Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center is hosting classes and discussions on The Buddha’s Teachings on Mind Training and The Path to Full Awakening of the Buddha: The Lam Rim
Classes will meet Wednesdays, September 9 – October 14th.
Bodhi Tree Center
5403 SE Center St.
Portland, OR 97206
The Buddha said, There is nothing easier to tame than the Mind and nothing more dangerous than an untamed Mind. Come and get support to tame the mind and heart from a wise, caring group .
This ongoing class is taught by senior students, Karma Zopa Herron and Cat Wilson. In our weekly meetings, we explore the Lam Rim teachings, briefly meditate on the teachings, then through group discussion we apply what we learn about the teachings to our daily lives.
You may drop in or attend all sessions. As always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Your dana (a generosity offering) will help to cover expenses for this class.
The Buddha gave teachings in order to share with us his realizations about the path to enlightenment. In the early 11th century, the Indian Buddhist master Atisha condensed essential points from the Buddha’s teachings and wrote them in the text, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. This was expanded upon in the 14th century by the Tibetan Buddhist master, Lama Je Tsongkhapa in the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment, the Lam Rim Chenmo.
These teachings are very practical. They offer methods to help us understand our circumstances and eventually uncover our own Buddha Nature. The teachings give us the tools to deal with everyday difficulties, and show us how to live meaningful lives.
Recommended Texts (not required)
For the LAM RIM:
- Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment – 3 volumes by Lama TsongKhapa, Shambala Publications, 2000.
- Steps on the Path to Enlightenment by Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Wisdom Publications, 2004.
- Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path by Venerable Thubten Chodron, Snow Lion Publications, 2007.
For MIND TRAINING (Lo Jong):
- The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul, trans. by Ken McLeod, Shambala Classics, 2005.
- The Seven Point Mind Training (2nd ed.) by B. Alan Wallace, Snow Lion, 2012.
- Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron, Shambala Classics, 2001.
For more information about the class, contact Zopa at email@example.com.