The Teaching: Stages of Our Meditation Path

You can watch or listen to our review sessions of teachings from the 2015 retreat (audiovideo) and the 2016 retreat (audiovideo).

The retreat theme is called “Stages of Meditation” because we each progress along our own path, through stages of skill in working with our minds, and through stages of unfolding insight. We can also approach meditation through the stages of foundational technique, stages of study and contemplation in analytical meditation, and the stage of post-meditation when we leave our cushions and try to move though our lives with greater compassion and skill towards ourselves and others.

Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen’s approach to teaching asks us to contemplate our personal path. No matter what Buddhist path we are following, whether we are just beginning or have been practicing for a long time, the questions Lama Tenpa poses help us consider our path, including (but not limited to) our past and current practice, what is obstructing us at this time, our relationship to our teacher, our motivation for practice (past and present). For more about Lama Tenpa’s teaching, see below.

Mitra Mark Power facilitates this contemplation, again considering motivation and aspiration, but also exploring our approach to life and practice from an experiential dimension— what we do once we get up from our cushions.

Acharya Lhakpa rounds out these presentations by teaching foundational practice methods.

The Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness

Lama Tenpa will continue his series of teachings on the Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness. If that sounds abstruse, don’t worry— Lama Tenpa makes it real and immediate.

Lama Tenpa, a student of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, was requested by him to update the presentation of this teaching to make it completely relevant and accessible for our time and culture. Through pith verses in the classic presentation, Khenpo Rinpoche expresses the essential points of the primary schools of Buddhist philosophy, each with progressively more subtle and refined views of the reality of shunyata (emptiness or selflessness). Khenpo Rinpoche’s and Lama Tenpa’s teachings provide not merely philosophical views but also the methods of meditation practice that allow the student to recognize these realities themselves. Beginning with rather coarse commonsense understanding, one progresses through increasingly subtle and more refined stages until one arrives at complete understanding.

Lama Tenpa’s many years of experience teaching students at Naropa University as well as at retreats and meditation centers around the world are in evidence in his engaging, humorous, disarming and penetrating style. You can get a taste from Lama Tenpa’s opening words from our 2015 Winter Retreat here

VarjaEchoesIcon95x96Audio recordings available. Although not required, interested students can obtain the audio recordings from the 2015 Winter Retreat and the 2016 Winter Retreat from Vajra Echoes. These are available for a 25% discount by entering the coupon code “Winter” (case-sensitive) when ordering.

2015 Winter Retreat: Audio Download, MP3CD2016 Winter Retreat: Audio Download, MP3CD


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