Buddhist Meditation - Exploring the Heart of Compassion
►ongoing weekly meetings @ Menla Clinic, Soudan St, Thirroul. Suitable for beginners. By donation. Bookings essential: 42 68 21 79 or email us
We are a small group of Buddhist practitioners who have formed to practise meditation and study basic Buddhist teachings together. The sessions will consist of short meditation, and contemplating the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva based on the root text and commentary “The Heart of Compassion”.
Description of The Heart of Compassion What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary set of instructions, a training manual composed in the fourteenth century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here explained in detail by one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse. In the Mahayana tradition, those who have the courage to undertake the profound change of attitude required to develop true compassion are called bodhisattvas. Their great resolve—to consider others’ needs as paramount, and thus to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living creatures—carries them beyond the limits imposed by the illusions of “I” and “mine,” culminating in the direct realization of reality, transcending dualistic notions of self and other. This classic text presents ways that we can work with our own hearts and minds, starting wherever we find ourselves now, to unravel our small-minded preoccupations and discover our own potential for compassion, love, and wisdom. Many generations of Buddhist practitioners have been inspired by these teachings, and the great masters of all traditions have written numerous commentaries. Dilgo Khyentse’s commentary is probably his most extensive recorded teaching on Mahayana practice.
Tiandi Qigong 12Cycle Training 2013
3. March 2013, 1-5pm Cost $60 booking: 0422 176 466
12 Cycle 2013
23. March - 14. July 2013 Qi Gong master Zhao Shihua will visit The Illawarra in March 2013 to teach 12 cycle Qi Gong training programme. In China this teaching is regarded as “very precious”, is rarely taught, and then only to experienced practitioners who have shown special aptitude. It is a unique opportunity to learn a practice that has benefits lasting your entire lifetime. We have participated in the 12 cycle program since 1996 and during that time have seen many people make dramatic changes to their state of health and mind. This programme is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels and can assist in healing as well as strengthening the body. Its results include:
Improved physical strength, emotional & mental well being
Increased concentration and focus
Connect with inner wisdom & special abilities.
Growth in confidence and self-esteem.
Relaxation and inner peace.
Deepened insight and intuition
The 12 cycle is not an academic study of Qi Gong. It is through immersion in the practices and discipline of the programme that the results manifest. A mature level of self-discipline and responsibility is needed to participate effectively. What you put into it directly effects what you will get out of it. Zhao himself will transmit powerful Qi into your body and then you can increase it with the series of 12 exercises comprising movement and specific breathing techniques. Daily personal practise of approx 40 minutes is essential and there are some lifestyle restrictions to be observed. The programme lasts for 4 months, with intensive tuition on the opening and closing weekends and a weekly or fortnightly group practice where the exercises can be fine tuned and experiences discussed. For health workers this is an amazing opportunity to strengthen your own Qi, control your use of Qi when working with patients and develop intuitive healing abilities.
Zhao Shihua has been practising Qi Gong for over 40 years. He has taught widely throughout China and is a powerful Qi Gong healer. He ran a clinic and school in Hainan, China for many years before coming to Australia in 1997.