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In the Wheel of Life, the world of karma is divided into six “realms”—these are the emotional, psychological and physical landscapes we create, inhabit, and often get stuck in. These six modes of existence are the god, jealous god, human, animal, hungry ghost, and hell realms. The description of each realm is colorful, vivid and immediately recognizable to us.
Based on a ritual painting that dates back to the time of the Buddha, The Wheel of Life teachings describe how karma works in our lives—how we all get trapped in confusing and painful patterns that we tend to repeat over and over and over again.
Everybody knows what it feels like to have an impossibly bad day—or year for that matter (hell realm), to crave something we cannot have (hungry ghost realm), or to feel blissfully happy and think that it will last forever (god realm). We have all visited each of these realms—for many of us one or two of the descriptions may feel hauntingly familiar!
Meditation can help to liberate us from cycling endlessly through the six realms. This workshop will help us to understand meditation practice as an accessible and non-religious practice, easily adaptable to life in the modern world, and as a technique for recognizing and letting go of our non-productive habitual patterns.
The workshop will include talks, discussion, meditation practice, instruction and a vivid exploration of our own lifelines based on these teachings. Students of all levels are welcome.
David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. David has been the Director of Buddhist Studies and Practice at OM yoga (founded by Cyndi Lee), Director of Karme Choling Meditation Center (Vermont), and Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training. He teaches meditation workshops around the world. David is also an Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated composer, guitarist, and producer—he has worked with artists including Krishna Das, Jerry Garcia, Stevie Wonder, Maria Muldaur, Lana Del Rey, and many others. www.davidnichtern.com / facebook.com/davidnichtern / twitter.com/davidnichtern