A comprehensive mind body meditation system, rooted in tradition, designed for modern life
The Shravasti Meditation curriculum was designed by HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche as a nonsectarian introduction to meditation for 21st Century practitioners and a life long practice. It begins with Calm Abiding Meditation, Insight Meditation and Bodhicitta (Loving Kindness and compassion) using the Sutra on Mindfulness of Breathing as a structure. This modern meditation system incorporates the views of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana in a clear and accessible format which he named Shravasti, after the sacred site where Buddha transmitted most of the Sutras. This profound practice segues naturally into advanced understanding such as Mahamudra or the completion stages of Vajrayana.
Khenmo Drolma was trained personally by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche to teach this curriculum. In 2018 she traveled to Taiwan and again in 2019 to Maylasia to join a select group of teachers invited to attend a retreat with H H Drikung Kaygon to train in this curriculum.
Why His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang created this curriculum.
Among the three tools the Buddha taught for cultivating wisdom tools (i.e., listening, contemplation, and meditation) meditation is often neglected. Many people dedicate their entire life to studying Buddhism but fail to practice what the Buddha taught. There are many meditation approaches. For example, we Tibetans, have the common and uncommon preliminaries. During the traditional three-year retreat, various approaches to meditation are also taught. However, most people mainly focus on completing the required number of accumulations while neglecting the essence of these practices: keeping our mind undisturbed!
Many practitioners have attended advanced teachings on Dzogchen or Mahamudra without being able able to meditate with a single-pointed mind for 10 or even 5 minutes. Meditation is not easy. You should start with calm-abiding to stabilize your mind and if possible attend a Shravasti Meditation retreat, not only to receive teachings, but to whole-heartedly engage in meditation practice and increase your ability to stabilize your mind. The Shravasti Meditation is an integrated meditation approach that relies directly on the Buddha’s words as the source of instruction. It is based on the Anapanasati Sutta (Discourse on Mindfulness of Breathing).