KSD: The Paramita of Discipline with Timaree Bierle-Dodds

June 15th

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    Room: Online (Portland's Zoom)

    Kitchen Sink Dharma:
    The Paramita of Discipline
    A talk by Timaree Bierle-Dodds

    In the 2021 Year of the Iron Ox Shambhala Member practice books, the theme every month focuses on the six paramitas.

    Paramita is translated as perfection in Sanskrit (pharchen) and "gone to the far shore" or "arriving at the other side" in Tibetan (phar phyin).

    The six paramitas are generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation and wisdom. Tonight, during Kitchen Sink Dharma, we will have a conversation about discipline.  

    One of the many acts of discipline informed by wisdom that one can offer oneself and others is to learn to meditate. How can this be so? What is your exerience of discipline and learning to meditate?

    From whom and how have we learned about discipline through our life so far? What is your experience of discipline as an internal strength mixed with body, speech, and mind expressions?

    Next, if you are open to it, as Kitchen Sink Dharma participants, we will take a 10 minute break to select a favorite food and discover where the item was grown and/or harvested.

    We will return to have a brief discussion on how we could imagine the people involved in the food's growth and harvesting have practiced the paramita of discipline.

    Below are quotes from dharma teachers about transcendental discipline for consideration or contemplation. They are in this year's practice book.

    Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche:

    "Paramita practices are techniques that allow you not to grasp onto or propagate the notion of me-ness or 'I am.'"  

    "Discipline is based on awareness, which brings appreciation and a proper relationship with the phenomenal world. Proper conduct is to maintain what you have, to stick to the bare minimum. Its nature is simplicity."

    Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche:

    "The Buddha taught six paramitas - courageous ways to live on Earth. The word paramita denotes a process: 'arriving at the other side.'" 

    "The way we use discipline to take ourselves to the other shore in a moment is to look at our mind, speech, and activity with this question, 'Is this taking me toward enlightenment or toward suffering?'"


    Timaree Bierle-Dodds became a Shambhala Centre of Boston member in 2000. Timaree is a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche since 2005 and a Shambhala Guide since 2010. She works as a pediatric home care nurse in Vancouver WA and enjoys the practices of Ikebana, contemplative photography, QiGong, and shrine keeping.


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