“The best way to make the most of this life of leisure is to receive experiential instruction on all the stages of the path from the way to rely on a spiritual teacher up to calm abiding and special insight, and then to practice them each day…causing transformational experience of the stages of the path to arise.” The First Panchen Lama
Lamrim translates as “stages of the path” or “graduated path” and is a detailed and practical presentation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for the sincere practitioner. There are many different versions of Lamrim taught in the various lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. All are based on Atisa’s 11th century root text “A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment”. In this course, we will follow Je Tsongkhapa’s outline of the Lamrim from the “Lamrim Chenmo: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” and Pabongka Rinpoche’s commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”. The classes will be led by student teachers Dan D’Agostino and Cristina Sanchez, and will involve guided meditations, teachings on the relevant topics, as well as time for discussion and questions. While the course is open-ended and people are welcome to attend at any time, it would be most beneficial for participants to attend the majority, if not all, of the classes as the topics build on one another.
Wednesdays, weekly, from 7pm-8:30pm
Gaden Dakini Chod practice – for initiates of this sacred lineage.
For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:
When : Every Monday from 6:30-8:30pm.
What : Moving between sitting and walking meditations in alternating intervals of three 20 min sits and three 10 min walking meditations.
Sessions include an Introduction to mindfulness training. Includes basic instruction on Annapurna breathing with guided mindfulness of body through observation of the sense gates. We will enter into introductory discussions on the nature of phenomenon, causal interdependence and emptiness. This will be centerd around selected passages from Gelugpa Mahāyāna texts. Some weeks will offer a focus on an introduction to or deepening of our Metta practice. A chance for short discussion surrounding our individual process will be offered at the end of each Monday sit.
Led by Student-Teacher Josh Reichmann
“My learning and experience has come through culturally traditional teachings, fellowship recovery modalities and my meditation and Buddhist-philosophy practice with a lama’s guidance. As well as extensive Sangha (Buddhist community) support and vanguard institutional learning with teachers at the forefront of the healing community through ITM and the resources at Nalanda. I have been practicing Mahayana / Vajrayana Buddhism, meditation and Dharma work within a temple setting for the last four years. I am currently studying the LamRim, Mahāmudrā and engaging in other formally observed Tibetan Buddhist practices. I have been working an active 12-step recovery program since 2006. I have worked with shamanic healers, Gestalt therapists and addiction specialists for over 13 years. I am currently studying Contemplative Psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in conjunction with Nalanda University, NYC. I have been involved in men’s healing circles and retreat sweats for six years. I initiated and currently help host a Buddhist-based recovery meditation group and have led retreats through this modality. “