Please join us at gar Drolma for a new study group
Buddhist and Western Concept 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.
All are welcome to attend the program
Samadhi and Flow
Samadhi is a term that seems to have several meanings in Buddhism. Frequently, Samadhi is described as a concentrative, or highly focused, state of consciousness. It has also been described as a state of absorption in which the ego-self disappears; and achieving a state of Samadhi can be associated with a slowing down of mental activity (i.e., a reduction in thoughts and thinking). In Buddhist circles, Samadhi is normally attained through the practice of meditation, and it is frequently described as arising from single pointed concentration. Finally, there appear to be stages, or degrees, of Samadhi in which the experience of the mind changes from an initial experience of bliss, to a state of deep clam, to one of pure awareness.
“Flow” (a.k.a. “being in the zone”) is a state of absorption that arises from being fully immersed in a skilled activity. It is a state of concentration and focused motivation where the performer is single-mindedly performing a task. Flow is frequently associated with states of intense creativity. Sometimes the creativity seems to come from without, rather than within; in these cases the performer describes an external entity (e.g., Muse or Daemon) that provides the creativity and skill that drives the performance. Flow is normally associated with fully harnessing emotions that channel and invigorate energy for the task, producing an intensely positive experience.
While the concept of flow was originally created to help characterize skilled theatrical, artistic, and scientific performances, it has also been used to characterize (Western) religious experience. That is, the flow experience is similar, in many cases, to what mystics describe as communion with God, or living in God’s presence, although the mystic emphasizes openness as opposed to performance.
We will discuss the concepts of Samadhi and Flow and see if we can identify characteristics and features that are similar and different between these two concepts.
General description of Samadhi: http://buddhism.about.com/od/buddhistmeditation/a/Samadhi.htm
Detailed discussion of Samadhi (read pages: xiii – xvii; 3-5)
Descriptions of Flow:
Two TED talks about Flow
The Stages of Meditation
An Online Curriculum for Developing Practical Experience
in a Series of Classic Meditation Techniques from the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition
This curriculum was created at the request of Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche by Khenpo Samdrup, based upon his book The Stages
of Meditation, Awakening the Mind. It is intended to give real world experience in a progressive series of meditation techniques
to enhance the meditation experience of students at all levels—and also to be easy to access by students everywhere. Garchen
Rinpoche expressed that it has been his wish to make such a course available online for years.
How the course works.
This course is designed to take students step-by-step through a series of progressive meditation techniques. Each technique has clear meditation instructions and objectives. These include a minimum time commitment spent in meditation practice of each technique as outlined by Khenpo Samdup. The minimum time requirements ensure that students become thoroughly familiar with each meditation practice before moving on. The course is self-paced and you control the rate you progress through it.
To support your practice throughout the course and answer questions, there are:
Supplemental resources for each technique for students who wish to explore the topic further
A discussion forum for each technique that allows students to engage in discussions with other students in the class
Q&A about the practices that will be answered by teaching assistants, Khenpo Samdup or Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche, depending
upon the nature of the question.
Course Fees: $60 per year
For more information: email@example.com
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
(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
firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-604-3723