Program Details

Karma and the Nidanas (Westside)


with Cynthia MacKay & Lisa Oxley
November 1 / 7:30 PM - December 6 / 9:30 PM

Who am I? How did I get here, and where am I going? Looking directly at the experience of mind, we begin to understand our apparent confusion about ourselves and the phenomena of our world. Renouncing the painful cycle of confused action (karma), we use the natural inquisitiveness of mind to see how confusion arises and therefore how it could simply cease, allowing awake wisdom to manifest.



Karma — cause-and-effect action — can be broken down into twelve links, or nidanas. In this course we look at how these links work together, how the vicious circle of confusion and suffering arises and therefore how it can cease, allowing innate wisdom to manifest.




Pre-Requisites:  Students should be graduates of Shambhala Training Level V and the Way of Shambhala I or  have taken at least two Shambhala Center Buddhist classes under the previous Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies (SSBS), including "Taming the Mind".




Cynthia MacKay has been a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche for over 20 years. She has traveled extensively through Asia receiving teachings from many other renowned Buddhist teachers, including the 17th Karmapa. Cynthia is now following in her teacher's footsteps by running marathons. She is enjoying working with runners now that Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's new book has come out, Running With the Mind of Meditation.



Lisa Oxley is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and has been practicing meditation for over 10 years.  She is also a contemporary artist and arts educator, interested in particular in the zone where aesthetics, mindfulness, creativity, and creating a wakeful human society overlap.

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