SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 7:00pm—9:00pm:
Scattering the Clouds—Working With Emotions
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 9:00am—5:00pm:
Wisdom Mind, Compassionate Heart—The Union of Ultimate and Relative Bodhicitta
On Saturday evening (November 26), Rinpoche will discuss Buddhist approaches to working with emotions including ways to release and transform emotions to reveal our innate wisdom. These teachings will touch on how to observe habitual tendencies as they arise and become aware of their origin and their impact on ourselves and others. It will also address how to use this awareness as a foundation for transforming emotions and gaining insight into our innate wisdom nature.
The program for Sunday (November 27) will cover the union of relative and ultimate bodhicitta, or, in other words, the union of profound compassion and deep insight. The relationship between cultivating tranquility and insight through meditation and developing compassion can at times seem paradoxical. Sitting alone in meditation practice can feel very self contained, perhaps even selfish. How can this be connected to compassion? On the other side the prospect of developing compassion for all beings can be overwhelming. How can this lead us toward freedom? This weekend teaching will address how the Buddhist practice integrates these two aspects of the path. Ringu Tulku introduces this in his book “Confusion Arises As Wisdom”:
“Bodhichitta brings wisdom and compassion together. One way this happens is that as our compassion grows, our self-centeredness lessens. With less self-absorption, our attachment and aversion decrease as well. The less attachment and aversion we have, the more our wisdom grows. In this way, compassion leads to wisdom.
It can also go the other way—wisdom leads to compassion. Wisdom is the direct experience of the true nature of our mind and our world. As our understanding becomes stronger, we become more fearless. As we become more fearless, we become less self-centered. This leads to less aversion and attachment, and this makes us more compassionate.”
NOVEMBER 28—29: Additional Events To Be Announced
There are tentative plans for Monday and Tuesday morning (November 28—29) in Portland, including a Monday evening discussion period when Rinpoche may address topics such as Chenrezig and Mind Training. On Tuesday afternoon, Rinpoche will be driven to SCOL to spend two days with our Three-Year Retreatants and the SCOL staff.