Sundays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM / Dharma Talk or Gathering
April – June 2022
April 17: Santosh Philip “Touching the Silent Center of Sound through Kum Nye” How can we expand our hearing to enhance our sensitivity to sound? In Tarthang Tulku’s Joy of Being he writes, as sound “presentations pulse through our nerves and vital centers, feelings surge through our bodies like music, with tones that merge and blend to become experience. The more complete the sensations, the richer the feelings; the deeper the flow of feeling, the more profound the experience. Subtle, yet tightly held tensions melt…” Instructor Santosh Philip will talk on fine tuning our sense of sound through Kum Nye practices “that can enhance sensitivity to sound, revealing the power of sound to evoke … new dimensions … within ordinary experience.
April 24: Women’s Meditation
May 1: Jonas LaMattery-Brownell “Quest of Compassion: The Jatakas’ Paths of Joy” Jataka tales, Buddhist teachings for listeners of all ages and students of all levels, are stories of the Buddha’s former lives as a Bodhisattva, a “hero of enlightenment.” Aiming to liberate all beings from misery, taking birth as an animal, human, or god, the Bodhisattva acts selflessly beyond conventional limits, and with only positive effects. Nyingma Institute Dharma student and Kum Nye and meditation teacher Jonas LaMattery-Brownell will share his own journeys with Jataka tales and present several Jataka tales for group reflection, journaling, and discussion. The Buddha’s words can encourage us to reflect on the quality of our lives, understand the consequences of our actions, and open our hearts to the deep joy of selfless action. (From The Marvelous Companion: Life Stories of the Buddha)
May 8: Mark Henderson “The Wheel of Life” The Wheel of Life thangka, often displayed at the entrance to Tibetan monasteries and temples, vividly conveys key points of the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha. Encoded in visual art are teachings of karma cause and effect, afflicted emotionality, whole realms of lived experience negatively toned by that toxic emotionality, the twelve structural links that support and perpetuate suffering in samsara, plus gestures toward compassionate knowledge that sees through and joyously transcends the entire set up. Nyingma Institute instructor Mark Henderson will provide a condensed introduction to these profound symbols and meanings.
May 15: Olivia Hurd “Aging as a Spiritual Practice: Finding Inner Peace in Not Knowing What’s Next” In this Nyingma Psychology talk by Instructor Olivia Hurd, we will consider how this rich time of life as we age, a time of great change, can wake us up to positive opportunity right now. As we contemplate how the idea of ‘the future’ changes as we age, can we shift from fearful feelings of losing control to letting go, a more relaxing, open state of mind, of being comfortable with not knowing? We will contemplate some wisdom teachings from the Buddhist tradition on death and dying. Tarthang Tulku says, “Impermanence and death are integral parts of being alive; this realization can vibrate within us and wake us up… Of course it is never too late – but we do not know how much time we have left.”
May 22: Richard Kingsland “Introduction to the Heart Sutra” What is the Heart Sutra? What are its origins? Why is it important enough to be chanted daily in Buddhist temples throughout East Asia, even today? How does this enigmatic, single page sutra fit into the larger context of the Prajnaparamita, or Perfection of Wisdom teachings? In this talk, these and other questions surrounding this short and profound teaching that forms part of the basis for the development of the Mahayana and subsequently, the Vajrayana philosophical systems, will be addressed. Richard Kingsland, retired psychologist and Emergency Medicine physician, has had extensive travel and practice experience in India and Nepal. He has been a student of Tarthang Tulku since 1970.
May 29: Women’s Meditation