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Jorchö (Preparatory Practices for Buddhist Meditation) with Geshe Namdak
September 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
About this teaching
Geshe Namdak will be giving a teaching on Jorchö. These more extensive preliminary practices enable us to fully prepare our mind to generate realisations of the stages of the path to enlightenment, by allowing us to accumulate vast stores of merit and purify negative karma and obscurations. They include, for example, visualising the field of merit, taking refuge and generating bodhicitta, making a seven-limbed prayer, offering a mandala and ritual bath, and making requests to the gurus and lineage masters. Often done at the beginning of a meditation session, or as the first session of the day during retreat, each practice has a specific purpose, and combined together, provide practitioners with the most conducive internal conditions to make progress in their meditation on the Buddhist path.
Is this for me?
It will be assumed that students have some familiarity with the meditations of the Lam Rim and the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism in general.
- – 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 1
- – 11:30 – 12:00 | Tea Break
- – 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 2
- – 13:00 – 14:00 | Lunch
- – 14:00 – 15:00 | Session 3
- – 15:00 – 15:30 | Tea Break
- – 15:30 – 16:30 | Session 4
About the teacher
After completing his university studies in Hydrology, Geshe Namdak worked as an environmental researcher in the Netherlands. He began studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute and was eventually ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama before completing the 20-year Geshe degree at Sera Jey monastic university in India, as well as the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College. He is now Resident Teacher of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre.
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