What we're about

We are a peer lead group all about Buddhist practice, discussion and inquiry. An open door for Buddhists of all lineages, as well as all who are interested in the teachings of the Buddha.

The principles the Buddha taught 2,500 years ago have led to happier lives for countless human beings, and apply today more than ever to reduce stress and uncertainties, and to provide peace and mental stability. We believe all beings are the same in their desire to be happy and not to suffer needlessly. Buddhism teaches that the mind is the cause of most of our problems, but can eliminate them, as well, through study and meditation.

We invite beginners and experienced Buddhist practitioners to join us in a relaxed atmosphere - with no obligation whatsoever. We only seek happiness, understanding, and compassion for ourselves and for others.

We begin our meetings at 6:30 pm with a 30 minute meditation followed by a dharma talk and group discussion until 8: 00. Please arrive on time. Because of county-imposed security regulations, we must lock the entrance door when our meeting begins.

We recommend that newcomers examine the 4 Noble Truths and the 8-fold Noble Path of the Buddha before attending one of our presentations and discussions, or attend one of our 'Introduction to Buddhism' meetings when announced on this website - and we invite those who are not familiar with meditation to post on our discussion page a request for brief instruction from one of our experienced practitioners, usually before the beginning of a meeting.

Finally, to remain a member you must attend a meeting or visit our Meetup web page at least every 7 months.

SPECIAL NOTE: Until such time that we can meet again in person, we conduct sangha by ZOOM. The room ID and information is listed on each event. In order that we may all receive optimal benefit from these sessions, we kindly ask you follow the following etiquette:

The room opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. (6:15) for social interaction.
Meditation starts promptly at 6:30 pm. If you arrive after that time, please meditate until one of the hosts is available to admit you following our group meditation.
Please keep your audio on mute until asked to unmute by the host.\
We like to be patient, but please know what you plan to say and make sure your comments are on-topic before addressing the group. Limit your contributions to two minutes
The meeting ends after the three breaths.

Upcoming events (4+)

Awareness...Our Pristine Mind

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Awareness...Our Pristine Mind:
A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness by Orgyen Chowang

Started Book Study[masked]
You may join at any time

Here is a link to our study page
https://www.iamawakenowwhat.us/Dzogchen/tues/PM.html

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We are up to Part Five
ENLIGHTENMENT:
FULLY AWAKENED PRISTINE MIND

24. The Third Stage of Awakening
Becoming Friends with Our Mental Events
Wind Blowing through Empty Space
Mastery of Our Mind
Enjoying Our Mental Events
Unconditional Happiness
The Healthy Way of Enjoying Sense Pleasures

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Becoming more conscious
throughout our day & night.
Discovering
the spacious quality of awareness
in which all experience
seemingly appears
and disappears.
Finding beauty in What Is.
Just As It Is

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Contact
https://avataradesign.wixsite.com/mysite-2/contact

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Here is a practice we can all do to help alleviate suffering in the world and break the "bubble" of self-centredness by cultivating Bodhichitta “open-hearted great-heartedness”, "the desire to realize enlightenment for the sake of others",Chitta means “mind” and also “heart” or “attitude.” Bodhi means “awake,” “enlightened,” or “completely open.”

Chenrezig Practice & Mantra
OM MANI PADME HUNG
Lama Lena
https://youtu.be/9i5nE1s1lO8

Chenrezig /Avalokiteshvara Empowerment
HHDalai Lama
https://youtu.be/Ti-L1BdhLw4

Preliminaries
https://youtu.be/iUWH3PIjZQ8

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Mud & Feathers...
Alan Wallace:
Dzogchen Meditation Instructions
https://youtu.be/mOVqFAFf9f0

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And Now for Something Completely Different...
The Kiffness
I don't know what to do
I don't know what to say
So I say Luga Luga Luga
Please go away Luga Luga Luga
Hey Hey
https://youtu.be/OEx09xPDULM

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Book Study: The Citadel of Awareness

Online event

Tonight we embark on a new spiritual journey and begin to study and contemplate the text titled "The Citadel of Awareness, A Commentary on Jigme Lingma's Dzogchen Aspiration Prayer." The aspiration prayer by eighteenth-century Dzogchen master, Jigme Lingpa, thoroughly covers the entire system of Dzogchen. It allows people to have a full comprehension of Dzogchen, including its philosophy. This book is a commentary on Jigme Lingpa's Dzogchen Aspiration Prayer, one of the most revered texts in the Nyingma Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It is written by Anam Thubten, a contemporary Tibetan Buddhist teacher known for his scholarship and ability to make ancient teachings accessible.

Reading Assignment: The Tradition of Dzogchen, pages 21-30
As these chapters are complex and may lead to much discussion, pages of study will depend on progress made each week and is subject to change.

TO PURCHASE BOOK:
The Citadel of Awareness, A Commentary on Jigme Lingma's Dzogchen Aspiration Prayer by Anam Thubten can be purchased at
https://mailchi.mp/dharmata/dzogchen
here is a link for best prices
https://dealoz.com/New-Used-Books/The-Citadel-Of-Awareness/9781732020849?query=The%20Citadel%20of%20Awareness

Zoom Room ID (link also below)[masked]

Meeting room opens at 6;15. Meditation starts promptly at 6:30. Book discussion to follow meditation.

To gain the most insight into these teachings, please read the chapters listed prior to attendance. As you read through the assigned reading, make note of what you find the most enlightening. Be sure to write down the page numbers so you can easily share your reference with the group.

For newcomers or those who have not yet purchased the book, please join us as we share and discuss this enlightening text.

In order that we may all benefit optimally from our Zoom sanghas, please observe the following steps of etiquette:

1. The room opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. (6:15)
for social interaction.

2. Meditation starts promptly at 6:30 pm. If you arrive after that time,
please meditate until one of the hosts is available to admit you
following our group meditation.

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Awareness...Our Pristine Mind

Online event

Awareness...Our Pristine Mind
Started Book Study[masked]
You may join at any time
Check weekly listing for where we are in the book
Our Pristine Mind:
A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness
by Orgyen Chowang
website
https://pristinemind.org/

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We will finish up chapter 14. with:
Understanding “the View”
Fantastic Bodies and Difficult Minds
Applying Meditation in the Midst of Difficulties
There Is No Resistance in the Present Moment
The Place and Time for Meditation
Dying with Pristine Mind

and continue on into
Part Four A GOOD HEART:
THE COMPANION TO PRISTINE MIND

chapter 15. Three Principles:
Realization, Meditation, and a Good Heart
Our World Is Colored by Our Mind
Four Components of a Good Heart
We Are All on the Same Flight

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Every week on Tue, until...

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Becoming more conscious throughout our day & night.
Discovering the spacious quality of awareness
in which all experience
seemingly appears
and disappears.
Finding beauty in What Is.
Just As It Is

*** ***
Contact
https://avataradesign.wixsite.com/mysite-2/contact

***
Here is a practice we can all do to help alleviate suffering in the world and break the "bubble" of self-centredness by cultivating Bodhichitta “open-hearted great-heartedness”, "the desire to realize enlightenment for the sake of others",Chitta means “mind” and also “heart” or “attitude.” Bodhi means “awake,” “enlightened,” or “completely open.”

Chenrezig Practice & Mantra
OM MANI PADME HUNG
Lama Lena

https://youtu.be/9i5nE1s1lO8

Chenrezig /Avalokiteshvara Empowerment
HHDalai Lama
https://youtu.be/Ti-L1BdhLw4

Preliminaries
https://youtu.be/iUWH3PIjZQ8

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