This collection includes three years of these teachings. 2013, 2014 and 2015 are all included.
Sam Bercholz 2015
THE ESSENCE OF PADMASAMBHAVA
A program based on connecting with the Seven Line Prayer and Vajra Guru Mantra as a quintessential practice. Looking into PadmaSambhava-ness, not just seeing Guru Rinpoche as an historical figure, but as the central entrance into the profound practice of the Nyingma lineage.
The talks and practices will be based on Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s teachings from Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, Sole Panacea and his oral instructions.
Sam Bercholz 2014
INSEPARABLE: Connecting with The Ultimate Guru (based on Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’sCascading Waterfall of Nectar)
Ngondro practice, while quite literally meaning “before going”, is a complete representation of Vajrayana practice and can be studied and practiced on a multitude of levels. A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, in the same way, while by name a commentary on the foundational practices, has many layers that can be studied with great reward by everyone from new practitioners up to the most seasoned. In this weekend course Sam Bercholz will explain some of the key points in this profound text, and aim to set the proper point of view and understanding for continued study of it for whatever level of understanding the listener is ready to receive. This particular program will focus on the sections regarding Guru devotion, both toward the outer and inner Guru, and the relation of that to the practice of Ngondro. The Guru is indispensible in Vajrayana practice, however one must not only think of the outer, physical form of the Guru in this regard, but also the essence or inner Guru. Through practice, we can connect with the ultimate Guru, which is beyond a particular form or time.
Sam Bercholz 2013
Establishing the View: The Golden Key to Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche’s magnum opus, A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar is a complete manual of enlightenment. It presents the complete Buddhist teachings up to and including The Great Perfection (Dzogchen).
This weekend will focus on developing “correct view” so that one can study this work and put it’s teaching into practice—a golden key that will unlock the meaning. These teachings show us how to train our mind to improve our life and those of humanity. This view informs our practice of meditative techniques, which brings us to an enlightened way of living our everyday life.
As Kathog Rigdzin Pema Wangchen Rinpoche writes in his foreword: “Even a person of this degenerate age with an outer Dharma form and the inner corrupted mind of a crazed wild elephant, overpowered by bad habits of the three poisons, by reading this commentary once will realize the benefits of renunciation and bodhicitta. Positive thoughts of Dharma will rise in one’s mind. The Ultimate wisdom blessings of the three lineages coming through the awareness holder Guru will fill ones heart.”
This course is appropriate for those newly interested in Tantric Buddhism and to practitioners of all levels. The weekend will conclude with the practice of a vajra feast based on these teachings.
Required reading: A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar, by Thinley Norbu
Sam Bercholz is a senior teacher in the Nyingma and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and the founder of Shambhala Publications. He has been a close disciple of Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and was empowered by them to teach. He has taught extensively in North America, Europe, and Australasia. He was particularly empowered by Kyabje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche to teach from A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar.
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