Getting It, Keeping It, Losing It
with Heather Marriott ~ Sunday 29 January ~ 10:30am – 4pm
Having a loving relationship is often seen as the key for a happy and successful life. However, a blissful relationship is often difficult to achieve and when things go wrong, can be the cause of much suffering.
In this one-day course, registered Psychologist, Couples Therapist and Buddhist Practitioner, Heather Marriott, will explore how we can cultivate wisdom and compassion in our relationships, from the perspectives of both Western psychotherapy and Buddhism. She will discuss:
- The notion of attachment
- How we can work with our minds and projections
- Managing emotions
- Intimacy – obstacles and opportunities
- Passion vs compassion
- How our relationships with others can enhance our spiritual lives
- How our spirituality can benefit our relationships
- Embracing solitude
FEEDING THE UNCONSCIOUS
PERSPECTIVES ON MINDFULNESS
with Lyn Hutchison
Sunday’s in February 2pm – 4pm (5, 12, 19 & 26)
The unconscious is that mysterious swamp where our animal-self lurks, ready to rear up at just the wrong moment and, yet again, wreck the life we so painstakingly assembled. Ever out of reach, mysterious and dangerous. Or so the myth goes. But, that is not how Buddhists are taught to see the mind in action.
According to Buddhism, we feed the unconscious all the time, reinforcing habitual tendencies by repeating past mistakes. The unconscious is accessible and discoverable, through mindfulness.
Traleg Rinpoche taught mindfulness as much more than blissing out in tranquillity. It’s a pointed paying attention to what’s going on now. The land of the unconscious is then no longer a mysterious, inaccessible, treacherous swamp at the back of the mind. Which is, as Traleg Rinpoche said, self-empowering. Trained in the Tibetan tradition, Traleg Rinpoche was deeply interested in Buddhism as a whole. He saw the roots of his own Tibetan tradition in the Early Buddhist suttas. As he felt that it would be helpful for students to examine this material, from time to time Rinpoche presented courses that showed how study of particular sutta or suttas could help one understand how to approach meditation in the most effective way.
In this four-week series, using the material Traleg Rinpoche taught on, we will look at the process Buddha Shakyamuni undertook to determine the best approach to meditation. We will then consider what it means to develop mindfulness, firstly through an examination of the Satipatthana sutta and then by looking at what the term has come to mean in our own times. To conclude, we will examine Traleg Rinpoche's perspective on Mindfulness Living to try to understand how he approached mindfulness and its role for us as meditators.
Lyn Hutchison met Traleg Rinpoche at the first Buddhist Summer School in 1984 and remained his student until he passed away in 2012. She has completed a traditional three year retreat program under his guidance. In working with the texts and commentaries for the three year retreat program she developed an interest in Tibetan language and translation. Her qualifications include a degree with a major in psychology.
Meditation as a Healing Art
with Virginia Golding
Sunday 5 March ~ 10:30am – 4pm
In this one day workshop, Virginia will explore the practice of using meditation for creating a balanced and healthy mind, which according to the Buddhist teachings, is key to obtaining genuine happiness.
The Four Immeasurables or Brahmaviharas of equanimity, loving kindness, compassion and joy will also be explored as practices which can be used as antidotes to states of mind such as anxiety and depression. Through practice of the four immeasurables, one can cultivate a more balanced and healthy state of mind, which leans toward deeper sense of inner calm and contentment. The workshop will offer opportunity to participate in these practices and is open to all.
Virginia Golding is a psychotherapist and long-time practicing student of Tibetan Buddhism under the guidance of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche. Virginia applies both Western and Buddhist psychological perspectives and has been studying Buddhist psychology and meditation in India for the past few years. Virginia has degrees in psychology and philosophy, a post graduate in family therapy and an MA in Social Work. She has clinical practices in Healesville and East Ringwood and facilitates weekend retreats.
TRALEG KYABGON RINPOCHE DVD RETREAT
14 – 18 April (Easter)
further details to be announced early 2017
On this retreat we will watch DVD’s of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche’s teachings. The retreat is suitable for all levels of students and is a wonderful opportunity to deepen one’s practice in the tranquil setting at Maitripa Centre, Healesville. The program will include yoga and pranayama sessions, shamatha and walking meditation and traditional ritual puja (chanting & singing) practices of Green Tara and Chenrezig.