with Judith Simmer-Brown
June 13 / 6:30 PM - July 11 / 8:30 PM
White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times
This five-week recorded course introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddism. Emanated from the tears of the compassionate Avalokiteshvara, peaceful White Tara is said to witness the suffering of beings through her seven eyes, and she soothes their fear, calms their anguish, heals their suffering--both individual and communal--and extends their lives.
This is a lineage practice particularly relied upon in times of domestic and community turmoil and disharmony, and when personal or family health is threatened.
White Tara practices have long been popular in Kaygu and Nyingma communities; this particular short practice was composed years ago by Sakyong Mipham to soothe illness, disharmony, and suffering in the Shambhala community..
The lung (reading transmission) will be provided, and the course will be comprised of practice sessions and talks on compassion practice and the tradition of White Tara.
This course is open to practitioners who have a grounding in meditation practice and who are ready to commit to a compassion practice.
About the Teacher
Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practicioner since the early 1970's, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an Acharya (senior teacher) by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in 2000. Her teaching specialites are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddism, and contemplative higher education. Her book Dakini's Warm Breath (Shambhala, 2001), explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men. She and her husband Richard, have two adult children and three grandchildren.
This course is comprised of talks recorded at Shambhala Mountain Center's White Tara program in April 2019. It also includes the reading transmission for the practice, talks, contemplations, group practice, and group discussion.
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For more information, please contact Bonnie Winter at 250-791-9240 or [email protected]