Date(s) - October 8, 2018 - November 19, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Vajra Vehicle of Tibetan Buddhism
With Tergar Instructor Edwin Kelley
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
The Vajra Vehicle of Tibetan Buddhism is considered a “short-cut” to enlightenment. This profound approach to awakening is rooted in the understanding that buddhahood is not a goal to be achieved, but an immanent reality that we can recognize in the present moment. Various tools are used to bring about this recognition: meditations that employ the imagination and symbolic imagery, exercises designed to harness the power of the body’s subtle energies, and pith instructions that guide the meditator to a direct experience of the luminous purity of the mind’s true nature. In this six week seminar we will explore the most important principles and practices of the Vajra Vehicle. The outline for this course is as follows:
- Class 1: Taking the Fruition as the Path
- Class 2: The Power of Imagination
- Class 3: Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom
- Class 4: The Subtle Body ~ Prana, Nadi, and Bindu
- Class 5: Nature of Mind ~ Mahamudra and Dzogchen
- Class 6: Empowerment and Samaya
- Secret of the Vajra World by Reginald Ray
- Dzogchen Essentials (recommended reading)
A detailed course outline and study guide will be sent out after registration.
Exploring Buddhism is a multi-year study program that covers the core teachings of the Three Vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism: the Foundational Vehicle, the Great Vehicle, and the Vajra Vehicle. These teachings address the full spectrum of Buddhist thought and practice, starting with teachings on the Four Noble Truths and leading up to the philosophy of Buddhist Tantra. The Life and Teachings of the Buddha is the first in this multi-year program.
About the Instructor:
Edwin Kelley attended his first meditation retreat in 1975 and has practiced in both the Theravada and the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He was Executive Director of the Insight Meditation Society from 1996-2003 and has a postgraduate diploma in Buddhist Studies. Edwin is a long-time student of Mingyur Rinpoche. In addition to his work as a senior instructor, he currently serves as co-executive director, and is a board member for Tergar International.
Mondays – October 8, 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tergar Minneapolis / St. Paul
1621 E Hennepin Ave, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Program fee: $90
Senior (65+), full time student and those with limited incomes: $60
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Tergar Meditation Community of Minneapolis/St. Paul
Tergar Meditation Center, Minneapolis MN, United States