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Rays from the Great Eastern Sun AUTUMN 2010 Hello & welcome, Level contact Shelley on Sunday practice due to a pro- 817-4486. gramme & a retreat being held We had a very successful visit from Acharya David Hope and We have Sunday morning sit- at the Centre. his wife Chris. Congratula- ting 14 March led by Rodger. Next Sunday sitting after that tions to the group that com- will be on 25 April led by pleted the Sacred Path pro- We have nyinthun (whole day practice) at the Centre on Camille. gramme “Golden Key”. David & Chris are now teaching in 21 March led by Shelley & Notice our new sign? Helen. If you would like to NEWSLETTER Australia where Shambhala Big big thank you to Ros David groups seem to be growing come for just part of the day that’s fine. In the morning we & Barry Coates for their rapidly. have a contemplation practice generosity!. As you can see we have sched- using a slogan. This stimulates uled another Shambhala lively discussion and is a great Training Level One, so that we way to get to know your fel- Yours in the vision of the have a larger group to go low sangha and to share in- Great Eastern Sun. through to Level Two. If you sights. Jude Bennett (Co-Director) would like to help staff this From 28 March-18 April no SHAMBHALA TRAINING Windhorse Level One “Drala” to be held “The Art of Being Human” 21/23 May 2010 Discovering basic goodness in Director: Henry Chapin ourselves and in our world. Pre-requisite: “Windhorse” 26/28 March 2010 Friday 7 pm Director: Jesse Miller Sat & Sun 8.30 am—5.30 pm If you would like to attend Cost $150 + cost of texts 30 April/2 May 2010 (includes breakfast) a programme, but have Friday 7 pm financial difficulties, please Pre-requisite: Great Eastern Sun Sat & Sun 8.30 am-5.30 pm contact Shelley on 817- Cost $150 (includes breakfast) 4486. Open House - Tuesdays 7 pm (all welcome) SUNDAY PRACTICE Open House talks by 10 am Opening Chants Jesse Miller Sitting/Walking practice 20 April Contemplate a slogan 27 April Discussion in a circle 4 May End with sitting practice 11 May at 12.00 noon. “We approach our 18 May meditation seat as if it were a throne” All welcome!!! Sakyong Mipham Page 2 LEVEL ONE “The Art of Being Human” An introduction to Shambhala Meditation. Open to all. The experience of well-being is one that we all seek constantly, yet still find elusive. Its qualities of openness and humour are so famil- iar, but the more we look for them the more distant they seem to become. Why should something so ordinary be so difficult to find? One reason this experience seems so fleeting is that as soon as we try to capture it we enter into a struggle. The struggle creates frus- tration and depression. We may even begin to wonder whether life is worthwhile at all. Actually, well being is not discovered through any kind of search. It Director: Jesse is already present in our lives and needs only to be unfolded, not ac- Miller quired. What is needed is not another game plan but access to the well-being that is already ours. 30 April/2 May Cost $150 Shambhala Training reawakens the natural intelligence that we already possess and allows us to delight in the rich, simple process of being alive. Meditation practice returns mind and body to their natural, dignified state. Instead of struggling against a manufac- tured version of ourselves, we can rediscover the undiluted confi- dence that has always been there and is our basic nature. The programme consists of meditation practice, talks by the pro- gramme director, personal interviews and discussions with other participants. It progresses through five levels, each providing a foundation of practice and experience for the next. Friday 7 pm Saturday & Sunday 8.30 am—5.30 pm (Includes breakfast both days) Please pre-register: $50 deposit into Ac No12 3015 0605321-02 and advise Dirk firstname.lastname@example.org (phone 837-7096) or send cheque to Dirk Leh- mann, (Treasurer) 10 Valron Road, Te Atatu South, Auckland 1008. Any queries phone Shelley on 817-4486 or em email@example.com Great Eastern Sun “make-up” programme will be held at the Centre: 20/21 March 2010 If you have already attended this programme, but would like to repeat, please contact Co-ordinator Dennis Henton for details, phone 445-1162. May the Goodness of the Great Eastern Sun Be Victorious Page 3 WERMA / NGONDRO RETREAT 3—18 APRIL 2010 WERMA RETREAT The Werma Sadhana is The retreat will be an When we see the world key for understanding excellent preparatory with the eyes and heart and manifesting the vi- program for those inter- of the Rigden, a new life sion of the Kingdom of ested in attending the unfolds– a life filled with Shambhala. natural wonder, joy, car- Scorpion Seal Assembly When we see the world ing exertion and con- in the future. with the eyes and heart of the Rigden, we can tentment. tune into the kingdom of Pre-requisite: Open to The focus of this retreat awareness on the spot. participants who have will be on intensive prac- The fruition of the magi- previously received the tice and study of The cal practice of the Roar of the Werma sad- Roar of the Werma sad- Werma Sadhana reveals hana. hana practice. itself in our ordinary BOTH PROGRAMMES DIRECTED BY HENRY CHAPIN NGONDRO This increases personal This retreat is an excellent windhorse and invigorates opportunity for Shambhala RETREAT the windhorse of the Vajrayana Seminary gradu- group, giving power and ates to deepen their un- The Shambhala Ngondro potency to the vision of derstanding and establish is meant to be accom- their practice with the Shambhala. plished in a group practice support of experienced environment to galvanise The schedule for this re- ngondro practitioners. those warriors and foster treat will include six to friendship, camaraderie eight hours of daily prac- and celebration, thus mix- tice in addition to time for ing practice with life. study, talks and celebra- tion. NOTICE FOR TANTRIKA’S: Werma Feast Practice— Sunday 14 March 2 pm cancelled—to be re-scheduled after the retreat. Way of Shambhala Directors: Meditation in Daily Life: Set of 5 evening classes. Jesse Miller Meditation in daily life provides an opportunity to deepen the experience and understanding of meditation for new Helen Bennett students, with special attention on practical suggestions for establishing a sitting practice in the midst of our speedy society. Each evening class allows for open dis- cussion of the challenges that students are facing in their practice. Further, this series of classes offers a glimpse of the Shambhala vision of enlightened so- ciety by emphasizing the ways in which meditation can impact our daily lives, and can ex- pand to impact our whole society. This view is based upon the teachings of meditation in “Turning the Mind into an Ally” and Shambhala: “The Sacred Path of the Warrior”. Thursday evening: 22 April, 29 April, 6 May,13 May, 20 May. Time: 7—9 p.m. Cost: $80 SADHANA OF MAHAMUDRA Tuesday 16, 30 March 9 pm, Friday 14, 28 May 7 pm. This Sadhana was written on 6 September 1968 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche at Taktsang in Bhutan, where about eleven hundred years ago, Guru Rinpoche meditated. This is a Buddhist practice. NOTICE FOR ALL MEMBERS: The Sakyong requests photo’s of all members + please note: date scheduled for Database training. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has asked that all Shambhala members, especially vajrayana students, put their photographs on the Shambhala Database. This allows the Sakyong, even while on retreat, to be connected with students from anywhere in the world. A current portrait-type photo showing your face, with good head and shoulders, would be most helpful. See http://shambhalatimes.org/2009/10/05/the Shambhala-database-project-our-new-personal-rolodex DATABASE TRAINING DATE: 27 March 2010 Shambhala Shop Page 5 For orders, please email Dennis Henton - firstname.lastname@example.org (Treasurer) ph 837-7096. Information sheet available. hala Meditation Centre or make a donation, please contact Dirk If you would like to become a member of the Auckland Shamb- By Chogyam Trungpa Shambhala The Sacred Path Of The Warrior $25 The Heart Of The Buddha $25 The Myth Of Freedom $25 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism MEMBERSHIP & DONATIONS $25 By Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche Turning The Mind Into An Ally $35 Ruling Your World $25 (on order) By Pema Chodron Start Where You Are $25 ROSEWOOD DAIGEN KOH INCENSE FOR SALE $5 box SHAMBHALA “And Then We Die” BUDDHIST MEDITATON CENTRE An excerpt from “Turning the Mind into an Ally” by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. We spend most of our time avoiding death, not thinking about it. When we do, it gives 3 SCARBOROUGH us the shivers. We might feel slightly surprised, knocked off balance. We’re afraid of LANE, PARNELL death, partly because we don’t know what will happen, partly because we’re afraid of AUCKLAND PH 963-7354 the pain we might feel when it happens. When we peek into the door of death by con- templating it, its meaning begins to penetrate us. Contemplating death gives us strength http://auckland.shambhala. because it liberates our fear. So we contemplate the meaning of these words: “Death is info/ SHAMBHALA.ORG my friend, my truest of friends, for it is always waiting for me.” All around us life and death are performing a dance that brings texture to our existence. Resident Representative for NZ: Death is our friend because it gives us life. Death defines life. If we didn’t have death, Marian Bond, Wellington. we might not appreciate life. In every moment of our life, death is waiting for us. We’re going to die. We don’t know when we’re going to die; we don’t know how we’re going COUNCIL to die. Everyone we know is going to die-our parents, our friends, our children, our MEMBERS: pets, people we like, people we don’t like, kings and queens, heads of state, movie stars, rock stars, rich people, poor people. All have the same fate. This body will be a corpse. Co -Directors Jude Bennett Without being morbid about it, whenever death presents itself we can contemplate it. Ph 627-9807 We can discuss it with our friends. If we come close to being hit by a bus, if we hurt email@example.com ourselves in a car accident, if we get sick, we can ponder the permeable membrane be- tween our life and our death. When someone close to us dies, we can look into death, Rodger Pool (also Rusung) question death, and let it transform us. “What is death about? Why is this happening?” Ph 817-2495 Different traditions explain death in different ways. But when we experience the reality Shambhala School of of death, it touches our life. It presents us with a deep mystery. Most of the time we Buddhist Studies might rather not investigate it. When we’re directly under its influence, we can be open Dennis Henton to it, try to understand it. Ph 445-1162 When I heard that my father was gravely ill, it just wouldn’t sink in that he was probably going to die. He was a great meditation master and Buddhist teacher. After the Shambhala Training Chinese invaded Tibet, he escaped on foot, leading three hundred people over the Shelley Cowley mountains into India. He spent many years of his life planting the flower of dharma on Ph 817-4486 the rock of North America. He was a master warrior. If anyone could elude death, it Treasurer seemed like it would be him. His death would leave a huge hole in my life as well as the Dirk Lehmann lives of many others. Ph. 837-7096 I was standing right next to him in the moment when he finally died. The space became firstname.lastname@example.org very powerful and strong, almost luminous. There were no thoughts occurring. For Open House Co-ordinator days it was like that, as if reality had shifted. My whole life I had heard about death, had Paul Turvey 963-7354 seen people who were dying and people who had died. But my father’s death struck me in a different way. His mortality made me realize my own mortality. It made me realize Minutes Secretary/ everybody’s mortality. It shook me out of my misconceptions. It profoundly changed Membership my attitude. For many months I thought about how I was going to live the rest of my Ros David life. I realized that death is real. I mustn’t waste time I became much more dedicated to 529-4957 email@example.com practice and study. Having this intimate experience of death helped me appreciate my life. Webmaster & database We often conduct our life as though it’s going to last forever. With this attitude, we Vijay Mahantesh want everything. The fact of death puts a limit on what we can have, what we can do. ……………………………. We don’t need to think about death all the time, but to ponder it, to contemplate it, Librarian gives us perspective and inspiration about living our life. It also makes us less spoiled. It Istvan Csata makes us look at the balance of our life and determine what needs to come first. What is important to me? How shall I use my life? We’re able to enter situations more WELLINGTON CENTRE contact Dianne 04 5687929 openly once we’ve related with death. It makes our love more powerful.
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