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Sparks Will Fly!

The Transmission of Vajrayana in the Modern World

“When East Meets West, sparks will fly.”
~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

A series of talks surveying the views, styles and teachings of contemporary Vajrayana teachers in the modern world by their close students.


Class Description: This is a critical time in the transmission of Vajrayana Buddhism to the modern world, including Asia, the West, and the entire world. After years of an initial honeymoon period, critical questions are arising around the dynamics and practices of Vajrayana. Deeper levels of culture shock are emerging. Principal among these are the guru-student relationship and the adaptation of tradition to modern circumstances.

At the same time, as Vajrayana has taken gradual root over half a century, and as practitioners have practiced, studied, and come to experience increasingly deeper levels of the teachings, a very rich, brilliant, and prolific contemporary expression of Vajrayana dharma is arising, as both teachers and students meet the challenges of the times.

This series of talks will present and examine the approach to teaching by several lineage teachers who have prominent roles in transmitting Vajrayana to the modern world, presented through the eyes of their students and our fellow practitioners. Each speaker will explore the particular approach of their teacher in engaging the modern world, discuss their approach to practice, then present a core teaching of the particular teacher.

When: Mondays, Oct. 14 – Dec. 9.
Where: Dharma Ocean (See directions below)
For whom: Vajrayana students, those who have received formal Vajrayana transmission from a lineage teacher.
What: Practice (meditation, guru yoga, guided meditation), talks, and discussion.
Cost: $125

Financial assistance: Ri-mé Society will accommodate anyone needing financial assistance to attend Ri-mé Society classes and events. If this applies to you, send your request for financial assistance to rimesociety@yahoo.com.

Speakers and Topics:

Please note that this class is full

Oct. 14: Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.
Oct. 21: Paul MacGowan on Mingyur Rinpoche, screening part of his film A Joyful Mind, on Mingyur Rinpoche and meditation in today’s world.
Oct. 28: Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen on Pönlop Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsültrim Gyatso Rinpoche.
Nov. 4: Bob King and Greg Rabold on Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Nov. 11: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche himself.
Nov. 18: Sarah Harding on the old Kalu Rinpoche and new Kalu Rinpoche, and the relevance or not of the tulku system for us.
Nov. 25: Sam Bercholz speaking on Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.
Dec. 2: Ken Campbell on Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
Dec. 9: Tania Leontov and Cassell Gross on Gangteng Tulku Rinpoche.

Feast: The fall session will conclude with a Solstice Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast on Sunday, Dec. 15, 3pm, at the Dojo hall (the room right next to, or north of, the Events Center), Naropa University Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Ave.

Directions to the new Dharma Ocean, 7102 La Vista Place. Niwot, Colorado
Recommended, safer route: Take the Boulder-Longmont diagonal highway from Boulder past IBM and past Monarch Road to the Niwot Road exit. where there is a traffic light. Exit to the left, or west, onto Niwot Rd, drive down to 71st St, take a left turn and drive to Monarch Rd. La Vista Place is on the southeast corner of Monarch Rd. and 71st St. The distance from 28th Street and Iris in Boulder is 7 miles and the driving time is about 8 minutes, barring rush hour traffic.
GPS will tell you to turn left off the Diagonal onto Monarch Road, but the above route is much safer.




Oct 14th, 2019 - Dec 9th, 2019


Dharma Ocean 7102 La Vista Place
Niwot, CO 80503 United States