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Greetings to The Wisdom Seat Community,
There are a few in-person spots left for our upcoming two events with Anam Thubten in September, and we are also offering these programs online.
We also have many partner events to tell you about below.
The Wisdom Seat
Public talk on Compassion and Wisdom by Anam Thubten
On Friday evening, September 22nd Anam Thubten will give a public talk at the Philadelphia Shambhala Center. This will also be online via Zoom.
Philadelphia Shambhala Center Friday, September 22, 2023
On Becoming Familiar with the Nature of Mind - A Vajrayana weekend retreat with Anam Thubten
Two day in-person retreat for Vajrayana practitioners. Anam Thubten will give instruction in the Buddhist practice of formless meditation and discuss how such a simple “effortless” discipline offers access to a profound and timeless realization of our humanity.
This is intended for Vajrayana students, or those with an extensive and dedicated mindfulness/awareness practice.
Pawo Khandro Ling September 23 - September 24, 2023
Ongoing offering: Online meditation every Wednesday evening from 6:15 to 7:30 Eastern Time
Worldwide Wednesday evening online sitting meditation practice.
We, at The Wisdom Seat, invite you to meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time to practice the sitting meditation discipline as taught in the Buddhist & Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Nyinthun: Everyone is welcome!
Ongoing offering: Nyinthun (in-person and online) on the first Sunday of every month. All day sitting interspersed with walking meditation.
The word nyinthun*, is Tibetan for “day session.”
In understanding dharma, Trungpa Rinpoche placed a strong emphasis on mindfulness/awareness meditation practice. This community practice of Nyinthun - all day sitting interspersed with walking meditation - gives us the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of our mind, make friends with our immediate experience and rediscover our natural sanity.
For 2023, we have changed the nyinthun registration site, so that you sign up for each nyinthun retreat day individually. This replaces the old way of just joining a nyinthun email list and receiving a monthly reminder.
This will help greatly by knowing how many people are actually coming to any given nyinthun, so we can arrange the shrine room to accommodate in person attendees, and plan for online attendees. Please take a look, and sign up to join us for some nyinthun retreat days. It is ok to join for as much of the day as you can.
The 11th North American Kagyu Monlam
Held at KTD
SUPPORTING NORTH AMERICAN KAGYU MONLAM
Presiding Master: Tulku Damcho Rinpoche
SEPTEMBER 9TH - SEPTEMBER 13TH 2023
Thousand-arm Chenrezik Empowerment: 9/09 10:30 AM
Morning Session: 8 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
Afternoon Session: 2 PM - 5:30 PM EDT
9/13 Afternoon: 2 PM - 5:30 PM, 7 PM - 8 PM EDT
In Person Only
Westchester Meditation Center
WMC's Sunday Open House
Our opening day is Sunday, September 10th with reception to follow from noon-2pm. All are welcome!
The Heart of Wakefulness
An in-depth exploration of the two most important features of mahayana buddhism—the discovery of buddha nature within and the ensuing cultivation of bodhicitta, the aspiration to bring all sentient beings to Buddhahood, as presented in the 2nd volume of the Profound Treasury Ocean of the Dharma series by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, edited by Judy Lief. (Wednesday night online 7pm-9pm)
Exploring Dharma Art
A course based on True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art, the teachings on Dharma Art from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Thursday night online 7pm-9pm).
We hope you will save the date for these upcoming WMC Special Events:
Special Guest Speaker Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Tuesday, October 24th at 7pm, in-person at the Aligned Center.
WMC's Weeklong Retreat With Judy Lief, Derek and Jane Kolleeny, and Gene Bobker in person at Garrison Institute. (January 19th-January 26th 2024).
The Profound Treasury Retreat
September 29 – October 8, 2023 Drala Mountain Center Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
FINDING WAKEFULNESS WITHIN CONFUSION Emotions, Wisdoms, and the Five-Buddha-Family Mandala Drala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado September 29 to October 8, 2023
MAIN CLASS - taught by Judy Lief In this class we will focus on the emotions. Emotions cause a lot of turmoil; they have a lot of power. How can we relate with these powerful forces with more courage, kindness, and clarity? Buddhist psychology has a lot to say about emotions and their potentially destructive power. It offers many ways of working with them. The starting point is to acknowledge our emotions and make a relationship with them.
COMPANION CLASS: MAITRI SPACE AWARENESS - taught by experienced Naropa Institute Faculty In 1972, Trungpa Rinpoche introduced a unique way to work with the five buddha family teachings, called “Maitri Space Awareness.” This embodied practice is a powerful way to relate directly with our emotional energies and within the environment around us.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
October 13 - 15, 2023 Enlightened Courage: Vital Instructions for the Cultivation of Awakened Heart Weekend Wisdom Intensive. Open to the public. Live Online & In-Person. Sponsored by Naropa University and Ri-mé Society. Venue: Nalanda Events Center, Naropa University. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, go to: Rabjam Rinpoche Info and Tickets www.naropa.edu/academics/extended-campus/rabjam-rinpoche
October 20, 2023 Vajrakilaya Abhisheka (7pm) and Gesar Entrustment (3pm). Restricted to Vajrayana students only. (For requirements, see below). This is a separate event being hosted by the Boulder Shambhala Center, so all inquiries should be directed to the Boulder Shambhala Center . For more information and/or to purchase tickets, go to: Vajrakilaya & Gesar https://boulder.shambhala.org/program-details/?id=658254
October 21, 2023 Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM MT. Public Empowerment. In-person only. Open to all.Sponsored by Naropa University and Ri-mé Society. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, go to: Rabjam Rinpoche Info & Tickets
October 22, 2023
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM MT Guhyagarbha and White Manjushri Abhishekas In-Person Only. Open to Vajrayana students only (see requirements below). Sponsored by Naropa University and Ri-mé Society. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, go to: Rabjam Rinpoche Info and Tickets
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche's New York Program
Saturday, September 30, 2-5pm Guru Pema Gyalpo, Manjushri, and White Tara Empowerments. Astoria World Manor 25-22 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY.
Sunday, October 1, 2-5pm Tikle Gyachen Empowerment and Choying Dzod Reading Transmission. Astoria World Manor 25-22 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY.
Tuesday, October 3, 9am-5pm Parinirvana Ceremony for Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Phuntsok Deshi Hall, Tibetan Community Centre 57-12 32nd Ave, Woodside, NY
Wednesday, October 4 "Discovering the Natural State". 7-9pm, SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd St.
For more information, go to: Rabjam Rinpoche in NY
"What we understand to be phenomena Are but the magical projections of the mind. The hollow vastness of the sky I never saw to be afraid of anything. All this is but the self-glowing light of clarity. There is no other cause at all. All that happens is but my adornment. Better, then, to stay in silent meditation." – Yeshe Tsogyal