Khenpo Pema (Lama Pema Wangdak)
returns to Springfield Vermont December 7 and 8.
It will be a special homecoming for us, as Khenpo Pema has traveled to several continents since he was last here.
Saturday programs begin at 9:30 am, with a shared pot luck lunch at about noon.
The afternoon program will run from 1:00-4:30.
If you would like to join us for dinner at our home at 6:00pm Saturday night, please be in touch about menu. (These informal dinners are very special.)
Sunday talks and practice are also special, as it seems more long term practitioners attend, and Khenpo Pema responds to those attending.
If you would like a private session with Khenpo Pema, please let Tom know
You needn't have a question or issue; something meaningful always comes up!
Again, if you'd like to join us for dinner on Saturday night, or have a private session with Lamala,
please be in touch by email or telephone.
Anyone may attend for all or any part of these programs...
We hope for contributions (as generous as possible) to support Khenpo Pema's teaching, and his schools in Nepal and India. Kathleen will be available to share her experience at Lama Pema's school in India...the need is great...the students are grateful, and donations go a long way to support them! Consider sponsoring one of his students or monks!
For more resources, check out the Sakya Page
What is Sojong?
(from the www.sakyausa.org website)
Sojong is the act of following one day 'lay' precepts and is a purification ritual. Many Buddhists follow Sojong on holy days, and full, half and new moon days. The precepts are the same as monastic precepts, except instead of taking them for life, the lay practitioner takes them one day at a time. They are a very effective way to help train the body and speech of a lay practitioner, which will help with one's meditation practice.
More info on Lojong
Both Mahayana and Theravadin Buddhism has the tradition of taking the eight precepts for a full day (sunup to sunup) for laypeople. In the Theravadin tradition laypeople must take these precepts each time from a monk. In the Mahayana, the first time they take the eight precepts they take them from a monastic and then they can take the precepts on their own.
Taking the precepts accrues a great deal of merit making it a good practice for laypeople.
The precepts themselves are the five precepts - refrain from killing, stealing, harsh speech, alcohol and intoxicants (except medicine), and refraining from sexual activity and additionally refraining from singing and dancing (entertainments, so no TV, but also makeup and perfume), avoid high beds and high seats (this is a reduction in pride and exercise in humility but you can sleep in your normal bed), and avoiding eating after noon (and in some versions eating once and finishing eating before noon as well).
What is Lojong? If you are new to the points of Lojong mind training, the following 2 links offer a place to start. The points of Lojong mind trainingare extremely practical, and very helpful in daily life and practice.
An article by Pema Chodron: http://www.shambhalasun.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1562