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How to Achieve Calm Abiding – With Geshe Rabga
From Sunday, 17. November 2019
To Saturday, 23. November 2019
Location : Main Gompa
Tibetan depiction of the nine stages of development of calm abiding, as obstacles to concentration are overcome by their antidotes
Illustration from the northern outer wall of Root Institute's Main Gompa (click to view larger version)

Calm abiding (Sanskrit: Shamatha; Tibetan: Zhine) is a state of extraordinarily stable, one-pointed concentration. It is cultivated on the bodhisattva's path because, even if one's mind has insight born of the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, without this laser-like focus it will not have sufficient power to overcome one's deep-seated, innate ignorance and fundamentally transform one's mind on the path to enlightenment.

It is said that the deepest cause of the development of calm abiding is the practice of pure ethics.

On that basis, a solitary retreat is called for, in a very quiet place with excellent conditions for practice.

Another vital preparation is to clearly understand the nine stages of development of calm abiding, each with its own obstacles to concentration and specific antidotes, with instructions on how and when to apply them. The aim of this course is to give students such a clear basis of understanding.

This course will be taught by our resident geshe, Geshe Ngawang Rabga, in Tibetan and translated by our experienced English translator.

Schedule

Sun 17 Nov Welcome to Root Institute
4:00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening Meditation
Mon 18 to Fri 22 Nov (Note: 19 Nov is Lhabab Duchen, a Buddhist holy multiplying day; during this day the schedule will include Buddhist prayers and practices which students are encouraged to join.)
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
12.00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Meditation
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Teachings with Geshe-la & questions and answers
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Sat 23 Nov  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Teachings with Geshe-la
12:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Meditation
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Last Teachings with Geshe-la

 

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.