The purpose of meditation practice is to be aware of, or in touch with, the reality of self, others, and the environment and to adjust our existence to the unconditional reality. This can be accomplished through developing meditative insights and skills (acquired during the weekly evening meditation sessions) then integrating these elements into all aspects of daily life.
Our meditation is primarily based on the tradition of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism which encompasses a complete Buddhism: Theravadan (self-realization), Mahayana Bodhisattva (altruism) and Mahayana Vajrayana (ultimate transformation).
Meditation training encompasses three classical meditations: 1) Shamatha meditation (concentration) which develops concentration through mental stability and clarity. 2)Vipassana (contemplative) meditation which develops wisdom that enables one to realize the unconditional reality of existence. 3) The skillful combination of Shamatha and Vipassana to further advance mental stability and wisdom.
Lojong means development of the mind or perceptual thought transformation. Developing the mind is the essential purpose and meaning of all Buddhist Teachings. Based on Mahayana Bodhisattiva practice, Lojong teachings focus on how to manage adverse conditions in life and transform them into factors conducive to benefiting self and others. Lojong teachings are recommended for individuals interested in exploring cognitive transformation and social activism. Social workers, teachers, counselors and healers may find these teachings especially relevant.
For a description and schedule of opportunities to pactice regulary with the Nalanda Institute in Olympia, go to Weekly Practice. For directions see Location
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