Big Love: a Daylong Silent Retreat on the Four Immeasurables
With Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has often commented that the essence of spiritual practice is cultivating a good heart. As important as meditative quiescence and insight meditation are within the Buddhist tradition, it is crucial to balance such practices with the cultivation of altruism; practice of the four immeasurables is the ideal technique for achieving this goal.
The Four Immeasurables, or the Four Brahmaviharas, as they are called in the Pali tradition, are:
- Empathetic Joy
These characteristics are essential qualities to develop on the spiritual path, and can enhance one’s development of bodhicitta, the wish to become enlightened for all sentient beings. This daylong retreat in silence will include an explanation of these practices along with guided meditations. It is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners wanting to deepen their experience of the Four Immeasurables.
What to Bring
The retreat will be held at the Wish Fulfilling Temple, located just beyond the main stupa. Follow the paved one way all the way to the parking lot at the Temple.
Bring your own packed lunch, water bottle, clothing layers, and notebook and pen.
About the Instructor
Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading Be Here Now and early translations of Buddhist sutras in the early 1970s, and then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism. From 1992 to 2000, Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period.
Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a touring teacher in the FPMT, and began teaching in prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.
Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth levels, and is also a teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance (a secular program developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman). She is also a certified teacher in Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. Venerable Tenzin joined the faculty at Land of Medicine Buddha in August 2018.
|Date(s):||Saturday, March 21|
|Times:||10:00 am - 4:30 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi|
|Type of event:||retreat|
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|Level:||Open to All|
|Location:||Wish Fulfilling Temple|
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