Thursday Evenings | 6:30-8:30pm
March 17th - June, September - October 2022
This course is based on the teachings within Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's latest book, The Mirror of Dharma. Dharma means the teachings of enlightened beings and this book is directed at those who sincerely wish to make practical progress on their spiritual path. The Mirror of Dharma clearly shows how we can solve our daily problems of anger, uncontrolled desire and ignorance, and how to make our life happy and meaningful.
Kadam Lucy James will share the commentary to this new book in this special series of classes, which are open to everyone. As one of Venerable Geshe-la’s earliest disciples, she brings to KMC Colorado deep experience from several decades of practice, and inspiring, insightful, and practical teachings and guided meditations.
Each class consists of a teaching, meditation, prayers, and time for some in-depth discussion.
"We can see and find the sun of the supreme happiness on enlightenment from The Mirror Dharma. How fortunate we are." —Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
The author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, is an internationally renowned meditation master and scholar. In this book, he explains as practical instructions the complete path to enlightenment, based on his deep experience gained from a lifetime spent in meditation.
Cost: $50 for each part of the series
Free for Monthly Supporters
No one turned away for lack of funds
In-Person Registrants: This registration type is for those who wish to attend mostly in-person. The expectation is that you are committed to attending the majority of the classes in-person. However, you can attend occasional classes livestream as needed; in-person registrants will have access to livestream links.
Livestream Registrants: This registration type is for those who are attending online only, not in-person. If livestream registrants wish to come in-person, please first check with KMC that there is space.
Video Recordings: For all those who have registered for the class, both in-person and livestream, video recordings will be available to re-watch all month and then for one week after the last class in that month's topic has ended. Video recordings will be posted within 24hrs of the live-streamed class.
May 5th-26th, 2022
Renunciation, or non-attachment, is a really light and happy state of mind, giving us a lot of mental freedom. Sure, we have to contemplate somewhat challenging subjects like death and the sufferings of samsara to arrive at it, but this is bringing us into touch with reality and we are always happier when we are less deluded.
As Venerable Geshe-la says: “Renunciation is not a wish to abandon our family, friends, home, job, and so forth and become like a beggar.” Buddha is not saying don’t enjoy yourself – he is suggesting that we can enjoy ourselves a great deal more if we just stop weighing ourselves down with attachment or "sticky desire" and its inevitable heartache.
Renunciation helps increase all our positive minds. Each day it draws us closer to lasting freedom from all suffering and its causes, in this and all future lives; and as such it is an essential component of the Buddhist path to liberation and enlightenment. This month is not to be missed!
May 5th: Being bound for freedom
May 12: Tired of living a cliché?
May 19: An existential wake up call with Jamie Holland
May 26: Living fearlessly
June 2nd-30th, 2022
The altruistic intention to be of ultimate benefit to others is the supreme good heart! The supreme good heart is bodhichitta and it is defined as a mind, motivated by compassion for all living beings, that spontaneously seeks enlightenment. In this section of the series we will learn how to develop this precious mind, grow it and maintain it until we attain enlightenment.
Summer Break: no class in July or August
September 1st-29th, 2022
The wisdom realizing emptiness, the true nature of reality, is profound. Through gaining experience of it we are able to let go of all those internal obstacles that hold us back from becoming who we really wish to be. Indeed, gaining a deep realization of emptiness has the power to liberate us from suffering altogether and to help us to actualize our highest potential, enlightenment.
October 6th-27th, 2022
In this series of classes Kadam Lucy will explain how to train in the meditation practice of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
Kadam Lucy James is a close disciple of the founder of our Buddhist tradition, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, having first met him in 1981. One of the senior teachers of Kadampa Buddhism, Kadam Lucy has taught extensively in England, Florida, and San Francisco, and helped set up many thriving Buddhist meditation centers in the past 40 years. Her main job for many years was also to help edit and produce Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s books. She has also engaged in several years of meditation retreat.
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