The practice of meditation is to become aware of the already existing unchanging true nature of the mind. Confusion, anxiety, anger and hatred exist from a lack of knowing our true nature. Meditation is the practice where we can experience this true nature and "cut through" obscuring thoughts and actions and their impact to the mind and body. This class encourages embodied meditation. All the tools introduced in this class help to build a foundational practice that can be continued in one's daily life.
The essence of this class is best expressed through the following words from Garab Dorje, the first teacher of Dzogchen:
Three Principals of Garab Dorje--
Direct Introduction into one's own nature
Not remaining in doubt concerning this unique state
Continuing to remain in this state
Mind's nature is and always has been Buddha (one who is awake)
It has neither birth nor cessation, like space.
When you realize the real meaning of the equal nature of all beings,
To remain in that state without searching is meditation.
Influencing meditation methodologies that will be introduced in this series include:
Dzogchen - a method to bring one into the awareness of the natural state of luminous and pure mind (which is always present)
Mahamudra - Indestructible, unchanging bliss beyond subject and object, shape, thought or expression, the ultimate attainment. Not created or invented by anyone; therefore it cannot be destroyed. It is absolute reality. Originated with the mahasiddhas of the Pala Empire 8th - 12th century in India.
Shangpa - Oral Transmissions - To deepen practice and introductory teachings it is recommended that one obtain transmissions from a qualified master to effectively practice these forms of meditation. This instructor is grateful to the many teachers to have bestowed their blessings.