Shenla-Odkar-smAt one time or another each of us suffers strong emotions that throw us off balance, cause us to act in ways we later regret and make us lose touch with our true nature. Join us April 14–June 1, 2013 for this online meditation course that offers a thorough introduction to the Six Lokas practices of the Bon Buddhist tradition, developed to help us live our lives in a balanced and relaxed way.

"Transforming Our Emotions Through the Six Lokas" is being offered by Ligmincha Institute through, which offers online meditation instruction drawn from the wisdom traditions of Tibet. Each meditation course is crafted by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, working with experts in educational technology, and features high-quality video teachings, guided meditations, readings, journal writing activities, and the opportunity to interact with senior mentors and classmates from around the world.

Centuries ago the masters of the Bon lineage developed the meditations of the Six Lokas. The meditations focus on the root causes of our suffering: anger, desire, greed, ignorance, jealousy, pride and laziness. Through each meditation we examine our habitual patterns so we may recognize them and then, through the enlightened energy of the Buddhas, purify and transform them. The practices have a deep healing and transformative power, and are traditionally practiced at length as a preliminary to dzogchen contemplation.

The course is structured in seven parts, with one week devoted to each section.
1. Introduction to the Six Lokas
2. The Hell Realms—Transforming Our Anger into Love
3. The Hungry Ghost Realm—Transforming Our Greed into Generosity
4. The Animal Realm—Transforming Our Ignorance into Wisdom
5. The Human Realm—Transforming Our Jealousy into Openness
6. The Demigod Realm—Transforming Our Pride into Peacefulnes
7. The God Realm—Transforming Our Laziness into Compassion

Course Features:

  • Teaching Videos—Receive original teachings by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche created especially for the course.
  • Guided Meditation Videos—Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche will offer guided meditations that you can do in your own home.
  • Meditation Assignments—Improve your daily life through formal and informal practices designed for each part of the course.
  • Personal Journal—Develop your experiences and insights through daily journal entries tracking your transformational journey.
  • Online Discussions—Contribute to a global discussion with your classmates facilitated by John Jackson, director of the Chamma Ling Retreat Center.

Study at your own pace and have access to all materials as they are released. It is recommended, however, that students make available one hour each week for the teaching videos, 30 to 90 minutes each morning for formal meditation practices and one to two hours for journaling and participating in online discussions.

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