"Inner realizations do not arise magically from the earth, and they do not fall from the sky. Gaining deep experience depends on certain inner conditions, which we can create by engaging in the preliminary practices. Just as a farmer needs to prepare the ground before he plants his crop, so we need to prepare our mind before we can hope to harvest a crop of spiritual realizations. There are many people who are very interested in meditation but who, not understanding the importance of the preliminary practices, neglect them and consequently are disappointed when their efforts in meditation do not yield results. They are like a farmer who fails to weed, fertilize, or water his field, but still expects his crop to flourish. The more conscientiously we practice the preliminaries, the more easily we will gain realizations."
Extracted The New Eight Steps to Happiness by Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.
Every week at Kadampa Meditation Center Boston there is an opportunity to gather together, in person or online, and engage in chanted prayers (pujas). They all involve some time for meditation and many involve making special offerings and prayers, for those who have recently died, for those who are experiencing obstacles and difficulties in their lives or in their Dharma practice, and for everyone in the world to find a lasting inner peace.
If you would like to add anyone to the dedication list please email education@meditationinboston.
Click on any of the links below to learn more. Free. Everyone is welcome. Please visit the monthly calendar for schedule details.
Heart Jewel with Lamrim meditation. Fridays, 11am-12pm.
Wishfulfilling Jewel. Wednesdays, 5-6pm.
Offering to the Spiritual Guide. Monthly, on the 10th and 25th.
Tara. Monthly, on the 8th.
Powa Ceremony. Monthly.
Melodious Drum. Monthly, on the 29th.
If you are joining online, all of these sessions are offered via these Zoom details:
Meeting ID: 985 537 0591
January 1, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm