The following events take place at the Center|
441 Woodworth Ave - Missoula
Anyone is welcome to attend any of our programs.
We'll be focusing on sadhana and Lamrim meditations until the Christmas holiday. In Tibetan Buddhism we talk often talk about two types of meditation: stabilizing and analytical. In stabilizing meditation, the goal is to first calm the mind, placing it firmly and single-pointedly on a meditation object, such as the breath. Then analytical meditation is introduced. This includes identifying and deconstructing our negative emotions, cultivating positive qualities like love and compassion, and also includes techniques like visualizations and mantra recitations (sadhanas). We then try to place our focused mind firmly on an analytical conclusion. These practices are appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators alike.
Sadhanas & Meditations on the Gradual Path
Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create good karma. Thubten Chodron offers a commentary on one of the great Tibetan Buddhist poems, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, which shows, clearly and practically, how to eliminate the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others.
Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering
by Thubten Chodron
Available from Shambhala Publications or
These activities are open and free to the public. (Donations are gratefully accepted and recommended for visiting Teachers and retreats.) Osel Shen Phen Ling operates completely on donations; it is only through generosity that we are able to offer courses and bring visiting teachers to Missoula.