YESHE NYINGPO DENVER CLASSES SPRING 2018



YESHE NYINGPO DENVER

CLASSES SPRING 2018

(full descriptions of classes below)

 

Taught by: Lama Pema Chökyi (Gretchen Groth)

 

Loving Kindness: Meditation, Attitude & Behavior

            Mondays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

               AT 233 Dahlia, Denver CO 80220 (E. of Colorado Blvd, N. of 1st St)

7:00—8:30 pm

Suggested donation: $75

Intended for: New students and experienced meditators

 

The Seven Line Prayer

            Sunday, April 22

               AT 6830 Martin Luther King Blvd, Denver 80207

10:00 am–4:00 pm (lunch break provided)

Suggested donation: $35

Intended for: New and experienced meditators

 

Shinay Mindfulness

            Saturday, May 12

AT 6830 Martin Luther King Blvd, Denver 80207

10:00 am–4:00 pm (lunch break provided)

Suggested donation: $35 for new attendees, $15 for repeat attendees

Intended for: New and experienced meditators

 

Payment options: Payment by check or cash. Payments over time can be arranged. If the cost would prohibit you from taking the class, please attend and give whatever donation you can afford.

 

To indicate interest, intent to attend, or questions, please contact Gretchen Groth at 303-355-2767 or gagroth@att.net.

 

Loving Kindness: Meditation, Attitude, & Behavior

Loving Kindness, one of the Four Immeasurables (equanimity, compassion, empathetic joy), is essential for enlightenment. It can be developed with meditation, become a basic attitude underlying how we perceive the world, and, of course, manifest in our actions, our behavior toward others.

In class, we will explore how to develop Loving Kindness toward those who don’t like us, who are threatening to us, who love and like us, whose values/beliefs/positions we despise or admire, and toward

those we don’t even know. We will look at what encourages and inspires us to have Loving Kindness and what blocks or diverts us from it. In addition, we will address what makes Loving Kindness different from or similar to “love,” which often we assume to be variations of each other.

 

The 7-Line Prayer

The 7-Line prayer holds a very special place within Tibetan Buddhism as it manifested spontaneously from ultimate reality and it invokes the close connection to Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava). It has been said that repeatedly reciting this prayer, only this prayer, can lead to enlightenment. This prayer is often used to enhance the blessings of the Guru and Guru Rinpoche for all sentient beings. It is used to reduce obstacles that humanity is experiencing as well as individual humans. Generally, it precedes all tsoks and many spiritual practices.

As primarily a supplication to the Guru, this prayer is regarded as the embodiment of all refuges. As such it’s meaning spans outer, inner and the secret levels. This class will explore some of the more hidden and vast meanings.

 

Shinay Mindfulness

“The most important thing involved in meditation is simply letting the thoughts be: neither accepting nor rejecting the thoughts, but just simply having the ability to let them move.” Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche

How often do we move, speak and think in repetitive habitual ways?  How often are we on “automatic pilot”? How quickly do we assess our meditation as good, bad, frustrating, or expansive? When are our perceptions and actions fresh and awake?  What does a calm and peaceful mind look or feel like?

            Shinay focuses the mind on itself–to learn about itself. Within Vajrayana (Tibetan) Buddhism, shinay begins with meditation on an external object and progresses through various methods to experience the mind in its natural primordial state. Practicing shinay helps us to recognize the “grasping mind” as distinct from the content which usually fills the mind. As the grasping mind relaxes its “grip”, a natural relaxation and calm arises.

This one day seminar will introduce participants to several shinay methods, allowing time to practice and apply them. It is open to everyone: a very beneficial beginning to meditation or a strengthening of meditation for more experienced meditators.

 

Gretchen Ann Groth, Ph.D., has been a practitioner of Nyingma Tibetan Buddhism for over 30 years and is a student of His Holiness Dungse Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, son of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. She has been active with the Denver center, Yeshe Nyingpo Denver, from its beginning and has taught meditation and other Buddhist courses during this time. Several years ago, she was appointed as a Lama and given the name Lama Pema Chokyi. She teaches Psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

 

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