An Evening of Buddhist Study & Cultivation:
Shakyamuni Buddha's Teachings
& A Practice to Receive the Blessings of Shakyamuni Buddha
Thurs July 27, 7pm – 9pm
See local address below
Please join us as we understand the view of causality from the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, and how they relate to our lives today. After some study time, we will do a meditation practice. This study group is a companion to the classes taught by our Lama on the weekend. Rinpoche has taken a little break to rest and also to give new students a chance to join and get caught up - this is a great opportunity to check out this group if you are interested or curious!
Through the study part of the evening we will understand more about how Buddha's teachings provide a framework for understanding all the causes and effects in the universe. We will learn about the principles of causality and understand how they relate to our everyday life, how one can start to reduce and then eliminate the afflictive emotions and negativity in our mind and in our outer conditions. By understanding truths that Buddha mastered and taught, we will learn how to begin to gain more freedom in our lives.
This evening we will have the opportunity to do a profound practice related to Shakyamuni Buddha that is unique to our lineage. Our lama Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche passed this practice to us for the first time one month ago. People said they when they do this practice they feel more energetic, lighter and brighter in their minds, more compassionate and closer to the Buddha’s heart and way of seeing all beings. Rinpoche anticipated this big effect that and said it will be very helpful for new and existing students to continue to build experience with this practice - it will have an even deeper function over time. This will have a quick effect on our minds so the numb will be replaced with the vibrant mind.
These classes are open and suitable to all people.
* This week we will have just one study group on Thursday.
Interested students will have opportunities to attend classes with Rinpoche during his summer series.
About our Lama
Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche is the 68th lineage holder of Nagavara Raja Lineage. He has studied all forms of Buddhism from the three vehicles. He is very familiar with what present-day cultivators need, what we lack and how to best help us.
“Developing the qualities of humility, honesty, kindness, and purity is the first step towards successful cultivation.”
Rinpoche not only teaches us Buddha’s teaching or knowledge, but also leads students to do the practices that will help them the most. Methods that we learn are connected together and will become sets of special practices so our mind starts to transform in the direction of the Buddha’s mind. You will learn how to apply Buddha’s teachings effectively and efficiently in your daily life. Rinpoche will guide and ensure that you are able to enter Buddha's correct Dharma path.
It is hard nowadays to find a Guru who is responsible and fully committed but who also has the ability to flexibly apply the Dharma in his teaching, without incorporating worldly concerns. Rinpoche promotes recovering the pure Dharma and traditions of Buddha's time and also is committed to promote the old Kadampa tradition's spirit of Lama Atisha.
“Rinpoche is very skillful in arranging teachings and cultivations to correct and improve students’ attitude and ability quickly. It is very difficult to find a Dharma master like Rinpoche in the present time.”
Please Reply and RSVP if you plan to attend, thanks! -Manjushri Buddha Dharma Lineage
For questions, please text Zach at[masked] 2568.
How to find us
In the Aptos area, we meet in a private home at 91 Lilly Way, Watsonville, near La Selva Beach / Manresa Beach area. The house is 15-20 minutes south of Cabrillo college, or 10 minutes from the San Andreas freeway exit. It is easy to find using GPS or mapping software, just make sure it takes you via Zils Road. If you need help during your journey, please call the house phone at [masked] 3560. If this is your first time, we suggest you try to come 10 minutes early. Maybe bring a small flashlight or use the one on your phone. Parking is along the low green wooden fence.
If you don't have GPS:
• Take San Andreas Exit from highway 1, turn onto San Andreas towards ocean. After 4 miles (shortly after KOA campground), turn right onto Zils Rd. The small mile markers on the side of the road will show 4 miles.
• On Zils, turn right onto the private road called Lilly Way, which is the last possible turn from Zils road before Zils turns into a “Keep Out” / private driveway. Towards the end of Lilly, you will see a 2 story olive green house at a sharp bend in the road. Park at the low green fence and come to the front door, you will see a Welcome sign on the front door. See you there! -Karen