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Lama Willa Miller Class
Meditation Practice and Dharma talk with Lama Willa Miller
(one of Janine's main teachers)
Five Doorways to the Natural State
Monday, December 11
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Cost: donation (dana)
* Join us at 5:30 for a FREE Movement class!
Meditation is a key practice on the spiritual path for the development of inner peace, wisdom and joy. While meditation involves practice, it need not be tedious or complicated. Meditation can be as simple as relaxing, letting go, opening up, being present and sustaining.
These five steps, called “five doorways to the natural state”, gradually prepare the subtle body and mind to access our deepest innate wisdom and peace. Join Lama Willa and Janine as we explore these five doorways that lay the groundwork for the experience of spontaneous awakening, through both meditation and gentle asana.
We will deepen in the practices from last year's class. You are welcome to attend whether you came last year or not.
Please wear comfortable clothes for some yin & restorative poses.
Lama Willa B. Miller is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She has studied and practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for the last twenty years in the non-sectarian Kagyu, Nyingma and Shangpa lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. Over the years, her teachers and guides have included Kalu Rinpoche, Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Lama Norlha Rinpoche and others. She currently derives inspiration for her practice and teaching from Lama John Makransky, Anam Thubten and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
She completed two traditional Three Year Retreats in the nineties, was authorized as a lama [Buddhist minister] in 1999, and teaches Tibetan Buddhist practice, meditation and yoga in the Northeast. Her teaching specialties include natural meditation (mahamudra), heart-cultivation (lojong), deity practice, body-based Buddhist yoga, and practices for deep retreat. In addition to her dharma teaching, she has a PhD in Religion at Harvard University.
She is author of the book Everyday Dharma: Seven Weeks to Finding the Buddha in You, a practical guide for getting started on the spiritual path, among other books and articles.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Bring a meditation cushion if you have one,
otherwise there will be plenty of blankets, blocks and chairs.