Demystifying Santi Maha Sangha: Session V

Session V - Conduct, Realization & Conclusion
based on "The Precious Vase" chapters 7, 8 & 9

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

Our aim is 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., June 20, 2016 - 7:30pm-9:30pm (following 4:30pm Yantra Yoga & 6pm Ganapua)- Class 1: The Way to Apply Behaviour (part 1)
Mon., June 27, 2016 - 7:00pm-9:00pm - Class 2: Behavior (part 2): Chöd; Realization of the Fruit
Mon., July 4th, 2016 - Class 3: Conclusion of the Base
Sunday in July 24, 2016 - 10am-5pm - Class 4-5: Practicing the 7th Lojong
*Mini-retreat - open to Dzogchen Community

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

Available only during duration of the course.

Resources & Course Materials

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

We've made it - to the fifth and final unit of this course!

In this Session we covered:

  1. The "Behavior" aspect of the 'Three Dharmas of the Path', including Chöd practice and a Yantra Yoga overview
  2. The Realization of the Fruit & Conclusion of the Base
  3. Practicing the Seventh Lojong (at long last!)
  4. Accomplishing the Base Practices of Santi Maha Sangha

Outline of Course
The Precious Vase, Chapters VII, VIII & IV
& the 7th Lojong

Topics of Study Related Practices
The Way to Apply Behavior
  • (Chöd, Yantra Yoga)
The Realization of the Fruit
The Conclusion of the Base of Santi Maha Sangha
Practicing the essence of Anuyoga
    Practicing the 7th Lojong
    • Meditative Stability in the State Beyond Thought:
      • Pleasure and Emptiness
      • Clarity and Emptiness
      • The Ultimate Nature of Phenomena

    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 (updated 6/13/16)

    Related Works

    Translations

    Image of Machig Labdron

    Link to Chöd materials

    Link to Chöd Practice Group

    Base Practice Reference

    Sensation & Emptiness Visualization

    Kumbhaka

    Participants have been establishing a daily practice of rhythmic breathing, to develop the kumbhaka hold essential for the 7th Lojong practices — taking place this Session!

    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)

    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)
    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)
    Gerard M.
    Gerard M.
    (Belchertown, MA)
    Jeremy
    Jeremy
    (Conway, MA)
    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)
    Timothy F.
    Timothy F.
    (Conway, MA)
    Wendy S.
    Wendy S.
    (Barnet, VT)