Teachings with Lama Mark Webber
April 5th to 8th.
Please join us for a rich weekend of teachings from Lama Mark Webber on the essential topics of Unifying mindfulness and Bodhicitta, Discovering Pristine Awareness (Mahamudra) and the Empowerment and meditations of Namgyal. These teachings are open to all.
Unifying Mindfulness with Bodhicitta
Friday Evening, April 5th 7-9 pm: Unifying Mindfulness and Bodhicitta. Teaching, explanations and meditations on how mindfulness-attentiveness can be merged with relative and transcendent compassion (Bodhicitta). Liberating the mind requires compassion for oneself and all other beings, and increasing our capacity and strength of body, speech and mind. Lama Mark explains the who, why, how, when and where.
Discovering Pristine Awareness
Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7th: 9:30 a.m.—11am & 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. Discovering Pristine Awareness (Mahamudra). Pristine, Naked Awareness or Mahamudra is a term for our mind’s innate nature. It also describes the meditation of unbinding and non-fabrication. Mahamudra, or 'great seal’ is the view of all experience as it is—emptiness as total awakeness and compassion. This series of teachings describes the preparations, graduated steps we take and the natural mode of mind free of all obscurations. Lama Mark Webber will be giving a reading transmission, teachings and meditations of Je Gampopa’s (11th cent.) essence text: The Single Sufficient Path of Mahamudra. This is an elegant and direct instruction of the essence-ground of mind, the meditations, path we need to follow and the result.; the inseparable unity of wisdom and compassion.
Empowerment and Meditations of Namgyal
Monday, April 8th 7-9 pm: Empowerment and Meditations of Guru Namgyal. This extraordinary three-part yoga was revealed in 1974 by the Ven. Karma Namgyal Rinpoche—Lama Mark’s principle teacher—while teaching in Peru. In Tibetan, Namgyal means victorious. The evening is an introduction and profound meditations whereby one opens up to the complete victory of Enlightenment. The evening will finish with a community feast (Tsog).
Costs: $20 + dana per class for casual attendance or $80 + dana for the full course
Donation/Koha/Dana for Lama Mark.
The Lama gives his time & wisdom freely. Please give as generously as you are able.
Registration and prepayment required. Full attendance is encouraged. Cost should not be a barrier to anyone receiving these teachings, so please get in touch if you are unable to afford this fee.
General: Bring pen and paper for notes. Tea/coffee and water is available in the centre kitchen.
Lama Mark (Lama Yongdu Chokyi Gyaltsen) has been studying and teaching Buddha-dharma for over forty years. For thirty years his main root teacher was the great Ven. Karma Namgyal Rinpoche who taught all three cycles of the Buddha’s teachings, including Abhidhamma, Vipassana in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw, generation and completion stage practices of the Tantrayana and Mahamudra/Dzogchen of many lineages, especially of the Karma Kagyu and Sakya. More recently under the guidance and request of Drikung Lho Ontul Rinpoche, Lama Mark has been teaching principally the richness of the Drikung Kagyu Mahamudra and Gongpo Yangzab Dzogchen traditions.
Lama Mark has a deep and long term interest and collaboration in a number of scientific fields and the arts which he integrates with the teaching of Buddhism.
His compassionate activities demonstrate a profound commitment to freeing beings from innumerable suffering states. Lama Mark’s emphasis with practitioners and students is on uncovering pure Dharma to reveal its extraordinary benefits and share the great joy of its deep study, meditative practices and integration into all aspects of our lives.
For more information about Lama Mark please see:
Sunday Study and Practice Group
Practice starts 10.15 am., Study Group at 11.30 am. every Sunday at the Nelson Buddhist Centre
Every Sunday there is an in-depth group exploration into the meaning of significant Buddhist teachings. The Sunday group has been operating for many months and participants have found it useful and enjoyable and so are keen for it to continue. Recently the group completed a cycle of study so now is a good time for newcomers who might like to take part to join in.
The current group consists of people from a wide range of backgrounds, not all Buddhist. All are most welcome.
The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas
by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo
A pithy set of mind training instructions which presents an entire view of the path of a bodhisattva, someone whose aim is to be of benefit to all sentient beings. If you want to know what the Buddhist path is, this is a complete description. It will doubtless provoke much thought and discussion.
Sunday Practice Session
10.15 - 11.30 am every Sunday
Each week, prior to the study group, there is a practice session based on the Rigdzin Practice Book which includes meditations on Manjusri (for clarity from confusion) and Vajrasattva (for purification of negative thoughts and actions.) It concludes with a short reading of the King of Prayers - Samantabhadra's Prayer for Excellent Conduct, an inspirational practice which invokes the highest aspirations of the human spirit.
You are welcome to attend either the practice session and/or the study group.
Cost: Donation at the door. Free to members.
A HOME FOR THE NBC
For several years there have been concerted efforts to buy a property to house the Nelson Buddhist Centre and some managerial staff. This move would end the NBC's uncertain tenure at Nile Street and create a centre that could be available and operate throughout the day. Many properties have been considered but nothing has quite met the requirements.
The main criterion is that the Centre is located close to Nelson central. The vision is to form a community facility, a place where the Buddha's teaching can be made accessible in an urban setting presented in traditional and contemporary ways.
We now have a sub-committee of enthusiastic volunteers who will be actively searching for a suitable property to buy or lease.
Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche - Update
Rinpoche is still in China and in a remote part hard to communicate with. He sends rare message always assuring us he is well and happy and thinking of us. He will return but we have to be patient.
If you would like to know more about Rinpoche, visit his website by clicking on this link.