While the teachings will be offered freely, participants are invited to offer “dana,” an ancient Pali word, meaning generosity, giving, or gift.
Sunday Dharma 10 am ID 842 3024 9579 Password 050114 Cultivate compassion through a weekly Dharma talk, short meditation and discussion. Currently Khenmo is exploring Tonglen or Sending and Receiving during Sunday Dharma. Understanding this meditation changes how we respond to life personally and allows us to respond to the suffering we see with an open heart.. Designed for all: Buddhists and non Buddhists, experienced and not.
Morning Meditation Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 – 8 am ID 829 1773 8042 Password 2121
Wonderful way to start your day! Brief Recitation, Heart Sutra, Calm Abiding Meditation and special Green Tara practice for epidemics. we use the VDN Prayer Book . Tara embodies the activity of compassion, and sometimes appears as a lady dressed in medicinal herbs as the protector from contagious diseases and fevers. The Drikung Tara’s profound practice for times of epidemics has become of treasure of our morning.
Spiritual Care Builds a Wise Heart, Shravasti Retreat Series cohosted by Dharma Refuge.
An Introduction to Shravasti Meditation
Khenmo Drolma has designed a special combination of Dharma talks, Saturday retreats and discussions to introduce new learners of all levels of experience, to the Shravasti Training. Shravasti Meditation is a non-sectarian, mind-body approach to practice which integrates energy practices from Tibetan yogas, Tai Chi and Qigong. Each set of talk/retreat/discussion will focus on a key area of understanding our minds and how we can learn to see through confusion; paired with somatic learning through the yogic exercises.
Retreats will explore Calm Abiding Meditation, Insight Meditation and Bodhicitta (Loving Kindness and compassion) practice using the Sutra on Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati Sutra) as taught by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche in a system he designed for 21st century practitioners. With the framework of the Sutra on Mindfulness of Breathing and supported by Tibetan Yogas, Tai Chi and Qigong this system of practice incorporates body mind understandings of all the traditions of Buddhism. Named Shravasti, after the sacred site where Buddha transmitted most of the Sutras; this teaching is as close as we can know of what the Buddha taught and practiced, unifying Buddhism and inviting practitioners from all Turnings of the Wheel.
As we make our life rich in continuous practice, our peace of mind deepens. Glorious Kagyu Lineage Master Phagmodrupa held a tradition of emphasizing silent retreat during the waxing moon. Khenmo Drolma leads a series of monthly retreats following this wonderful tradition so we can build a more contemplative life, incorporating regular periods of retreat and silence. “It is in silent retreat that Dharma becomes a lived experience and insights take root.”
During the retreat, Khenmo gives an introduction to each session with an overall focus on a specific Dharma area or meditation training each month. We work with training videos of HH Drikung Kyabgon teaching the Six Yogas with subtle instructions. Each retreat builds new Dharma skills and supports confidence in our experiential understanding practice. The structure is four two hour meditation sessions a day with a generous break for meals and walking practice. We begin the evening before and conclude in the early morning. Full details follow registration.
After this initial training you are welcome to a weekly 2 hr Shravasti practice 6:30- 8:30 am on Friday mornings.
Three Dharma Talks by Khenmo are now available on youtube and are in English w/ Vietnamese translation
Talk 1 Foundation Perspective
Khenmo introduces HH Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche’s curriculum. Using the Anapanasati Sutra as a framework; she discusses building skills: mIndfullness, an introduction to shamatha’s stages and the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Meditation is also a medicine for crisis: Until afflictive emotions are completely uprooted; a change in heath or relationships can bring a tsunami of responses for even mature practitioners. Khenmo demonstrates how we can use the sutra instructions as skillful means to explore our shadow areas.
Talk 2 Mahayana Perspective
Befriending our mind, opening the heart: Looking honestly within through meditation allows us to see the roots of our own emotions and mental habits that obscure our innate loving kindness, compassion, wisdom, and bodhicitta. Here we learn to apply meditation skills to bodhicitta practice.
Talk 3 Mahamurdra Perspective
Wisdom is within us: At home with our mind and the Anapanasati Sutra as a framework for exploration, we become our own teacher on the cushion. Practice can become a dance, maintaining a subtle balance of meditation skills to fully concentrate one pointedly and explore minds with precision. This section includes an introduction to inner energies as support and Vipassena or looking at mind directly.
First Evening (Thurs or Fri):
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Session 1: 6:30 –8:00 AM
Session 2: 10:00-12:00 AM
Session 3: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Session 4: 6:30- 8:00 PM
6:30- 8:00 AM
Sunday 11:00- 12 PM Questions and discussion
While the teachings will be offered freely, participants are invited to offer “dana,” an ancient Pali word, meaning generosity, giving, or gift. Dana is not at all like paying for a class. Rather, it is understanding that we treasure and benefit from the Dharma, and desire to bring the same benefit to others. Thus, we support monastics who dedicate their lives to teaching the Dharma. Further, when we offer dana to Abbesses, Rinpoches, and other teachers, our donations are not to an individual person. Instead, our donations support nunneries and monasteries, the resident monastics, and all their future programs, activities, and Dharma offerings. This carries immeasurable blessings as we become a part of offering the healing medicine of the Dharma.
You may donate through PayPal, on the Vajra Dakini Nunnery website
OR, by mailing a check/money order to:
Vajra Dakini Nunnery
PO Box 6135
Falmouth, ME 04105