In this course, Tina gives an overview of the “Open Monitoring” category of meditation, in particular, the Vipassana practice as it is taught in Theravada and Tibetan Buddhism. Vipassana is also known as Insight Meditation and utilizes our capacity to investigate, to more deeply understand phenomena so that we can develop equanimity in being with things as they are. Investigating our experience can also potentially lead to perceiving phenomena at their ultimate level.
Self-Transcending Practices: Dzogchen
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Tina provides an overview of the self-transcending practice of Dzogchen, and how it fits into the four neuroscience categories of meditation.
Tina sets the larger context of practice, by discussing the many aspects that are compelling about Dzogchen meditation and why one would want to undertake this practice.
Tina discusses how Dzogchen fits into the overall Buddhist practice path.
Tina describes “the view” from the awakened state, as it is pointed to and potentially experienced in Rigpa, the self-transcending stage of the Dzogchen practice.
Tina gives a history of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, including several of it’s founding and often colorful figures.
Tina provides an overview of the practice of Dzogchen.
Tina details the specific practice building blocks for Dzogchen, and gives brief instructions for each.
Tina provides teaching and goes into more detail about the first building block of Bodhicitta, the aspiration for awakening, for our own benefit and for the benefit of all beings.
Tina gives a guided meditation for the heart practice of Bodhicitta that begins every meditation.
Tina provides teaching and goes into more detail about the second building block of Samatha, also known as Shamata with Support, which is a meditation for concentration and serenity, cultivating a calm abiding.
Tina gives a guided meditation for the focused attention practice of Samatha / Shamata with Support.
Tina provides teaching and goes into more detail about the first part of the third building block of Samatha without Support, also known as Vipassana. In the Theravadan lineage, this is similar to what is known as Vipassana Choiceless Awareness.
Tina gives a guided meditation for the focused attention practice of Shamatha without Support/Vipashyana.
Tina talks about the specifics of working with hindrances and defilements for the Dzogchen practice.
Tina provides teaching and goes into more detail about the next part of the third building block of Shamata without Support, also known as Vipashyana/Vipassana. Tina has added a step called Non-Doing meditation, which makes it easier and more likely to be able to “realize rigpa” in Building Block four.
Tina gives a guided meditation for the Non-Doing meditation.
Tina provides teaching and goes into more detail about the fourth building block of Realizing Rigpa, which is the potential to have a “taste” of the non-dual state, which can over time become more accessible and even stable.
18. Practice Session 5 – Bodhicitta, Samatha, Vipassana, Non-Doing and Rigpa Meditations with Instructions
Tina gives a guided meditation for the entire sequence of meditation leading up to and including the possibility of realizing rigpa.
Tina provides teaching on the stages that are possible after realizing rigpa, that can cultivate and potentially lead to a stable rigpa, a stable realization of non-duality.
Tina Rasmussen is a meditation teacher who leads retreats and offers spiritual guidance and mentoring to practitioners worldwide. Her mission as a teacher is to foster awakening and its embodiment in worldly life through the application of authentic, rigorous Buddhist and modern practices.
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