THE FOUR THOUGHTS: TURNING MIND TOWARD ENLIGHTENMENT (lecture@UW)
|When:||Tuesday March 14|
|Time:||7:30 pm - 9:30 pm|
Every Diamond Way Buddhist meditation starts with four essential statements that we use to prime ourselves to strive for liberated states of mind.
THE FOUR THOUGHTS: TURNING MIND TOWARD ENLIGHTENMENT will touch upon:
- the precious conditions that allow us to meditate now
- how everything we normally identify with constantly changes
- the empowering nature of positive karmic actions
- the goal, enlightenment, which can be realized through consistent meditation
The evening will include an introduction to Buddhism and a guided meditation (no previous experience needed to attend).
This lecture is free and will be given by John Christopherson, a Diamond Way Buddhist teacher from Madison who has practiced Buddhism for more than 18 years.
Upon arrival check the Today in the Union (T.I.T.U.) TV screens for the "DWB: Buddhist Meditation and Talk" listing to find the room location.
John was a searching idealist, originally from Medford, Wisconsin, when he embraced Buddhism and became a student of Lama Ole Nydahl in 1999. He immediately became a driving force behind the development of Diamond Way centers throughout the Midwest.
In 2006, Lama Ole asked John to teach, and he has since been invited to Diamond Way centers throughout North and South America and Europe and Russia. John has also spent an extensive amount of time at the Europe Center, Diamond Way Buddhism's international meeting point in southern Germany.
John is an elementary school teacher with a degree from UW-Madison and lives in town with his wife Madelyn.
The Diamond Way Buddhist Center of Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter of Diamond Way Buddhism belong to an international, non-profit network of nearly 700 lay groups and centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The Diamond Way centers have been founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and Hannah Nydahl and are under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.