Wednesday 19 December 2018 (18:00 -20:00)
The paramitas or 'transcendent virtues' are the path and method of training of a bodhisattva, in Mahayana Buddhism, and also the main constituants of the marriage vows in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. In this class, visiting teacher Gregg Conlee will discuss how to work with the six paramitas: Generosity, Discipline, Patience, Exertion, Meditation, and Discriminating Wisdom.
Gregg Conlee has been practicing and studying in the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma Schools of Tibetan Buddhism for 46 years, since he first met Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972. Under Trungpa Rinpoche’s guidance, Gregg helped found Naropa Institute (now Naropa University) in 1974 as the Faculty Coordinator and had the opportunity to meet many of teachers that participated in that first summers’ Institute in Boulder, Colorado, including Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Over the years, Gregg worked at Vajradhatu, as a member of The Office of External Affairs, part of Trungpa Rinpoche’s organization that hosted visiting Tibetan Buddhist teachers including the 16th Karmapa, the Dalai Lama, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, and many of the great masters that had escaped from the communist Chinese invasion of Tibet. In 2008 Gregg had the fortunate opportunity to work as the national co-head of logistics coordinating and traveling with the 17th Karmapa, Uygen Thinley Dorje’s first visit to the United States.
From 1988 to 1992 Gregg served as the Ambassador, or principal teacher to the Chicago Dharmadhatu, a city mediation center. He has sat a number of Da-Thun’s, or 30 day sitting mediation retreats, has done many solitary retreats, attended the 1975 Vajradhatu Seminary, a three month long mediation and study program and at the 1988 Seminary, taught the Abhidharma, the ancient Buddhist texts containing detailed scholastic reworkings of doctrinal material appearing in the Buddhist Sutras. Recently, Gregg completed a six month retreat at Sopa Choling, the three year retreat center at Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, studying and practicing the Six Dharma’s of Naropa. Gregg currently lives in Crestone, Colorado where he serves on the Executive Committee of Karma Thegsum Tashi Gomang, the Stupa that was built for the 16th Karmapa.
This is a drop in class. No registration or fee is required to join. Donations are always appreciated.