Transcending the Self through Purifying the Eight Consciousnesses

With Tempa Dukte Lama Sat, April 4, 2020, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011

This daylong teaching will explore the nature of consciousness and the development of pure perception according to the Bon teachings. In the Bon and Buddhist teachings, consciousness is viewed as consisting of eight consciousnesses: the six sense consciousnesses, the deluded mind consciousness, and the fundamental base consciousness. The base consciousness is the source of everything. It has the seeds of both liberation and delusion, happiness and unhappiness. Which of these seeds will germinate depends on the conditions we come into contact with, the secondary conditions of our living experience. When either the seed of delusion or the seed of liberation meets with conditions that are favorable for its development, the seed will ripen. Through our practice we transform these secondary conditions. Based on the six doors of the senses and the mind we train our consciousness in pure perception. Pure perception is free from grasping at dualistic phenomena. It is free from the division of our experience into a subject that apprehends the object and either grasps or rejects it, and an object that is perceived as either pleasant or unpleasant. We will explore how to develop the qualities that enable us to have pure perception.

Tempa Dukte Lama is an ordained lama of the Tibetan Bon tradition. He is the founder and spiritual director of Olmo Ling Bon Center and Institute in Pittsburgh, PA, and co-founder of Humla Fund. He is an artist and poet and has authored five books. He is deeply dedicated to making the Bon teachings available in the West. Tempa Lama studied at Menri Monastery, India, under the close guidance of the late H.H. 33rd Menri Trizin, the worldwide spiritual head of the Bon tradition until 2017. Tempa Lama has lived in the US since 2000 and teaches internationally, helping people bring a practice of healing and happiness into their lives.

Registration and cost:

Fee: $117 for members of either Olmo Ling or Tibet House; $130 non-members. Please register directly through the Tibet House.

Members of Tibet House and of Olmo Ling are eligible for a 10% discount. If you are a member of Olmo Ling, please use code olmo2020 to receive the discount.

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