Boundless - Generosity and How to Develop It
A public talk with Keith Rowan
6.45 pm Wednesday 27th February after the 6 pm meditation.
The development of generosity is a step on the path to waking up to the sublime nature of reality as it is, beyond hope and fear. Generosity is the antidote to the tightness of grasping. We will consider
what makes an act truly generous and how it is of benefit to the ‘giver’ as well as the ‘receiver’
... and also, what this grasping is all about anyway.
Cost: Free, though any donation to support the Nelson Buddhist Centre is welcomed.
Keith Rowan is a regular presenter at the Nelson Buddhist Centre. His style is to reveal the teachings of the Buddha without jargon or dogma in a way accessible to anyone open to considering new ideas.
A Path of Joyful Awakening
An Introduction to Buddhist View and Practice for Anyone Serious about Being Happy.
Presented by Keith Rowan
Every Thursday from 7.15 pm. to approx. 8.45 pm starting March 7th. for 8 weeks (to April 25th.)
This is a course designed to help anyone who is interested in understanding the Buddha’s teaching and, step by step, to embark on the path of joyful liberation. It is a way to start at the beginning. But beginning doesn’t mean unimportant or ineffective. The issues to be explored and the practices we will undertake together are profound and powerful at the beginning, middle and end of the path. Therefore the classes can be of benefit for anyone who is prepared to open to the task.
Buddhism is not about belief but about authentic discovery of what makes things tick motivated by a wish to see all existence established in happiness free from difficulty.
Each class will be a mixture of study, discussion and meditation practice. Participants will be required to commit to every class and be prepared to do some study and practice in between. Nothing too arduous!
The course is offered by Keith Rowan. Keith has had a lifetime engaged with Buddhism and has had the good fortune to be directly guided by some wonderful instructors and mentors. His enthusiasm and confidence in the Buddha’s teaching can be infectious so beware J
Any questions you may have can also go to Keith.
This course is given for free.
Any support you may want to give to the Nelson Buddhist Centre through the offering bowl at the door is an affirming act of generosity.
Teachings with Lama Mark Webber
April 5th to 8th.
Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of Unifying mindfulness and Bodhicitta, Discovering Pristine Awareness (Mahamudra) and the Empowerment and meditations of Namgyal. These teachings are open to all.
Unifying Mindfulness with Bodhicitta
Friday Evening, April 5th 7-9 pm: Unifying Mindfulness and Bodhicitta. Teaching, explanations and meditations on how mindfulness-attentiveness can be merged with relative and transcendent compassion (Bodhicitta). Liberating the mind requires compassion for oneself and all other beings, and increasing our capacity and strength of body, speech and mind. Lama Mark explains the who, why, how, when and where.
Discovering Pristine Awareness
Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7th: 9:30 a.m.—11am & 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Discovering Pristine Awareness (Mahamudra). Pristine, Naked Awareness or Mahamudra is a term for our mind’s innate nature. It also describes the meditation of unbinding and non-fabrication. Mahamudra, or 'great seal’ is the view of all experience as it is—emptiness as total awakeness and compassion. This series of teachings describes the preparations, graduated steps we take and the natural mode of mind free of all obscurations. Lama Mark Webber will be giving a reading transmission, teachings and meditations of Je Gampopa’s (11th cent.) essence text: The Single Sufficient Path of Mahamudra. This is an elegant and direct instruction of the essence-ground of mind, the meditations, path we need to follow and the result.; the inseparable unity of wisdom and compassion.
Empowerment and Meditations of Namgyal
Monday, April 8th 7-9 pm: Empowerment and Meditations of Guru Namgyal. This extraordinary three-part yoga was revealed in 1974 by the Ven. Karma Namgyal Rinpoche—Lama Mark’s principle teacher—while teaching in Peru. In Tibetan, Namgyal means victorious. The evening is an introduction and profound meditations whereby one opens up to the complete victory of Enlightenment. The evening will finish with a community feast (Tsog).
Costs: $20 + dana per class for casual attendance or $80 + dana for the full course
Donation/Koha/Dana for Lama Mark.
The Lama gives his time & wisdom freely. Please give as generously as you are able.
Registration and prepayment required. Full attendance is encouraged. Cost should not be a barrier to anyone receiving these teachings, so please get in touch if you are unable to afford this fee.
General: Bring pen and paper for notes. Tea/coffee and water is available in the centre kitchen.
Lama Mark (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for over forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Karma Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. More recently under the guidance and request of Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been teaching principally the richness of the Drikung Kagyu Mahamudra and Gongpo Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.
Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism.
His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.
For more information about Lama Mark please see:
Gathering of Taras - Dance Practice
See Calendar for dates and times
This month's practice of the uplifting dances of Peace and Wisdom Mind – The Tara Dances. Women come and join us at the Nelson Buddhist Centre.
Enquiries to Catherine:
548 8046 or 0273232098