Tibetan Musical Instruments
Instructor Tom Schmidt
Tom will teach techniques for playing Tibetan instruments including cymbals (silnyen & rolmo), hand drum (damaru), Tibetan horns (gyaling, congling, radoong) and drum. This program is particularly suitable for student who wish to acquire skills in order to play music in group and personal practice.
With his solid background in music, and many years of experience playing and teaching, Tom offers a rare opportunity for Western students to learn how to play Tibetan musical instruments in a graduated approach from learning how to hold an instrument to gaining insight into techniques of generating the sound and musical forms.
November 23 • 10am—noon
Instructor Naomi Schmidt
Free of charge.
Naomi is a senior student with extensive experience in teaching meditation. She will offer shamatha (tranquility) meditation instruction and will lead a meditation session. This is a wonderful opportunity to get started with the practice of meditation.
November 23 • 1:30—2:30pm
The Nature of Reality: The Four Seals
Talk by Lama Jim Kukula
1. All compounded things are impermanent 2. All defiled phenomena are painful. 3. All phenomena are empty. 4. Nirvana is peace. These four short stanzas describe the apparent nature of our experience, its true nature, and the attainment of a reality beyond struggle. We are constantly frustrated in our search for a stable foundation underlying the evanescent display of experience. We discover a calm clarity as we disengage from this futile struggle. Our discussion will focus on this common thread that spans the vast diversity of Buddhist teaching and practice.
December 6—7 • 10am—Noon & 2—4pm
Songs of Barway Dorje
The Treasury of Eloquence is a compilation of the songs of realization of Terchen Barway Dorje (1836-1918). Like the well-known songs of Milarepa, they serve as a source of inspiration and guidance to contemporary practitioners. Though most of the songs were spontaneously composed for a particular disciple, their direct advice unmistakably points out the way to encounter the Buddha nature that is common to all. Made up of many pithy songs, longer pieces, guru yoga compositions, and prayers of aspiration and supplication, the Treasury of Eloquence contains a wide range of teachings and instructions that can be put to immediate use. Bardor Tulku Rinpoche will go through all the songs in the Treasury of Eloquence and give definitive commentary on their profound meaning.
From Bardor Tulku Rinpoche
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