Meditating on the Wheel of Life
When: Saturday, May 7th, from 9:30am to 4pm
Venerable Losang Samten will lead us as we meditate on and discuss the meaning of the Wheel of Life. The Buddha’s teachings of the 4 Noble Truths and of the path to liberation are depicted visually in the beautiful mandala, and we will use the images to stimulate our discussions. The Buddha taught many different kinds of meditations (i.e., many different ways to train the mind) and we will be introduced to some of these methods. We will learn how to meditate on an image and how to use meditations to analyze situations and to better understand the nature of our human life. The retreat will end with the dismantling of the sand mandala, created by Losang earlier in the week, at 4pm.
Note: While no pre-registration is necessary, please send an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Wear: comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for meditation
What to Bring: PBA will supply coffee, tea, water, and snacks, but please bring a brown bag lunch. We have mats and cushions, but you may want to bring your own. We suggest a voluntary donation, or dana for the teacher between $25 and $50. No one will be turned away.
About the Teacher: The Venerable Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar and a former Buddhist monk, was born in Chung Ribuce, of central Tibet. In 1959, he and his family fled to Nepal and later moved to Dharamsala, India. His education includes studies at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and the Namgyal Monastery which is the monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1985, he earned a Geshe Degree in Buddhist Philosophy, Sutra, and Tantra, from the Namgyal Monastery, which is equivalent to a Ph.D. In 1994, Losang received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Art from the Maine College of Art in 1995. He taught Tibetan Language at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1994 – 1997 and was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. In 2004, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.