Wed, Oct 19|
Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina
Emptiness and The Inner Source of Unhappiness: Training in Ultimate Bodhichitta
Meditation classes with teachings by modern Buddhist monk Gen Norbu
Time & Location
Oct 19, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM EDT
Kadampa Meditation Center North Carolina, 528 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
About the event
“We are like travelers in a desert who exhaust themselves running after mirages, or like someone walking down a road at night mistaking the shadows of the trees for criminals or wild animals waiting to attack.” - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Modern Buddhism
Emptiness is the way things really are. It is the way things exist as opposed to the way they appear. Emptiness is not nothingness, and it is not just emptying our mind of all conceptual thoughts. Realizing emptiness is the method to release our mind from the ignorance of self-grasping. As the great Yogi Saraha said, “If your mind is released permanently from self-grasping, there is no doubt that you will be released permanently from suffering.” This is because the result of grasping tightly at appearances is that we develop self-cherishing, attachment, hatred, jealousy and other delusions, our mind becomes agitated and unbalanced, and our peace of mind is destroyed.
These classes will introduce emptiness in a practical way, applying an understanding of emptiness to our fears and exaggerations about our body, our self, and other things.
Recommended reading: Modern Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Free download here - https://tharpa.com/us/modern-buddhism-812.html
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