
our wish to preserve and share the precious teachings of Garchen Rinpoche that we’ve had the privilege to receive at the center
with students around the world. In return, a sliding scale donation is requested from $50 to $80 for both weekend’s teachings.
(click here to order)
to help us sustain the activities of the center for the benefit of beings everywhere.

We are always grateful for your support and we wish to thank those who attended the retreat—often by traveling great distances
or overcoming other difficulties. In addition, we’d like to give a special thanks to those of you who joined us by Ustream. It is
wonderful to know that Garchen Rinpoche’s teachings were able to reach 4000 students from 23 countries. You give us reason
to be even more diligent in our dharma activities.

For more information or any questions, please feel free to contact us at
sangha@gardrolma.org or 513-604-3723


 


1329 Creighton Ave. Dayton, OH 45420 | Directions (937) 252-2220
E-mail: sangha@gardrolma.org