Samsara is the cycle of existence in which one is endlessly propelled by negative emotions and the karmic force of one’s actions from one state of rebirth to another. The four thoughts that turn the mind from samsara are a series of life-changing contemplations which inspire a strong sense of renunciation – an urgent desire to emerge from samsara and follow the path to liberation. The four thoughts are:
- contemplating the preciousness of human life
- contemplating impermanence
- contemplating karma, or the law of cause and effect, and
- contemplating the suffering of samsara
These four thoughts are known as the ‘outer Ngondro’.
Pre-requisites: to have attended earlier modules on meditation (What Meditation Really Is) and some compassion teachings. Ideal for students who have attended previous introductory teachings on Ngondro but this is not essential.
Dates and Times: Thursdays, Sep 22 – Nov 24, 7.00pm – 9.00pm (with tea break)
Number of sessions: 10
Rigpa Centre, 3rd Floor, 12 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Registration open from 6.30pm on Thursday, September 22.