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KSD: The Paramita of Exertion – A Talk by Timaree Bierle-Dodds

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm America/Los_Angeles

Contact person: Jan Snyder

In the 2021 Year of the Iron Ox Shambhala Member practice books, the theme every month focuses on the six paramitas.

Paramita is translated as perfection in Sanskrit (pharchen) and “gone to the far shore” or “arriving at the other side” in Tibetan (phar phyin).

The six paramitas are generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation and wisdom. Tonight, during Kitchen Sink Dharma, we will contemplate and have a conversation about exertion.

One of the many acts of exertion informed by wisdom that one can offer oneself and others is to learn to meditate. How can this be so? What is your experience of exertion and learning to meditate?

From whom and how have we learned about exertion through our life so far? What is your experience of exertion as an internal strength mixed with body, speech, and mind expressions?

Next, if you are open to it, as Kitchen Sink Dharma participants, we will take a 10 minute break to perform a household chore.

We will return to have a brief discussion on how practicing exertion informs or influences the  completion of  household task.

Below are quotes from dharma teachers about transcendental exertion for consideration or contemplation. They are in this year’s practice book.

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche:

“Paramita practices are techniques that allow you not to grasp onto or propagate the notion of me-ness or ‘I am’.”

“Exertion means beinging consistent, continuous, and faithful to the practice. Being consistent allows you to have a sense of joy, rather than seeing practice as a duty that you have to perform.”

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:

“The Buddha taught six paramitas – courageous ways to live on Earth. The word paramita denotes a process: ‘arriving at the other side.'”

“With exertion we celebrate basic goodness by extending our windhorse to others. We can do this because we’ve overcome laziness.”


Timaree Bierle-Dodds became a Shambhala Centre of Boston member in 2000. Timaree is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2005 and a Shambhala Guide since 2010. She works as a pediatric home care nurse in Vancouver WA and enjoys the practices of Ikebana, contemplative photography, QiGong, and shrine keeping.

About Kitchen Sink Dharma:
How can our teachings and meditation practice enable us to meet the challenges of everyday life with open minds and hearts? Join us 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm for:

    • Guided meditation
    • An interactive dharma talk and discussion


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October 19
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm America/Los_Angeles
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