Wednesday August 26th and September 5th, 7pm
Public Teaching and Meditation with Jigme Rinpoche
Open Secret Bookstore, San Rafael, CA
Most people would be comfortable in judging a violent, uncontrolled outburst of rage to be ‘wrong’. But how do we relate to ‘righteous anger’ and protests over injustice, cruelty and oppression?
It is important to understand the origin and function of anger in all its aspects, so that we reduce our own suffering and that around us, instead of managing to add to it. The Indian master Shantideva talked about how a moment of anger undoes immeasurable amounts of goodness (or merit) — no doubt everyone can attest to the truth of this, having experienced it at an easily observable level, if not more profoundly. Rather than continuing to generate resentment and rage, both over historical issues or in-the-moment irritants, we can start to use both intellectual understanding and meditative practice to work constructively with our emotions. Buddhist teachings explain how we can become free of the toxic and heavy burden of anger, without needing to suppress or deny its energy.
Join Jigme Tromge Rinpoche for two Wednesday evenings of teachings and meditation to explore this topic. All are welcome, and no previous knowledge or experience is required. Teachings are free of charge; it is customary to make an offering to the lama at the end of the event.