Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol
Abbot of Thrangu Tara Abbey Nunnery
The Four Powers of Purification of Negative Karma
Wednesday 23rd October 7:30pm
We may unknowingly make a mistake during any activity. After we make a mistake, however, it is extreemly important to confess and purify it. No more than a few people will willingly commit bad karma with full awareness of what they are doing. All negative karma and moral downfalls happen through four gateways:
1. Not knowing,
2. Not respecting,
3. Lack of care, and
4. Predominance of delusion
Generally speaking, there is nothing positive about negative karma, yet the fact that it can be purified is said to be its good quality. Accordingly, with strong regret, we should purify negative karma by means of four powers. The four powers are:
1. The power of the basis
2. The power of the remedial action
3. The power of rejection
4. The power of not reverting to faulty conduct.
Wednesday 30th October 7:30pm
Loving-Kindness is not something to be wished for, mimicked, or developed in some future time. It is always accessible. It is always with us and waiting ot be tapped as an innate quality of the mind. At first, it might not be immediately obvious how sitting in isolation and focusing on the breath can benefit other people, but when we're training the mind to be kinder, less judgemental and more understanding, it makes sense that meditation can have a positive effect on our relationships and the world around us.
The more we meditate with loving-kindness in mind, the more we foster compassion and let go of judgement and hostility. The more we familiarize ourselves with our own pain and suffering, the more we understand the quiet suffering in others. The mind, when unobscured by self-centered thinking, is kindness. We must first cultivate a sense of loving-kindness toward ourselves with the intention of being kinder and more forgiving toward others. For many people, it can feel strange and perhaps even indulgent to spend a meditation directing kindness inward. But the more we notice how it feels to take time out for ourselves and the more we enjoy how good that feels, the more easily we are able to share it outward. Compassion for others begins with self-compassion.
Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol became a monk at Thrangu Monastery Nepal at the age of six and in 1998 became the youngest Khenpo in the Monastery’s history. Khenpo-la was appointed as teacher of the Monastic College for two years. From 2003 to 2010, Khenpo-la served as the Principal of Shree Mangal Dvip School. From 2014 - 2016 Khenpo-la was appointed Vice President of Nepal Buddhist Federation. Khenpo-la is currently a senate of Lumbini Buddhist University and is Abbot of Thrangu Tara Abbey Nunnery.
Buddhist Summer School
11-14 January 2020
Maitripa Centre, Healesville
A rich tapestry of traditions has been woven by Asian cultures around the essence of the teachings of the Buddha, who lived 2500 years ago. The enduring nature of Buddhism is symptomatic of its integrity as a spiritual discipline. Over the past several decades Westerners have begun to learn from and participate in the diversity and essence of Buddhism.
Over the 36 years since its founding, the annual Buddhist Summer School has become one of the foremost gatherings in Australia for Buddhists from various traditions to discuss and explore relevant topics, bringing insight and practical advice from each tradition. The 37th annual Buddhist Summer School will offer courses on Buddhist philosophy, practice and psychology by esteemed teachers.
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