Kagyu Changchub Chuling

A center for the practice and study of Vajrayana Buddhism founded by His Eminence Kalu Rinpoche

How Knowing Can Be an Obstacle to Insight

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” - Suzuki Roshi. And, "It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.  It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” - Mark Twain. Likewise in this teaching, Lama Michael explores what he calls the “professional beginner,” the obscuration of knowledge and the art of cutting assumptions about what meditation is actually about. Part 1 continues with a guided meditation session first using distractions themselves as the object of meditation, then feelings as the object of meditation.  Part 2 is the Q & A.  Part 3 is a guided meditation using sensations (The Four Foundations of Mindfulness) that is led by KCC teacher Julia King Tamang.  These Dharma talks and guided meditation instructions were given at KCC in Portland, Oregon, on October 28, 2012, during the Sunday morning meditation with Lama Michael Conklin, and during the evening session with Julia King-Tamang.

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