with Tenzin Dechen Rochard
Saturday 25 March 10:30 – 17:00 & Sunday 26 March 10:30 – 16:00
A fundamental principle of Buddhism is non-violence—in thoughts, words and deeds. This is not some abstract principle, but rather a lived experience that can be nurtured. Buddhist practitioners aim to cultivate a virtuous stream of awareness moment by moment, which functions both as the goal of the spiritual path and the means to achieving that goal.
Training the mind in this way naturally involves contemplating the manner in which things exist—because at the root of all harmful attitudes is a misapprehension of the relationship between the perceiver and the perceived. Cultivating the mind of wisdom that sees ultimate reality will gradually uproot this misconceiving.
Thus, as the Buddha said, “Pure supreme wisdom is the most excellent ethical conduct.” However, in order to develop this supreme ethical conduct, the practitioner needs to develop meditative concentration; and in order to do this, the practitioner needs to cultivate pure ethical conduct in a more conventional sense. Even at the most basic level, we can observe in our daily experience how training in ethics leads to happiness within one’s own mind and society as a whole. A mind free of anxiety, harmful thoughts, craving, jealousy, and pride is a mind that is naturally at ease and able to consider the needs of others. His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks of three levels of ethics: the ethics of restraint, virtue, and altruism. In this weekend workshop we shall explore all three types of ethical training to discover a practice that is meaningful and beneficial not only for ourselves, but for others too.
Please email email@example.com to confirm a place. Suggested Donation £25 per day.
Tenzin Dechen Rochard is a Buddhist practitioner, scholar, translator and author. She was ordained by H.H. Dalai Lama in 1986 and completed the 10 year study programme at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India. She also studied with Prof. Geshe Sopa for several years, translating and editing the ‘wisdom’ volume of his commentary on Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo. Now in lay life once more, she has a PhD in Buddhist philosophy from the University of Cambridge and is currently working on various project for The Dalai Lama Trust.