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Perfect Purity: Resting in the Equality of All Phenomena

Sukhasiddhi Foundation
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Join Lama Dondrup in this 6-week class series as she explores how to unlock our habitual dualistic perspective and recognize and live in the experience of the equality of all phenomena.

When habitually resting in a dualistic perspective, we differentiate all that we experience into categories of pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral. Once this differentiation has taken place, the aggregates of perception and mental formations instantly arise and we find ourselves on the path that inevitably leads to ours hearts and minds being tossed about by continuous waves of praise & blame, gain & loss, pleasure & pain, fame & disrepute; the eight worldly dharmas.

The teachings of the Prajnaparamita Sutra offer a sure path to liberation from this daily samsaric experience. In the Prajnaparamita Sutra, we learn that our desire for the pleasant, our aversion to the unpleasant, and our bewilderment regarding the neutral, as well as all afflictions are perfectly pure. We learn that the entirety of all phenomena is, in fact, perfectly pure. All that we experience arises from our mind and when directly looked at, we recognize that our mind is none other than Awakened Mind, emptiness and clarity inseparable.

As we walk the bodhisattva path, it is essential that we begin to directly experience the Ultimate Truth of perfect purity and the Relative Truth of duality as arising simultaneously. This will allow us to manifest awakened qualities in our daily life and to face injustice, ignorance, and the deep pain and suffering of these times with unbounded hearts.

In this class series, we will explore these teachings through meditation, teachings sourced in part from the Prajnaparamita Sutra and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso’s Sun of Wisdom, as well as extended periods of chanting of the Verses of Perfect and Complete Purity to help us cut-through the well-traveled path of habitual thinking.

Lama Döndrup has practiced and studied in the Buddhist tradition for over twenty years. After five years of Theravadin Buddhist training, she immersed herself in the teachings and practices of the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu Vajrayana lineages. In 2005, she completed the traditional three-year retreat and was authorized as a lama. Upon her return to Marin County, she began teaching classes and leading pujas at Sukhasiddhi Foundation. Lama Döndrup enjoys guiding students through creation and completion stage practices; helping them to feel confident in their own understanding of the rituals and teachings; and supporting the natural unfolding of their innate wisdom. In addition to her Buddhist practice, Lama Döndrup has trained in the Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in piano performance. She is on the piano faculty at San Domenico Music Conservatory.