July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
with Ken Hockett
Dates: Friday, June 7, July 5, August 2 and future first Fridays.
Location: Sakya Monastery Shrine Room (except when there is puja upstairs)
Free, donations accepted
Compassion is the seed which, fully developed, results in perfect Enlightenment. Tonglen is a simple and effective method to develop Compassion in all its aspects. This is a self-initiated, self-driven practice which can be done any time, any place. These Tonglen practice sessions provide the serious student time to focus on this mind training element, to create skill in the practice and to integrate the practice of Compassion into one’s life.
In the first half hour instruction (7:00-7:30pm) will be provided as part of a structured practice. The following hour (7:30-8:30pm) will be free-form and students can focus either on Tonglen meditation or Shamatha meditation, each develops Compassion.
Ken Hockett is one of the senior Dharma students at Sakya. After much reading and study, he took refuge before H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya in 1977. His principal interest is in the Mind Training methods and has been teaching these at Sakya Monastery for over 15 years. Having received teachings and initiations from Lamas of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, his main teachers are of the Sakya and Nyingma traditions. He has also produced many of the practice texts used at Sakya Monastery.