Hybrid: In person and via zoom
Discovering Buddhism Module 12: Wisdom of Emptiness, with Venerable Amy Miller in-person and online via Zoom. Co-hosted by Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, Tse Chen Ling Center in San Francisco, and Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek.
This will be the perfect opportunity to get together in person and support your local center!
All the 84,000 teachings the Buddha gave were ultimately to help us attain a direct perception of emptiness. That’s how important the profound experience of emptiness is on the path to enlightenment.
In this module of Discovering Buddhism, we will delve into the methods for bringing about the realization of emptiness, which is crucial for the attainment of liberation and enlightenment.
We will explore such questions as:
- What is emptiness?
- What is the relationship between emptiness, liberation, and enlightenment?
- What is the relationship between emptiness and dependent arising?
- What are the different ways to meditate on emptiness?
- How can we realize emptiness?
We will also learn how to develop calm abiding (shamata), the ability to remain focused in meditation for long periods of time without distraction, and understand how best to use that to meditate on emptiness. We will also discuss the accumulation of merit and purification of obstacles, which are indispensable for generating realizations.
This is the 12th in a series of 14 modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. Students may join at any point in the cycle yet for this module it is helpful to have some background in Buddhism. Discovering Buddhism is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. Each module includes teachings, meditations, readings, assessment questions, and a short half-day retreat.
While there will be an online Zoom presence for this class, consider joining us in person to reconnect with your local Dharma community. We will be hosting three sessions at Tse Chen Ling Center and three sessions at Land of Medicine Buddha with the final 1-4 p.m. practice period at Land of Medicine Buddha.
Tse Chen Ling Gompa: January 25, February 8 and 22
Land of Medicine Buddha Gompa: February 1, 15, and March 1
Practice Period: Land of Medicine Buddha Gompa: March 11, 1-4 p.m.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Venerable Amy J. Miller (Ven. Lobsang Chodren) first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in the spring of 1987 during a course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Since then, she has spent her time engaged in meditation retreats, study, teaching, and Buddhist center management throughout the world. Before meeting the Dharma, Ven. Amy was a political fundraiser in Washington, DC, and also worked for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco, California.
ABOUT DISCOVERING BUDDHISM
This is the fifth in a series of 14 Discovering Buddhism modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. You can do each module individually, as a stand alone course, and they do not need to be completed in succession. Discovering Buddhism is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. It aims to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful. For more information on the Discovering Buddhism program, please click here.
We recommend that students join Discovering Buddhism courses at the start of any given module and make a commitment to attend the entire module.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CERTIFICATION?
Certification is certainly NOT required to take this course, but it will be available for those who have interest in attaining the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Certification. Students who complete all modules and related certification requirements associated with the full Discovering Buddhism course will receive an official certification for this class from FPMT. If you plan to attend this Death & Rebirth Module with the aim of counting it towards your FPMT Discovering Buddhism Certification, please contact prior to this module’s start date, to indicate your commitment to completing all of this module’s ‘completion card’ requirements. (These requirements are likely to include full attendance of each class, completion of specific reading tasks, homework, meditation and an exam.) The FPMT Certificate program allows those who complete all 14 modules and the final retreat to apply for consideration to join the FPMT Teacher List as qualified to teach Discovering Buddhism-level courses at FPMT centers.
There will be a practice day required in order to suffice the requirements of certification. This will be held Saturday, August 20, 1 – 4pm
THE KINDNESS OF DONATIONS
Suggested donation: $25 per class, $108 for the 6-session series including the practice session, and $180 with sponsorship. For just the practice session, the suggested donation is $30.
When you select your ticket(s) and make your offering below please consider that this registration includes all 6 classes and the practice day.
|Date(s):||6 Wednesday evenings, 6 - 7:30pm. Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar 1, Practice Day: Mar 11 1-4pm|
|Times:||6:00 pm - 7:30 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Discovering Buddhism, In-Person, Ven. Amy Miller, Via Zoom|
|Type of event:||Dharma Classes|
|Number of sessions:||6, 1 Practice Day|
|Level:||All are welcome!|
|Participation:||Consistent attendance is most beneficial|
|Location:||Tse Chen Ling Gompa|
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