Developing and maintaining a meditation practice is no small project.
Deep, engaged and thoughtful practice generally involves inviting that which is unpleasant alongside that which is pleasant.
This isn’t always easy.
In fact, sometimes our greatest teachers are the places in which we get stuck, or angry, or feel lost, or anxious.
How do we build our practice to welcome and embrace hardship when such emotions arise?
One thing is certain: such practice has a way of transforming our limitations into fields of vast opportunity. Yet can we embrace hardship?
Join Lama Justin as he shares teachings and practical advice on how we can cultivate insight within the experience of difficult emotions.
Interacting with Everyday Phenomena
Can we learn to bring whatever it is that we are experiencing right now into our practice? There will be two short practical meditation sessions, one of which is a guided visualization and the other a meditation rooted in the Vajrayana insight tradition in which the meditation instruction known as Tilopa’s Six Nails will be transmitted - this continues throughout the course.
Death and Dying
Informed by his prior work in hospice care, Lama Justin shares his experience teaching Buddhist end-of-life practices. Explore the fundamental truth of impermanence, as well as the emotional reactions associated with death and loss. Look at how we can experience insight and freedom from the way fear and anxiety affects us, by resting gently in what arises.
Finding Ourselves in Difficult Places
Explore what it means to learn to embrace that which is difficult and even painful with the practice of insight. Lama Justin will share his experiences as a chaplain at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, as well as tantric Buddhist practices that nudge us in the direction of embracing the full range of reactions associated with interacting with that which is hard and scary.
Learning to Continue Practicing with Radical Openness
Understand the importance of continuing our practice with a commitment to direct radical openness towards everything that we experience. We will explore the cultivation of heart essence of insight and what it means to learn how to curate our practice so that we can have confidence and skill in bringing our shadows into our practice, and perhaps, bring our practice off of our cushions and into the world in which we live.
Four Recorded Teachings
Filmed in high definition with teachings and guided meditations. Released each Friday during the course and can be watched at your own pace throughout the week. Each recorded teaching is 35-45 minutes.
Four Live Sessions of 60 minutes
This is your chance to connect with Lama Justin live, ask questions, clarify your understanding and share what’s coming up for you in the course. Ask your questions on screen using your webcam, or via text. The power of being included and heard can offer great benefit in your process.
Live Session Dates
All sessions are 60 minutes long, and start at 9am PT (Los Angeles), 12pm ET (NY), 5pm UK (London), 6pm EU (Paris)
Interactive 1: Sunday 16 September Interactive 2: Sunday 23 September Interactive 3: Sunday 30 September Interactive 4: Sunday 7 October
All live sessions will be recorded and made available for those who are not able to attend the live times.
Join in a virtual online sangha where you can come together with other like minded souls, learning and supporting each other.
Justin von Bujdoss is an American Buddhist teacher and chaplain.
Ordained as a repa in the Karma Kamstang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche in 2011 and given the name Repa Dorje Odzer. Justin is passionate about the preservation of the heart-essence of the tantric Buddhist tradition in a way that meets the needs of, and simultaneously challenges, the modern western way of life. He is committed to the development of a repa tradition rooted in the west and has been working to this end for a number of years.
Justin is presently the first dedicated Staff Chaplain for the New York City Department of Correction where he provides spiritual support for the 13,000 employees, both uniformed and non-uniformed, who work throughout the New York City Corrections system.
Lama Justin offers wonderfully clear, totally practical teachings rooted in his deep love for and commitment to the repa (lay yogi) tradition of the Karma Kamtsang lineage of Tantric Buddhism. His teachings are directly aimed at combating the suffering caused by the particular forms of loss, trauma, and oppression that arise in contemporary western societies and cultures. Students who apply Lama Justin's teachings with discipline and diligence discover within ourselves powers of healing, wisdom, and liberation that were always there but completely obscured by our ego-clinging.
I have been a practicing Buddhist for almost 30 years. I have encountered many Buddhist teachers, from whom I have received countless dharma teachings. Lama Justin von Bujdoss (Repa Dorje Ozer) is one of the first, who embodies those teachings with fully engaged compassionate action. He walks his talk! He encourages us to step out of our comfort zone, to reach deep into our own authenticity, our own true nature, not by pointing the way, but by demonstrating how it's done. Nothing is asked of a student that hasn't been explored deeply by Lama Justin himself. If you want to take your practice off the cushion, if you want to live the dharma, not just think about it, not just contemplate it, but be truly liberated out of the confines of the self, don't walk to meet this teacher, run!
Lama Justin possesses an innate ability to understand my personal human "care and handling instructions." I don't even understand these instructions for myself, and often have difficulty articulating them to others. I hope that all beings have the good fortune to encounter their version of a Lama Justin Von Bujdoss!
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