What You Will Learn in Each Lesson
An Introduction to Peaceful Abiding
Are you stressed out? From the moment we wake up in the morning, most of us are engaged in a sense of struggle: at work, with our family, or in our social life. Through the practice of calm-abiding meditation, we come to understand how we can switch our mental allegiance from struggle to peace, ultimately engaging our world from a more spacious viewpoint. We discover that underneath the layers of our own confusion there is, innately, a sense of wholeness and well-being.
Gentleness, Discernment, and Precision
In this lesson, Lodro introduces the four dignities of Shambhala: the tiger, the lion, the garuda, and the dragon, and shares how each of these legendary beings has a lot to teach us about how we can engage our life with mindfulness and compassion. In particular, we’ll focus on the tiger and its three most important qualities: gentleness, discernment, and precision.
Compassion and the Six Paramitas
How do we begin to live our lives in a more open-hearted way? In this lesson, we’ll learn about the characteristics of the snow lion and how we can unearth joy and compassion to discover that the only thing preventing us from living a fuller life is our own doubt. Lodro will introduce the six paramitas, or transcendental actions, which will serve us in cultivating compassion and overcoming the trap of doubt.
Most of us spend our day dividing the world up into people we like, people we don’t like, and people we frankly don’t care about. But we don’t need to divvy our world up in this way—sharing our heart with some and closing it off to others. In this lesson, we’ll learn how to expand our compassion to include all beings.
Going Beyond Hope and Fear
The dictionary defines equanimity as mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation. In other words, you can’t really achieve equanimity unless you have those intense obstacles in your life to work with. In this lesson, we explore the garuda and how it addresses the intensity of life—including aging, impermanence, and death—in a fearless manner.
Sacredness in Action
When we can tune into our world without getting lost in our own thoughts and storylines, we are able to appreciate just how sacred it is. In this final lesson, Lodro explains the concept of the dragon and how it embodies true wisdom and skillfulness. We will contemplate how connecting to our own innate wisdom allows us to act more skillfully in the world.