Study, Contemplate, Meditate

For people interested in forming a study group, please E-mail:
expressing that interest. When there is enough interest, we will reply to you with the dates for the 5 part series.

Deepening our understanding of foundational Buddhist teaching

Vajra North will sponsor a 5-session group study program designed to respond to various needs expressed both by newcomers to Buddhist meditation practice, as well as by Dharma practitioners wishing a forum in which to deepen and consolidate their understanding of their meditation practice in the context of foundational Vajrayana Buddhist teachings.

In particular, a principal objective of these sessions is to address the needs of people who have attended teachings by visiting lamas, perhaps having received empowerment into Buddhist practice, and who feel a need to develop a clearer framework with in which to understand and practice the teachings received.

The overall format of each session will be based on the three basic foundation stones for deepening and integrating Buddhist teachings into daily life—study, contemplation and meditation. The main resource text for the study program will be Chagdud Rinpoche’s, Gates to Buddhist Practice, a copy of which will be included in the price of the program series.

The main topic areas to be reviewed over the five sessions were:

  • Basic perspectives & principles
  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma
  • Living in Harmony with the Dharma (Refuge & Bodhicitta)
  • Ngondro: The Foundation Practices

Each session will comprise periods of study, contemplation, discussion and meditation. Selected readings will be suggested as preparation for subsequent sessions, and participants will be encouraged to offer their own suggestions for relevant readings.

If you have questions or require additional information, please
call Rick or Cheryl at (867) 667-6951.