This workshop will explore didactically and experientially the nature of the true experience of the emptiness of self and its clinical usefulness. When what is “true nature” from a Mahamudra/Dzogchen Buddhist point of view is experienced and understood, the inherent wholeness of oneself and one’s interconnectedness with all that is, also comes into experience. This intersection of Buddhist practice with deep psychological work can be very fruitful.
1) Understand intellectually the teachings on true nature, emptiness of self and phenomena, “form is emptiness, emptiness is form.”
2) Understand the relevance of this in healing deep psychological issues
3) Learn how to work with this with clients who have a meditation practice, and how to introduce the idea of this work to clients new to meditation
Speaker: Lama Palden
The Resident Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation is Lama Palden, who completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three-year retreat under Kalu Rinpoche’s guidance in 1985. In 1986 she became one of the first Western women to be authorized as a lama in the Vajrayana tradition. In addition to Kalu Rinpoche, she has studied with many of the great Tibetan masters from all lineages.
Since 1986, Lama Palden’s teachings have translated Vajrayana Buddhist principles and practices in ways that make them accessible to Westerners. She has a deep interest in fostering psycho-spiritual awareness within daily life. She is a mother of