The Essence of Awakening -
Teachings on Compassion and the Nature of Mind
Weekend Retreat with Khenpo Kunga
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2017
Space is limited, so please register early
Compassion and wisdom are the basis for the path of awakening. The practice of compassion culminates in the commitment to benefit beings in any way we can. Wisdom manifests as the recognition of pure awareness, an experience that puts us in touch with the very source of unchanging and profound peace. In Tibetan Buddhism, wisdom and compassion are likened to the two wings of a bird, each equally necessary to take flight.
On Friday evening Khenpo Kunga will guide us in the practice of meditation. In the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the key point of meditation is to become familiar with awareness, which is the very essence of mind. Discovering this awareness allows us to experience mind’s natural qualities of ease, warmth, and clarity at any time and in any situation.
On Saturday Khenpo Kunga will show us how to access and expand the natural kindness and compassion that we discover in meditation as the abiding quality of the mind. Khenpo Kunga will draw his teachings from The Way of the Bodhisattva, one of the most cherished treasures of the Buddhist tradition. This remarkable text is unique in the profound simplicity of its teachings and its power to open the heart and transform the mind.
The Friday night and Saturday programs are open to anyone interested in meditation and the path of awakening, both new and advanced students.
Sunday - This path of awakening culminates in a direct recognition of the vast and brilliant essence of mind. The teachings and the methods that lead to this recognition have been passed down to us from teacher to student since the time of the Buddha. Khenpo Kunga, will be guiding us through this path as it is presented in the remarkable text, The Supplication to the Takpo Kagyus. This supplication reminds us of the essential points of the entire path in a way that is clear, direct, and accessible. Khenpo Kunga will also offer instructions on the nature of mind, drawing on the tradition of “pointing out teaching” from the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages.
Prerequisites - The Sunday teachings are open to anyone who has received ‘pointing out teachings’ from a qualified teacher. If you haven’t received ‘pointing out’ previously, you are welcome to attend the Sunday teachings if you have listened to the entire set of teachings on The Path of The Bodhisattva that are available on the Buddhist Center’s website - here. Because of the nature of these teachings and our commitment to Khenpo Kunga, we ask that you honor this restriction. Due to the progressive nature of these teachings, in order to attend the Sunday program, you will need to have taken part in the entire weekend.
About Khenpo Kunga
Khenpo Kunga is a scholar, meditation master, and a truly gifted teacher with the ability to share the heart of the path in a way that is clear, profound, and completely delightful. At fifteen, he undertook the rigorous three-year retreat in Eastern Tibet. Upon completion of the retreat he entered the renowned Dzongsar Monastic College near Dharamsala in Northwest India. After studying there for eleven years and receiving his Khenpo degree (roughly equivalent to a PhD), he taught at Dzongsar College for three additional years. These days Khenpo Kunga travels internationally on behalf of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and his worldwide Tergar Meditation Community.
Friday night only: Donation
Friday and Saturday: $90
Full weekend: $150
Enrolled Student: inquire about a discount
* Your generosity at the sponsor level enables us to offer work/study scholarships to those who otherwise could not attend.
Fri. evening - 7-9pm - at the library
Sat. - 9am-5pm - at the library
Sun. 9am-5pm - at The Buddhist Center
For more information contact Tim at 846-2699, Tim@zirkel.us