Green Tara Retreat and The Two Bodichitas
We all want wellbeing and happiness and we do not want to suffer. Recognizing in us this universal longing and then recognizing it in others is the first step of a journey that will allow us to discover our deepest nature and relate to ourselves and to others in a more satisfying and meaningful way.
Mahayana Buddhism, to which Tibetan Buddhism belongs, is based on the universal aspiration that all beings may find authentic happiness, a happiness that is not based on selfishness, and that they can be freed from dissatisfaction and suffering. It assumes the responsibility to contribute actively to make this aspiration a reality. The Mahayana path it is a path based on these aspirations, and also a path that seeks for a lucid vision of reality, which will allow to cultivate these aspirations and to actualize them with wisdom.
The aspiration to develop our potential to the fullest in order to be of help to others is what is known as conventional bodhicitta, which leads us to act meaningfully in our life. The lucid understanding of reality (of self and phenomena) allows us to understand the interdependent nature of phenomena, that no phenomenon exists independently, but that all reality we experience it depends on how we experience it, on how our mind filters and fixes the experiences we experience. This is related to what is known as ultimate bodhicitta, or the understanding of the emptiness of independent- and inherent-existence of phenomena and the self.
Yangsi Rinpoche will teach about these two bodhicittas from his deep understanding and at the same time from his knowledge of the western world and people. His teachings will be combined with the practice of Green Tara. Rinpoché will lead the retreat.