"Wherever you are, whatever you do, it’s essential to acknowledge your experience as something ordinary, the natural expression of your true mind. If you don’t try to stop whatever is going on in your mind, but merely observe it, eventually you’ll begin to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation, a vast sense of openness within your mind - which is in fact the natural mind, the naturally unperturbed background against which various thoughts come and go."
— Mingyur Rinpoche
About Nectar of the Path
Nectar of the Path is a concise liturgy composed by Mingyur Rinpoche to distill the key points of the Buddhist path as a reminder for daily practice. Each module includes teachings from Mingyur Rinpoche, detailed practice instructions, readings and suggestions for study, short introductions from Tergar guides, as well as live webinars and practice sessions.
Why should I attend?
If you have been wondering what tantra is and how to practice it, this course is for you!
Not only will you deepen your understanding, but you will also practice these profound teachings using a step-by-step approach and hear from lineage masters and leading voices within the Vajrayana tradition in interviews and webinars.
In this course, you will learn about
- The Four Thoughts, Refuge, Bodhicitta, and Guru Yoga
- How to practice the Nectar of the Path liturgy
- How to understanding of the principles of the foundational practices of Vajrayana Buddhism
this course includes:
Course curriculum 1
Module 1: The Four Thoughts
In the first module of the Nectar of the Path Course we will explore our understanding of the four thoughts that turn the mind towards the dharma. This exploration begins with finding an appreciation of this precious human life. We then reflect on the impermanence of all phenomena and examine the law of karma — causes and conditions. To conclude, we contemplate the suffering of samsara and how we so often are the creator of our own suffering.
Module 2: Refuge
In the second module of our exploration of the Nectar of the Path we will focus on refuge. We begin this exploration by looking into the meaning of refuge and why it is that we take refuge. From there we explore the different forms of refuge and how these mutually reinforce one another. We conclude this module by looking into the practice of refuge and how to use imagination to create a deep sense of connection with the enlightened qualities that are present within and around us.
Module 3: Bodhicitta
In our third module of the Nectar of the Path Course we will focus on motivation and explore the topic of bodhichitta. The first two sections will focus on the essence of aspiration bodhichitta and application bodhichitta, respectively. We will then look into the topics of meditation and wisdom, the final two of the six paramitas, and see how these are essential to our path of awakening.
Module 4: Guru Yoga
In the final module of exploring the Nectar of the Path we will focus on the essence of Vajrayana practice — guru yoga. We will begin this exploration by looking into the importance of faith and devotion, and from there move on to take a closer look at guru yoga itself and how to practice this in our formal meditation. The last section relates to dedication in which we conclude our practice by dedicating our efforts to the awakening of all beings.
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