Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha: Session IV

Session IV - 'The Practice of Meditation'
based on 'The Precious Vase' chapter 5

Welcome to the fourth unit of this course of studying The Precious Vase together as a "Santi Maha Sangha" presented at Tsegyalgar East in Conway.

This session explored the essence of meditation through the nine yanas, as presented in Chapter 6 of 'The Precious Vase.' Classes focused on introducing the various practices, including Arya Tara, Guruyoga and Recitation of the Three Roots. Sunday events were practice intensives with guided meditations of the Outer, Inner and Secret Rushen, and the Seven Fundamental Semdzins.

Our aim was to make this complex material clear for new students, to support those preparing for the Base exam, and to provide opportunity for in-depth review for experienced practitioners. Through studying and practicing together, may we grow in understanding, enriching ourselves and others!

SCHEDULE

Mon., April 25, 2016 @ 7-9pm - Class 1: Practicing the Essence of the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Outer Tantras
Mon., May 2, 2016 @ 7:30pm-9:30pm (following 4:30pm Yantra Yoga & 6pm Ganapua) - Class 2: Practicing the Essence of Mahayoga and Anuyoga
Sun., May 8, 2016 @ 10am-5pm - Class 3-4: Practicing the Essence of Atiyoga, part 1: Outer and Secret Rushen
*afternoon at Khandroling
Mon., May 23, 2016 @ 7-9pm (following 5:00-6:45pm Yantra Yoga) - Class 5: Practicing the Essence of Atiyoga, part 2: Inner Rushen: Purification of the Six Lokas
Mon., May 30, 2016 @ 10am-5pm - Class 6-7: Practicing the Essence of Atiyoga, part 3: Semdzins
*afternoon at Khandroling

Taking this Course Remotely

Rinpoche had directed us to present this course as live sessions which were recorded and available for replay (during the duration of the course), for those who couldn't attend in person.


MP3 Recordings of Classes

No longer available for download

Resources & Course Materials

Topics of Study Related Practices
Practicing the essence of the Hinayana & Mahayana Paths
  • (Shine, Lhagtong)
Practicing the essence of the Three Outer Tantras
  • Arya Tara
  • Sri Vajrasattva, Arya Avalokiteshvara
Practicing the essence of Mahayoga
  • (Guruyoga)
Practicing the essence of Anuyoga
  • Recitation of the Three Roots:
    • Guru - Padma Thötrengtsal
    • Deva - Guru Tragphur
    • Dakini - Simhamukha
Practicing the essence of Atiyoga
  • The Separation of Samsara and Nirvana - "Rushen":
    • Outer
    • Inner (Purification of the 6 lokas)
    • Secret:
      • Separation of the Body
      • Separation of the Voice
      • Separation of the Mind
  • The Seven Fundamental Semdzins:
    • Symbol of the White A
    • Syllable PHAT
    • Joyous Laughter of the Wrathful Manifestations
    • Struggle of the Asuras
    • Letter RAM
    • HÜM that Chases Thoughts
    • Song of the Vajra

Readings & Resources

The Precious Vase contains a vast amount of information, and to go deeper into particular topics, here are listings of some supplementary materials:

ChNN Readings

Green Tara Practice

Six Lokas Practice

Syllables for the Semdzins

Kumbhaka

Participants are encouraged to establish a daily practice of rhythmic breathing, to develop the kumbhaka hold essential for the 7th Lojong practices (which we'll develop in Session V.

If you don't have contact with a local yantra yoga instructor, Fabio Andrico's DVD "Kumbhaka Training Course" is helpful, available at the Shang Shung Store.

Rhythmic Breathing Chart (UPDATED)

Session IV classmates
Afternoon session of Semdzins

Session IV participants
in Joyous Laughter of the Wrathful Manifestations!

The Santi Maha Sangha - Course Participants

Andres H.
Andres H.
(Albany, NY)
Angela M.
Angela M.
(M'loa, HI)
Anne S.
Anne S.
(Charleston, SC)
Caroline H.
Caroline H.
(Conway, MA)
Catherine L.
Catherine L.
(New Orleans, LA)
Cheryl K.
Cheryl K.
(Summerland Key, FL)
David D.
David D.
(Baton Rouge, LA)
Kathleen, F.
Kathleen, F.
(Shelburne Falls, MA)
Lynn N.
Lynn N.
(Northampton, MA)
Nancy P.
Nancy P.
(Easthampton, MA)
Allen W.
Allen W.
(Northampton, MA)
Chonyi Richard  A.
Chonyi Richard A.
(Boston, MA)
Daphne D.
Daphne D.
(San Ysidro, CA)
Dominik N.
Dominik N.
(Miami Beach, FL)
Gerard M.
Gerard M.
(Belchertown, MA)
Jeremy
Jeremy
(Conway, MA)
John C.
John C.
(Seattle, WA)
Karen P.
Karen P.
(Lenox, MA)
Michael H.
Michael H.
(Hant's Harbour, CA)
Michael S.
Michael S.
(Richmond, IN)
Paula B.
Paula B.
(Conway, MA)
Robert O.
Robert O.
(Pagosa Springs, CO)
Robert T.
Robert T.
(Napa, CA)
Robert W.
Robert W.
(Naples, FL)
Timothy F.
Timothy F.
(Conway, MA)
Wendy S.
Wendy S.
(Barnet, VT)