SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 7:00pm—9:00pm:
Scattering the Clouds—Working With Emotions
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 9:00am—5:00pm:
Wisdom Mind, Compassionate Heart—The Union of Ultimate and Relative Bodhicitta
On Saturday evening (November 26) Rinpoche will discuss Buddhist approaches to working with emotions including ways to release and transform emotions to reveal our innate wisdom. These teachings will touch on how to observe habitual tendencies as they arise and become aware of their origin and their impact on ourselves and others. It will also address how to use this awareness as a foundation for transforming emotions and gaining insight into our innate wisdom nature.
The program for Sunday (November 27) will cover the union of relative and ultimate bodhicitta, or, in other words, the union of profound compassion and deep insight. The relationship between cultivating tranquility and insight through meditation and developing compassion can at times seem paradoxical. Sitting alone in meditation practice can feel very self contained, perhaps even selfish. How can this be connected to compassion? On the other side the prospect of developing compassion for all beings can be overwhelming. How can this lead us toward freedom? This weekend teaching will address how the Buddhist practice integrates these two aspects of the path. Ringu Tulku introduces this in his book “Confusion Arises As Wisdom”:
“Bodhichitta brings wisdom and compassion together. One way this happens is that as our compassion grows, our self-centeredness lessens. With less self-absorption, our attachment and aversion decrease as well. The less attachment and aversion we have, the more our wisdom grows. In this way, compassion leads to wisdom.
It can also go the other way—wisdom leads to compassion. Wisdom is the direct experience of the true nature of our mind and our world. As our understanding becomes stronger, we become more fearless. As we become more fearless, we become less self-centered. This leads to less aversion and attachment, and this makes us more compassionate.”
Location for Weekend Teachings: First Unitarian Church of Portland, Buchan Building, 1226 SW Salmon St.
Monday Program Added—Registration Is Open!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 6:30pm—8:30pm:
A Question and Answer Session With Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and the KCC Community
On Monday evening (November 28) the KCC community will gather for question and answer time with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. Teaching in fluent English, Rinpoche is very at home in a question and answer format so we expect this to be a rich opportunity.
To start out the session, the Young Adult Group, the Mind Training Study Group, and the Chenrezig and Tara practitioners will have an opportunity to ask questions relevant to their practice. These groups have all been asked to prepare questions ahead of time. While a central purpose for this session is to give those who have invested time in these practices an opportunity for some focused interaction with Rinpoche, there will also be times during the evening for anyone present to ask a question. Due to time constraints questions will need to be succinct when presented and it will be helpful if you can to boil your question down to the essential point.
Please keep in mind that this session intended to be an opportunity for people who are active in the KCC community rather than the general public. Also keep in mind that it is not intended to be an introduction to these practices, so if you are not familiar with the practices, the context for a question (or answer) may not always be clear. But even so, it may provide a glimpse into new dimensions of study and practice that you can follow up on later.
Location for Monday Question and Answer Session: KCC Urban Center
Suggested donations for Rinpoche's teachings follow.
- Both weekend teachings (Saturday evening and Sunday): $100-
- Saturday evening only: $30-
- Sunday only (9:00am-5:00pm): $100-
- Monday evening: $20-
KCC incurs considerable expense in bringing these events to you, and we ask you to help us cover these costs by making the suggested donation or by offering a greater amount to help support the teachings for everyone. Your donation of any amount is appreciated, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
*Monday Question and Answer Session: Since space is limited at the urban center please register in advance and plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early. Those who have registered will have priority for seating until 10 minutes before the teaching.
Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist Master of the Kagyu Order. He is trained in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism under many great masters such as HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and HH Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche. His formal education was at Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok and Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India and he has served as Professor of Tibetology in Sikkim for 17 years. His doctoral thesis was on the Ecumenical (Rimey) Movement in Tibet.
Since 1990 Rinpoche has been traveling and teaching Buddhism and meditation at more than 50 universities, institutes and Buddhist centers in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. He also participates in various interfaith dialogues. He is the author of numerous books on Buddhism as well as some children’s books in both Tibetan and European languages.
Rinpoche founded Bodhicharya (www.bodhicharya.org), an international organization that coordinates worldwide activities to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings, and to promote inter-cultural dialogues and educational and social projects. He also founded the Rigul Trust (www.rigultrust.org), which supports his projects in his birthplace, Rigul, Tibet.
Rinpoche is the official representative of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa for Europe and the founder of Karmapa Foundation Europe (www.karmapafoundation.eu).