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Nov
20
Mon
Understanding Buddhism Class
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Understanding Buddhism Class

~note: there will be NO class MONDAY, JUNE 19

Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: suggested donation $5-10 sliding scale no-one will be turned away for lack of funds
Registration: None required.
Prerequisites: None. This class is suitable for all students.

 

In this class we discuss major topics  including the life of the Buddha; The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path; the Buddha’s teaching on the interdependence of all things, the impermanence of all things, the illusion of ego; karma.  This March David will be teaching an introductory course on Vajrayana Buddhism.  We will be studying tantric practices in relation to Mahayana and Hinayana. We will focus on the nature and meaning of tantric practices, what they involve and the transformation that they intend to bring about in human beings. We will understand tantric practices as non-dual: neither copies of an original practice nor referring to some external goal.  Tantra works with energies that can be transmuted into higher forms.  The book is “The Lion’s Roar, Introduction to Tantra.”  It is not necessary to have read the book to participate in the class.  No experience with spirituality necessary. : ) Come as you are!
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Teacher: David Klemm, Ph.D.
About David:  David Klemm, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of Iowa, where he taught modern religious thought (philosophical theology and hermeneutics) for nearly thirty years.  As an undergraduate, he majored in religion, with special emphasis on Asian religions, especially Buddhism.  In his senior year, he wrote a 225-page thesis interpreting the history of Buddhism called “A Phenomenology of Sunyata” (emptiness).  From 1970-73, he studied in Vermont with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from whom he learned to meditate.  Throughout his career, he has continued his interest in Buddhism and his practice of meditation.
Nov
22
Wed
Meditation Class
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meditation Class

Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: suggested donation $5-10 sliding scale no-one will be turned away for lack of funds
Registration: None required.
Prerequisites: None. This class is suitable for all students.

Introduction to Meditation will prepare you to enter into several types of meditation practice. All of these practices are aimed at opening our hearts to compassion and wisdom.  We will explore calm-abiding meditation, Tonglen meditation and White Tara Meditation. Tonglen, or giving and receiving, is a practice of great compassion. White Tara meditation practice opens our realization of compassion within the uncompounded nature of reality. There is no experience necessary. This class is on a drop-in basis. You may join at any time.

Teacher: Tim Mullaney, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
About Tim: Tim Mullaney has been a practitioner in the Karma Kagyu lineage for nearly 40 years. His teachers include Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and Tai Situ Rinpoche (who is his main teacher). He completed a transmission of the Ocean of Certainty (a major text on Mahamudra meditation) with Tai Situ Rinpoche in 2008.

Nov
26
Sun
Community Meditation Practice
Nov 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

~note: there will be NO practice SUNDAY, JUNE 18

Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Cost: none
Registration: None required.
Prerequisites: None. These practices are suitable for all students.

On Sunday afternoons we will meditate together using two types of meditation, Calm Abiding and a guided OM AH HUNG practice.

Calm-Abiding Meditation
Calm Abiding Meditation Practice is a silent meditation that develops awareness. As it is, one’s mind is bewildered on account of the many distractions and as a result one has no control and loses oneself to these distractions. Through the practice of calm abiding meditation the mind will eventually become clear and free of agitation.

Guided OM AH HUNG Meditation – Introduction and Practice
This is an introductory practice in compassion training to gain familiarization and a create a foundation for tantric meditation practices. We will use a teaching from Khenchen Konchok Gyaltsen Rinpoche for this practice.

Medicine Buddha Meditation Practice
Nov 26 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

~note: there will be NO practice SUNDAY, JUNE 18

Medicine Buddha Meditation Practice
Time: 5:15–6:15pm
Cost: none
Registration: None required.
Prerequisites: Those who wish to participate in these meditation practices should have one of the following: 1) taken refuge or 2) had the empowerment or 3) attended a weekend Introductory Workshop on Tantric meditation.

On Sunday afternoons we will practice Medicine Buddha meditation

Medicine Buddha Practice
This meditation deals with purification and healing, and is taken from the original teaching of the Medicine Buddha. The causes of our physical and mental problems are related to the mind. The root cause is ignorance, and the other afflictive emotions arise from that base… So it is important to work with our mind in order to improve our situation.

Nov
27
Mon
Understanding Buddhism Class
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Understanding Buddhism Class

~note: there will be NO class MONDAY, JUNE 19

Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: suggested donation $5-10 sliding scale no-one will be turned away for lack of funds
Registration: None required.
Prerequisites: None. This class is suitable for all students.

 

In this class we discuss major topics  including the life of the Buddha; The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path; the Buddha’s teaching on the interdependence of all things, the impermanence of all things, the illusion of ego; karma.  This March David will be teaching an introductory course on Vajrayana Buddhism.  We will be studying tantric practices in relation to Mahayana and Hinayana. We will focus on the nature and meaning of tantric practices, what they involve and the transformation that they intend to bring about in human beings. We will understand tantric practices as non-dual: neither copies of an original practice nor referring to some external goal.  Tantra works with energies that can be transmuted into higher forms.  The book is “The Lion’s Roar, Introduction to Tantra.”  It is not necessary to have read the book to participate in the class.  No experience with spirituality necessary. : ) Come as you are!
.
Teacher: David Klemm, Ph.D.
About David:  David Klemm, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of Iowa, where he taught modern religious thought (philosophical theology and hermeneutics) for nearly thirty years.  As an undergraduate, he majored in religion, with special emphasis on Asian religions, especially Buddhism.  In his senior year, he wrote a 225-page thesis interpreting the history of Buddhism called “A Phenomenology of Sunyata” (emptiness).  From 1970-73, he studied in Vermont with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, from whom he learned to meditate.  Throughout his career, he has continued his interest in Buddhism and his practice of meditation.
Nov
29
Wed
Meditation Class
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meditation Class

Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: suggested donation $5-10 sliding scale no-one will be turned away for lack of funds
Registration: None required.
Prerequisites: None. This class is suitable for all students.

Introduction to Meditation will prepare you to enter into several types of meditation practice. All of these practices are aimed at opening our hearts to compassion and wisdom.  We will explore calm-abiding meditation, Tonglen meditation and White Tara Meditation. Tonglen, or giving and receiving, is a practice of great compassion. White Tara meditation practice opens our realization of compassion within the uncompounded nature of reality. There is no experience necessary. This class is on a drop-in basis. You may join at any time.

Teacher: Tim Mullaney, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
About Tim: Tim Mullaney has been a practitioner in the Karma Kagyu lineage for nearly 40 years. His teachers include Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche and Tai Situ Rinpoche (who is his main teacher). He completed a transmission of the Ocean of Certainty (a major text on Mahamudra meditation) with Tai Situ Rinpoche in 2008.