Program Details

Karma & the Path of Enlightenment

with Jay Lippman
January 19 / 8:30 AM - January 20 / 5:00 PM

Life is full of inequities. Some people are rich while others are poor. Today's happiness turns into tomorrow's misery. Innocent children die young; tyrants seem to live forever. Why? The Buddhist teachings on karma offer an explanation for the ways things unfold in our lives. Through the study of karma, Buddhists find the motivation to practice virtue and to work with their minds. In his recent books and teachings, Sakyong Mipham has stressed the importance of understanding karma in order to grasp the subtle Warrior teachings on emptiness, luminosity and bliss. The teachings on karma are profound and have the power to radically change how we live.

This weekend will present material based on the famous ancient text: the Abidharmakosa by Vasubandu, and not currently taught in any other course within Shambhala.

Breakfast, coffee break snacks, and small reception on Sunday will be provided. Saturday lunch is a group lunch at the Center, bring your own lunch or order out as a group for sandwiches, salads, etc. (menus provided). Sunday lunch is on your own to wander where you want. There are restaurants within walking distance from the Center.

Jay Lippman has been a student of Shambhala since 1974 and is a senior teacher and advanced meditation instructor. In addition to being a student of Chogyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham, Jay is also a Vajrayana student of the yogi/scholar Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso. Khenpo Rinpoche, at the invitation of Sakyong Mipham, taught the sutras and tantras to senior students in Shambhala for many years. Jay was directed by Khenpo Tsultrim to teach a variety of specific courses in order to clarify key points of Buddhist teachings for Western students.

Jay is known for his genuine commitment to serious dharma study and practice, for his sense of humor, clarity and accessible style. In recent years Jay has become a popular teacher in the San Francisco Bay area. He teaches at Bay area Shambhala centers several times each year.

Prerequisites: None, open to everyone.

Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle.

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