Going Deeper III – Summer/Fall 2013 Retreat Sept 28 – 29

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Dear friends,
Pasadena Bodhi Path will be having its third retreat of the year next month. Khedrub will be guiding us through a retreat the weekend of Sept 28 – 29,  9am – 4:30pm.
Meditation is the single most powerful tool to experience both the confusion and wisdom of our mind. We progressively train to be aware and let go of all that clouds our ability to see clearly: we transcend delusion and fully awaken to the enlightened state of profound peaceful wisdom and compassion. Study in the context of a retreat can enhance practice.During this two day retreat, we will continue reading Gendun Rinpoche’s “Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master.” This is not a scholarly work but guidance straight from Rinpoche’s heart, meditator to meditator.  With support from both a teacher and fellow students, retreat is the ideal situation to practice and study intensively, allowing our understanding to deepen naturally.You are warmly invited to join us for the entire retreat or any part. This will be the third retreat offered this year in the Pasadena area and we hope to be able to continue to offer retreats locally on a quarterly basis progressing through Rinpoche’s book at a pace set by attendees. You are encouraged to purchase the book, available at Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.

More details will be forthcoming. Pre-registration is required. The retreat will be held at a private residence in Glendale. Space is limited, so the number of participants for the program will be 10-15. If you wish to attend, please write to pasadena@bodhipath.org and ask for the registration form.  Please fill it out and send back.
Once you have registered we will send you the pertinent details.

The retreat will be offered free of charge. If you are inspired, you are welcomed to make a teacher’s offering during the program.We hope you can join us!Yours in the Dharma
cesar
Pasadena Bodhi Path Center

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A Gift of One Hundred Million Manis

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Dear Friends,

This summer there was a great celebration in France for the completion of the fifth and final project envisioned by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa aimed at establishing the Dharma firmly in the West — the Library and Institute at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling. In recognition of this accomplishment and in gratitude and support for H.H. The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa’s world-wide activity, Bodhi Path centers are making the commitment to collectively accumulate one hundred million mantras of Om Mani Padme Hung.

Please join us in accomplishing this commitment, and bring your tallies of mantras to the center, email your tallies to pasadena@bodhipath.org or log them at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bodhipathmanis/.

We will present our center’s total in September at the Bodhi Path Annual  Program in Natural Bridge, Virginia.

Thanks!

Boundless Awakening: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation

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We have a few of Shamar Rinpoche’s pocket-sized book on meditation, Boundless Awakening: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation for a donation of $5. Pick one up at our next class or visit the Bodhi Path store.

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Verse 107 & Verse 108 – Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend

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And without concentration, wisdom too.
For someone who has both, samsara’s sea
Fills no more than the print left by a hoof. (107)

The Kinsman of the Sun did well pronounce
With silence on the fourteen worldly points.
On these you must not ponder or reflect,
With them your mind will never be at peace. (108)

 

This week we continued our study of Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend. We discussed verse 107-108. Verse 107 pointed to the importance of both shamatha (concentration) and vipashyana (wisdom) for one to attain nirvana.

Verse 108 pertained to the views one has to abandon, in particular views on which the Buddha did not give an opinion, but rather remained in silence. Known as The Fourteen Questions to Which Buddha Remained Silent.

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Weekly Schedule

Meditation & Buddhist Study with Dharma Teacher Khedrub Zangmo.

This class has been ongoing in Pasadena since January 2004.

We meet every Wednesday from 7pm – 9pm for Meditation, Teachings and Discussion at the Pasadena Senior Center.

The first half of the class focuses on the practice of meditation. Meditation instruction is offered at the beginning of class.

If the session has already begun when you arrive, please feel free to join us.

Any and all questions regarding meditation practice are most welcomed.

The second half of the class we typically read and discuss a section of a Buddhist text in order to understand and apply the teachings to our daily lives.

Currently  we are studying Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend, a classic Buddhist text that lays out the entire Mahayana path in 123 poetic verses.

Please see our Meetup announcement for more details.

www.meetup.com/Bodhi-Path-Pasadena

Beginners are always welcomed.

A $10 donation to help support the center is suggested.

However, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Pasadena Senior Center 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA

Please enter through the main entrance to the center.

Let the security guard at the door know that you are there for the meditation class.

Parking spaces at the Senior Center are limited so if you cannot find a space there, you can park in the parking structure on the southeast corner of Holly and Arroyo

Your parking ticket will be validated in class.

There is also free street parking after 6 pm on Holly St., east of Arroyo.

If you wish to be on our mailing list, please visit www.bodhipath.org/pasadena/
or write to pasadena@bodhipath.org and ask to be on our mailing list.

thanks!

Tilopa’s Six words of Advice

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Don’t meditate, don’t think, rest in naturalness.

Welcome!

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Welcome to the Pasadena Bodhi Seeds Blog. We are made up of members of the Pasadena Bodhi Path Center. On this blog you will find announcements for upcoming programs, our current schedule, and news and stories regarding our local dharma activities as well as many other activities!