Topic: Nine Stages of Shamata Meditation.
|September 23, 2016 - September 25, 2016|
|9.00am to 5.00pm|
|201 Tibet Drive, Danby Road, Route 96B, Ithaca, NY 14850|
|Geshe Jamyang Nyima|
|For Registration call – 607-229-9641 or email- firstname.lastname@example.org|
A Weekend Intensive Retreat With Geshe Janyang Nyima -Translation by Palden Oshoe
Topic: Nine Stages of Shamata Meditation
Date: September 23 to 25, 2016
Venue: 201 Tibet Dr, Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850
Shamatha Meditation is an important part of practice from the Buddhist perspective. The ultimate benefit of Shamatha practice is attainment of the arhat state, also called self-liberation. According to this direct teaching of the Buddha, one can overcome the root of our afflictive emotions and achieve the perfection of ultimate liberation through this practice. Meditation must be the core of one’s practice. From the very first moment a person realizes it is necessary to embark on a spiritual path until the moment when liberation has been attained, meditation must never be set aside. Through the practice of Shamatha one will gradually experience attainments in Vipasyana, also known as insight meditation, until eventually they come to experience the perfection of the arhat state. The Seven Points of Vairochana Dharma Gestures:
Physical Posture: In order to become an advanced Shamatha meditator, we must begin to harmonize the physical body with mind and the energetic body. The Seven Points of Vairochana Dharma Gestures provide a method to harmonize the mental, physical, and energetic bodies with the Mother Earth. When we synthesize the physical positioning of the body with meditation then we are able to sit comfortably in a state of relaxation and tranquility. There are three distinct types of Shamatha: Form Meditation, Formless Meditation, and Natural State/Equanimity Meditation. There are three types of experience you will have during meditation: resting mind, changing mind, and observing mind. The experience of resting the mind is one in which the mind is not influenced by any positive or negative notions. Gradually one becomes able to rest the mind, which in turn allows one to also begin to recognize the changing mind. Recognition of the changing mind is a state within which the mind becomes aware that it is influenced by various thoughts. The experience of the observing mind not only recognizes both the resting mind and the changing mind, but it also recognizes the mind itself. This is called the cultivation of witness consciousness. This final realization is the ultimate accomplishment of the perfection of Shamatha Meditation.
Venerable Geshe Jamyang Nyima was born on 16th November 1965 in Kham Lithang, Tibet. At the age of 13 Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche taught him Tibetan Language and memorizing classical Buddhist Texts. In the year 1982 he was enrolled at Lithang Jamchen Chokhor ling Monastery and later became the Chant Master of the Monastery. In the year 1989 he escaped from Tibet through Nepal and then to Dharamsala where he got audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and in the same year he went to South India and joined the Drepung Gomang Monastery. He has completed his 14 classes of Buddhist dialectic studies along with Dharmakirti’s, Perfection Vehicle, Madhyamika, middle way school, abhidharmakosa tika and others for 24 years of study he got his PHD degree of Buddhist both in Sutra and Tantric called Geshe Lharampa Degree. Year 2008 to 2011 he has worked as the Treasurer of the Gomang Monastery and from July 2011 he was selected to be the teacher of Namgyal Monastery students where he teaches both Sutra and Tantra till coming to Ithaca Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies.
8.30 – 9.00 AM Simple Breakfast
9.00 – 10.15 Morning 1stSession
10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break
10.30 – 12.00 Morning 2nd Session
12.00 – 2.00PM Lunch Break
2.00 – 3.15PM Tea Break
3.15 – 3.30 Tea Break
3.30 – 5.00PM
8.30 – 9.00AM Simple Break Fast
9.00 – 10.15 Morning Session
10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break
10.30 – 12.00 Conclusion Session.