Find the peace that already lies inside of you when Shangpa Rinpoche gives an introduction to shamatha meditation at a free season, open to the public, at the West Tisbury library on Friday, April 14, from 7 to 8:30 pm.
There are several methods of shamatha, or calm-abiding, meditation, but they all have the same purpose, according to a press release from the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center: to enable the mind to remain peacefully and uninterruptedly in a stable state of one-pointed concentration over an extended period of time. On Friday, Shangpa Rinpoche will speak about this meditation practice and give basic instructions on how to do it.
On Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, at Bodhi Path in West Tisbury, four sessions with Shangpa Rinpoche will be held, two each day, from 10 am to noon and another from 2 to 4 pm. The public is invited to come to any or all of them. Shangpa Rinpoche will provide teachings on the practices of shamatha and vipashyana (insight) meditation, according to the profound path of Mahamudra.
Since 1982, Rinpoche has overseen the Karma Kagyu Buddhist Center of Singapore at the request of Shamar Rinpoche. Shangpa Rinpoche is also abbot of Vikramashila Buddhist Institute in Nepal, Tharpa Choeling Nunnery in Mustang, and Drubgyud Choeling Monastery in Lumbini. In 2004, Rinpoche founded the Kagyu Institute for Buddhist Studies in Kirtipur.
Donations support the costs of the program, and an additional voluntary donation to thank and support the teacher is welcome and can be given separately. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of the ability to donate. For more information, call 508-696-5929 or visit Bodhi Path online.