Two Great Women Teachers of Tibet
A Weekend with Sarah Harding
Chöd: Balancing the Fearsome Warrior and the Loving Mum
Friday, April 5, 10 am – noon and 2 – 4 pm
Machik Lapdrön was a Tibetan woman who lived from the mid-eleventh to mid-twelfth centuries and developed a system called “Chöd” (gcod), “Severance" or “Cutting", that takes the Buddha’s teachings on the perfection of wisdom (prājñāpāramitā) as a basis, and applies them to the immediate experiences of negative mind states or malignant forces. Her unique feminine approach is to invoke and nurture the very “demons” that we fear and hate. Lama Sarah will explore her life and the sources of her teachings, as well as inquire how to understand this ancient perspective into modern times. Recommended reading before attending the teaching.
No preregistration needed and all are welcome. Suggested donation, $60 for the day. KSC encourages participants to commit to the full day if possible. Please visit www.kscashland.org for more information.
Niguma, Woman of my Dreams
Saturday and Sunday, April 6 – 7, 10 am – noon and 2 – 4 pm
Niguma was an eleventh-century Kashmiri woman who was one of the two women credited with being primary sources for the Shangpa Kagyu. This is an important Tibetan lineage, propagated in recent times by the great master Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche. Usually associated with her more famous brother Naropa, her own esoteric teachings were received under very mysterious circumstances, yet continue to this day. Lama Sarah will explore her life, the lineage she inspired, and deeply engage in her writing “Stages in the Path of Illusion, a detailed spiritual cartography. Recommended reading: Chapter One of Niguma, Lady of Illusion (pp. 37-133), by Sarah Harding. If you own the book, please bring it with you to the weekend teaching sessions, or sit next to someone who has a copy! Thank you.
No preregistration and all are welcome. Suggested donation: $120 for the weekend. KSC encourages all participants to commit to the full weekend if possible. Please visit www.kscashland.org for more information.