A Year of Deepening in Compassion - The Four Immeasurables

February 17th—April 21st

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  • $100.00 General
  • $145.00 Patron
Room: Main Shrine Room

A Year of Deepening in Compassion

This course is taught by different Acharya's and will be delivered by Shambhala Online. The courses are live and offered online, and will be facilitated by local teachers and course leaders.

The path of the Bodhisattva Warrior begins with developing affection for ourselves and expands this to others, dissolving the barriers that divide us. To support this practice, the Shambhala Acharyas have offered to lead the community in a year long series of talks, contemplative and meditation practices from the Buddhist Mahayana teachings of our lineage.

Through Shambhala Online, these talks will begin in February 2019 and conclude January 2020. Throughout the year, the main practice is tonglen, which will be taught by Ani Pema Chodron with both a guided meditation and an audio talk that will be posted on the home page for the course. Additionally, live online talks by acharyas will introduce and support other practices of the Mahayana.

The year’s teachings are divided into four seasonal themes. Every three months a new course will begin but the program will be continuous. Within each season, acharyas will be offering talks that relate to that topic with their own personal approach. There will be one online discussion forum for each season.

The themes for the four seasons echo the virtues of the Four Dignities of the Shambhala Path. For dates of these courses please visit this website.

Part 1: Tiger, friendly to self and merciful to others: The Four Immeasurables
Part 2: Lion, joy of discipline: The Six Paramitas
Part 3: Garuda, space beyond hope and fear: Heart Sutra and Sunyata
Part 4: Dragon, compassionate engagement: Lojong, mind training

Part 1

The Four Limitless Ones, is the first course of the four-part series exploring the Shambhala Mahayana teachings. This course includes Tonglen instruction and an audio talk by Acharya Pema Chodron and an introduction to The Four Limitless Ones. It also includes:

  •     Five live classes with an Acharya with an opportunity for Q&A.
  •     The classes will be recorded, and each will be led by a different Acharya.
  •     Access to the recordings will be available in the course if you miss a session.
  •     A live discussion led by the Acharya. Live discussions are not recorded.
  •     Readings and book suggestions to deepen our understanding of these teachings
  •     Contemplations to help us integrate these fundamental teachings into our daily lives
  •     A discussion forum.

Course Schedule for the Portland Shambhala Center (all Sundays)

February 17 - Introducing Tonglen and the Four Immeasurables (recorded class***)
February 24 - Equanimity
March 10 - Loving Kindness
March 24 - Compassion
April 7 - Discussions
April 21 - Sympathetic Joy and Course Conclusion

Meeting times: 10am

Generosity Policy:

Our Generosity Policy expresses our commitment to make our programs available to all regardless of what one can pay. For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “patron price”. Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price. You can find out more on our website.

We cannot accept Generosity Policy registrations at the door, so please make arrangements in advance.