We want peace in our life, and we want our life to count. We are not here for long. A big part of having a happy life, and a life which is meaningful, is to find a true Master who can guide us as we travel through life. Buddhism has always recognized this fact, and over the last 2,000 years has developed special techniques for finding and bonding with a real Master. This is in fact considered the first and most crucial step to enlightenment.
In this course series, we have been working our way through A Gift of Liberation, one of the greatest spiritual classics of Tibet, written by Pabongka Rinpoche (1878-1941), teacher of the teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This text is an A to Z of Enlightenment—a Lam-Rim, or Steps to Enlightenment—and so far we have been carefully studying how to meditate, and how to prepare for a meditation.
During this retreat’s teachings we will be reaching a major landmark in this spiritual undertaking: we will begin the actual Steps of the Path. These steps begin with learning how to find our spiritual Master, and how to interact with them, in a tradition which has flourished for the last 25 centuries.
The retreat features a group of senior Buddhist teachers and will be led by Geshe Michael Roach, who is the author of The Diamond Cutter and the first American to be awarded the Geshe degree, or Master of Buddhism, from a Tibetan monastery.