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Join us this summer for Discovering Buddhism: Mind and Its Potential With Venerable Tenzin Drolma.

In this module, we will examine what the mind is, what its nature and function are, and how it affects our experiences of happiness and suffering. We will explore the difference between mind and brain, the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning or end, and we will learn methods to transform negative thoughts and attitudes, turning the mind to cultivate positive potential. We will also explore questions such as:

  • What is the nature of consciousness?
  • What accounts for the continuity of consciousness from moment to moment?
  • What are the different levels of consciousness, and what are their respective roles in spiritual practice and realization?
  • What are the different types of consciousness, and what are the different mental factors that can be involved in each type?
  • What are the root delusions, how do they arise, and how do they disrupt our lives?
  • What is the essence of spiritual transformation?
  • Is it possible to eliminate delusions from our mind completely?

Discovering Buddhism an FPMT Study Program designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. The program is designed to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful. Each module includes teachings, meditations, readings, assessment questions, and a short retreat. For more information on the program, please see Discovering Buddhism.

Attend any or all*** of the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, July 3 – 6pm-7:30pm
  • Friday, July 5 – 6pm-7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 7 – 11am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 10 – 6pm-7:30pm
  • Friday, July 12 – 6pm-7:30pm
  • Sunday, July 14 – Retreat Day  11am-12:30pm

***If you are interested in receiving a certificate for completion of this module, please contact education@maitripa.org.

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We strive to operate our community programs at Maitripa College within the model of a gift economy, grounded in an understanding of interdependence, and sensitive to the dynamics of connection. In traditional Buddhist teachings as well as in indigenous cultures, deep relationship is established through giving. In this spirit, we invite you to connect to Maitripa College by giving however you are able, in order to establish the reciprocity that deepens and strengthens relationship.  Click below for donation options. May your generosity ripen in abundance for yourself and all beings everywhere.


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