Tibetan Meditation Group
Thursday evenings 7:00-8:30pm
We openly invite new and experienced Tibetan practitioners alongside those with curiosity or affinity for Tibetan Buddhism to join together to support one another in an open practice that will include: loving kindness and calm-abiding meditation contained within the structure of Recitation of Tibetan opening and dedication prayers. The weekly practice structure will also include discussion of general practice questions and a study of core texts on Metta, Shamatha, and foundational elements of vajrayana in general.
Over the centuries, Tibetan Buddhism developed multiple schools and practices. While the core teachings are the same in all traditions, people can wind up following a specific guru or lineage that is different from others, even in the same community. The EBS Tibetan meditation practice group is open to everyone who is interested in the Tibetan traditions generally, looking for a teacher, or for a community of other vajrayana practitioners. No matter what practices each of us is doing privately or individually, we can support one another by coming together and practicing the methods that are shared by all Tibetan traditions.
Together, we will study, practice and discuss these meditation styles:
Calm Abiding/Mindfulness – Shamatha
Insight/Awareness – Vipashyana
Loving Kindness – Maitri (Metta)
Compassion – Karuna
Our core texts are:
Stillness, Emptiness and Insight, by Lama Dudjom Dorjee, a representative of the Karma Kagyu lineage and resident Lama of Karma Thegsum Choling in Dallas, Texas http://ktcdallas.org/
Awakening Through Love, by Lama John Makransky who is a professor of Buddhist studies at Boston College, a senior faculty advisor and lecturer for Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal, and co-founder of The Foundation for Active Compassion www.foundationforactivecompassion.com
Our spiritual advisor:
We are also most fortunate to have the support and guidance of Dorjé Lopön Hun Lye, a Vajra master in the Drikung Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and founder of Urban Dharma in Asheville, North Carolina www.udharmanc.com