Sunday, April 28, 2019

Register Today: Meditation Retreat with Younge Khachab Rinpoche

Dzogchen Introduction and Instruction

Rinpoche will be giving a Dzogchen introduction and teaching his terma text entitled “The Three Ah’s”, which directly introduce our own pure awareness or rigpa. Rinpoche will be presenting these teachings from the point of view of one’s practice based on his own extensive contemplation and experience. This is a rare opportunity to receive teachings and instruction from a true Dzogchen master.

May 4 - 5, 2019
10am to 5pm

Wise Orchid Taijiquan and QiGong
2002 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

  • $150.00 – Program Price
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Friday, April 12, 2019

In pursuit of happiness.

Happiness is elusive in our world, and yet it is happiness we seek. We all want to be happy, and yet the happiness itself is ephemeral.

When reciting the four immeasurables, we come across this first verse:

May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. 

This intention is vast and all-inclusive. The reality of that intention seems to be unrealistic and idealistic. It is not possible for all beings to be happy. Isn't the very nature of reality one of suffering and discontentment?

It is useful to think of happiness as a body of effort and work. Happiness is a fleeting emotion, and yet the body of causes and actions that contribute to that happiness can have lasting strength and durability. In this sense, our character, which is the result of values and principles acted upon over time, predisposes us to the enjoyment of happiness.

What we do today, what we act on and value, determines and becomes the cause of our future happiness. Choose wisely and act with intention.

Turns out happiness is a choice. 

*See you on the cushion this Sunday!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

What does resting not look like?

What does resting not look like?

Fighting yourself.
Vegging out.
Zoned out.
Tuned out.

None of those are how to rest in the natural state.

There is still time to register for the upcoming meditation workshop this Sunday. Register now!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Mirror of the mind.

When a dharma practitioner studies the dharma, they are looking through a lens by which they examine their own life.

Studying the dharma, we encounter a cosmic mirror that reflects back who we are in a heightened and revealing way. The dharma allows us to fully understand who we are, the nature of the human condition, and the ways in which we tie ourselves in knots. Seeing our predicament clearly, we can set out to untie ourselves.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Where does it hurt?

Contemplating the body, observing the body, it can be useful to ask yourself, where does it hurt? Where is there tightness or discomfort?

Observe that pain. Witness the tension.

Don't turn away from the experience. Open up to it. Breath into it.

Looking deeply into our experience free from reactivity, we engender presence and openness. This presence and openness is vulnerable, but it also carries authority. There is something true about our experience, a knowledge of our own condition and predicament.

The practice of looking deeply into our own human condition cultivates a rich inner life. It gives rise to an inner wealth and understanding that we can share with the world, carry out into the world. The practice opens us up to what it means to be human, and an appreciation for the very fact of being at all.