THIS EVENT MAY BE OFFERED ONLINE. The March 22 location has been cancelled.
Earth Journey and Herman Rednick Trust are pleased to host Lama Brad (Lama Dorje Gyaltsen) for a Dharma talk entitled “Cutting the Spin: Ending the endless stories of our mind and landing in the present”
Two sessions on Sunday, March 22
10 am – noon
12 – 2 potluck lunch
2 – 4 pm
Herman Rednick Ctr., 40 Lorien Road, Questa, NM 87556
(7 miles north of Questa main stoplight, off Hwy 522)
$15/session suggested donation plus any personal offering to the teacher. No one turned away for lack of funds.
About the talk:
We all have habits that we stay close to in our actions and, more fundamentally, in our thoughts. Are we jealous of a neighbor, scared of being alone, proud of the accomplishments our stories about ourselves confirm, working to be kind, but wanting something in return, feeling unappreciated, feeling too important? Do encounters or situations of the present slip us back into patterns of the past? Our mind is furiously busy, spinning all these stories that we then call reality. Our lives.
Buddhist practice, and indeed, the opportunity to be truly happy, comes from learning to cut that spin machine off so that we can experience the world directly, rather than mediated through our desires and expectations. When we live in the world just as it is, we can develop true freedom. In each moment, we can make our own decisions, independent of the mental struggles, karma and history we’re usually heir to.
During these two sessions, Lama Brad will present some of the important Buddhist methods that can help us move on the path to the Present.
There will also be time for extensive questions and answers.
About the teacher: Lama Dorje Gyaltsen (or Lama Brad) completed the traditional 3-year retreat of Vajrayana Buddhism under the auspices of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche and Khenpo Jigme. He also received monastic vows from Thrangu Rinpoche, and is a monk at Thrangu Monastery in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he’s been asked to lead the English-language dharma instruction. His focus is on presenting the seemingly complex practices and words of Buddhism as the simple, clear, life and meditation instructions they really are. As directed by his teachers, he is (still) working on distilling some of this into book form. He is always available, outside retreat, to discuss dharma, practice, or the forms obstacles may take. Lama Brad divides his time between Vancouver, India/Nepal, and New Mexico.
For more information or directions, contact Martha Shepp, media steward. (sheppmartha at gmail.com)