Stages of Shamatha and Vipassana

Khenpo Choying Dorjee

Shamatha is the single-minded concentration in which one reaches the mind's basic or natural state of bliss, clarity and awareness, free from mental dullness, agitation and wandering.

Vipassana is the penetrative insight into emptiness or the true nature of reality.

This course will focus on the four mindfulness practices (body, feelings, phenomena and mind) of Vipassana mediation from the Mahayana tradition.

Khenpo Choying Dorjee was born in Tibet in 1972 and became a monk at age 12. He received his Khenpo degree in 2002 after completing twelve years of philosophy study at a renowned Buddhist college, Dzongsar Institute, in India. He was also given a special Khenpo degree by His Holiness Dalai Lama in 2004. He has spent two years in Malaysia and Singapore teaching philosophy and studying English, and is now teaching at Dzongsar Institute as well as Deer Park.

Daily Shedule

May 8 (Friday)
6:30-7:30am: Silent sitting/walking meditation*
8:30-9:30am: Silent sitting/walking meditation*
10am-12 noon: Stages of Shamatha & Vipassana: Teaching by Khenpo Choying Dorjee
2:30-3:30pm: Practical meditation instruction (led by Melitis Kwong)
4-5pm: Silent sitting/walking meditation*
7:30-8:30pm: Silent sitting/walking meditation*

May 9 -10(Saturday-Sunday)
6:30-7:30am: Silent sitting/walking meditation*
8:30-9:30am: Silent sitting/walking meditation*
10am-12 noon: Stages of Shamatha & Vipassana: Teaching by Khenpo Choying Dorjee
2-3pm: Personal meditation guidance (by interview – optional)
3-5pm: Mantra chanting class with Raji Ramanan
7:30-8:30pm: Meditation & chanting+

* In the silent meditation sessions we sit for 30 minutes, then when the bell rings do 10 min walking meditation (optional), circling the room in a clockwise direction, then sit for another 20 min.

+ In the meditation & chanting sessions we sit silently for 20 minutes, then chant for 30 min, then sit silently for another 10 min.

 

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