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this week at gar drolma

Monday may 2 - sunday may 8
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wednesday

OPEN MEDITATION PRACTICE
Time: 6-6:30 pm

During Open Meditation practice individuals are welcome to come to the temple for silent meditation, shinay, or their own mantra
meditation
practice. This practice is suitable for all students.

BEGINNERS BUDDISM CLASS
Time: 6:30-7:30pm

This weeks teaching will be on the Vajrayana Empowerments.  This is the process by which a lama with experience in the particular practice confers on others the description, explanation, visualization and order of the practice, along with appropriate offerings and specific mantras. 
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thursday

NGONDRO PRACTICE
Time: 6-7:30pm

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.

On Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. we will meet to discuss and practice the preliminaries (ngondro). All current ngondro practitioners, regardless of the lineage you follow and version of the practice that you engage in are welcome.

Sessions will be divided into a period of discussion followed by a period of practice. Participants may practice whichever section of ngondro they are currently accumulating. Whether you are just starting your practice, or anywhere in the midst of the process please join us for support, encouragement and group practice.

If you would like to practice ngondro, but have not received instruction, please send an email: admin@gardrolmacourses.com to arrange a time for an individual introduction to and instructions for beginning the practice.

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.
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friday may 6

BUDDHIST and WESTERN CONCEPTS STUDY GROUP
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
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In the West there is a concept known as an archetype.  Wikipedia says its original meaning is “original pattern from which copies are made”.  Perhaps the earliest use was by Plato who described archetypes as “mental forms that were imprinted on the soul”.  Jungian depth psychology describes them as collectively inherited patterns of thought and symbols that arise out of the collective unconsciousness that is common to and shared by all humans. “The archetypes form a dynamic substratum common to all humanity, upon the foundation of which each individual builds his own experience of life, coloring them with his unique culture, personality and life events” (quotes from Wikipedia link below on Jungian archetypes).  For Jung, most of the archetypes were process oriented in that they guided development during all stages of life.  That is, many aspects of human life seemed to fall into patterns that unfolded in similar ways, adjusting for situational differences.

Are Buddhist deities archetypes? Do they guide spiritual development in a manner similar to Western archetypes?  For example, are Dharmapalas (i.e., Dharma protectors) active archetypes that help guide sentient beings back to the state of wholeness (Western terminology) or enlightenment (Buddhist terminology)? 

http://www.lionsroar.com/the-five-buddha-families/

http://www.rinpoche.com/teachings/5families.pdf  (pgs. 1 – 10)

https://buddhismnow.com/2013/11/26/five-buddha-families-francesca-fremantle/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archetype

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungian_archetypes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZAuzHICX4A

https://www.myss.com/free-resources/sacred-contracts-and-your-archetypes/
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Sunday

CANDLE

NEWCOMERS ORIENTATION
Time: 8:45-9:00am

Want to find out more about Buddhism, but don’t know where to start? This program is for you—whether you’re just curious about
what a Buddhist mediation center is like or you’ve been thinking about learning more about Buddhism. Our Newcomers Orientation
is a relaxed introduction to our center and our programs. Come for a tour. Come with your questions. All are welcome.

SILENT MEDITATION - Upper Level
Time: 9:00am - 9:45am
BOOK DISCUSSION - Lower Level
Time: 9:00am – 9:45am

Join Khenpo as he leads a discussion from his book "Learning Buddhism: Source of Temporary and Permanent Happiness, is a
condensed compilation that reflects the essence of the Buddha's teachings, as well as the commentaries and treatises of all the great
learned one's who followed. It is a compilation that will be useful for the current times, and particularly for those who have sincere
interest in the Buddhadharma.

WHITE TARA & ACHI PRACTICE
Time: 10:00-11:15am
Teachers: Khenpo Samdup

White Tara is always depicted as a peaceful deity. Her special function is to promote long life, both for the practitioner and for others. Ultimately, she is the very nature of the dharmakaya, and her practice is a means for attaining liberation. (more info...)

Mother Achi was the grandmother of Lord Jigton Sumgon, founder of the Drikung Lineage. To this day she remains a great dharma protector of the Buddha's teachings. Although Achi has a particular commitment to protect the Drikung Kagyu, she is recognized and practiced by all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. (more info...)




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