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White Tara: A Soothing Practice for Difficult Times

with Judith Simmer-Brown
October 16 / 6:30 PM - November 27 / 8:30 PM

This seven-week course, with recorded talks by Acharya Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown, introduces the short daily practice of White Tara, one of the most famous bodhisattvas of compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. 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.

The lung (reading transmission) will be provided, and the course will include talks on the new science of compassion, compassion practices, the tradition of White Tara and practice sessions.

All are welcome for the first two classes. Beginning at class three, however, full registration in the class is required. This course will be facilitated by two long-time practitioners and teachers, Susan Boychuk and Blake Halwa.

Prerequisite: This course is open to practitioners who have a grounding in mindfulness meditation (at least one year) and who are ready to commit to a compassion practice.

Teacher (recorded talks by): Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978.

A Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s, she became a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1974, and was empowered as an acharya in 2000. Her teaching specialties are meditation practice, Shambhala teachings, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, 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 has also edited "Meditation and the Classroom: Contemplative Pedagogy for Religious Studies".

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