Program Details

Friday Night Talk: Limitless Ayatanas: Awakening Through Sense Perceptions

with Judith Simmer-Brown
January 15 / 7:00 PM - January 15 / 8:15 PM

“In some religious traditions, sense perceptions are regarded as problematic, because they arouse worldly desires.  However, in the Shambhala tradition, which is a secular tradition rather than a religious one, sense perceptions are regarded as sacred.  They are regarded as basically good.  They are a natural gift, a natural ability that human beings have.  They are a source of wisdom.”

         –Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, from Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

 The Shambhala teachings show how the experience of sense perceptions have the potential of awakening us to basic goodness, our own and that of others.  Through direct appreciation of the beauty of a flower arrangement, the flavor of a delectable dish, the melodious notes of a song, our vitality may be restored and our minds opened.  This talk will trace the themes of sensory awakening in meditation and the Shambhala arts, showing this unique path to a fuller sense of our humanity.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown has recently retired from 43 years of teaching Buddhist studies at Naropa University as a founding faculty member.  She was empowered as a Shambhala acharya by the Sakyong in 2000, and is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath (Shambhala 2001) and Meditation and the Classroom (SUNY 2010).

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