"Buddhism is a way of life through which we develop the qualities of our mind. This way of life is very unusual, as it is a means to attain happiness without harming others.THE 17th GYALWA KARMAPA
« Practice helps one to accumulate some merit and to develop qualities, but it does not make up for the ultimate result. Enlightenment is obtained on the basis of a clear understanding of instructions and their integration into practice.»Lama Jigmé Rinpoché
Lama Jigmé Rinpoché, boosted by his 30-year experience of teaching in France and Europe, saw that the results we are obtaining through our meditation practice are not what they should be. For several years, he has been insisting on the need to base our practice on solid foundations to obtain the desired goal, enlightenment. These foundations consist in study of the teaching which leads to a progressive and authentic understanding, integrated in a personal fashion. With the wish to offer everyone the keys for a right understanding, lama Jigmé Rinpoché designed a study and meditation curriculum, simple and progressive, which allows everyone to engage on a path which suits one’s capacities and to obtain corresponding results. As far as study is concerned, he wished that some notions be presented first on a general level, then be taught again, more deeply and precisely. These notions are emptiness, buddha nature and the various modes of knowledge. Scholars in these fields have been invited to Dhagpo to talk about one or another of these themes on the basis of reference texts of the Karma Kagyü lineage, such as the Treatise that Shows the Heart of the Tathagathas, and the Treatise that distinguishes between Ordinary Knowledge and Wisdom by the third Karmapa Karmapa Rangjung Dorjé.Even though study is essential, it is useful only in direct relationship with meditation practice; this is why during each course of this curriculum guided meditation are provided during daily workshops. Lama Jigmé Rinpoché himself teaches on the way to combine the important points of the study program with direct practice. With regards to meditation practice, three options are offered: the meditation on calm abiding (shamatha in Sanskrit, zhiné in Tibetan), Vajrayana practice (on for example Amitabha, Avalokiteshvara, etc.) or the guru yoga (on the Buddha Shakyamuni, for instance). To prevent Buddhist practice from being disconnected from reality and to root it in one’s daily life, Lama Jigmé Rinpoché provides precious advice so that practice is not limited to the meditation cushion but on the contrary grows in size and fits in our daily life. The curriculum takes place during four yearly courses as well as during review and consolidation week-ends (please refer to the program for more information). To help everyone to study the teaching given during those courses, the Dhagpo Kagyü Ling team produced booklets that transcribe the notions presented during previous courses, practice instructions and advice by Jigmé Rinpoché. He also encourages people to form study groups which meet on a regular basis; group work indeed allows everyone to exchange and check one’s Dharma understanding. These booklets are available onsite at the Dzambala shop. The team is also happy to now offer some extracts online.
How to get them?For individual use,the booklets are only available onsite, in Dhagpo Kagyü Ling, at the Dzambala booksphop, all year long. The Dharma Groups should contact the secretariat of DKL
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