His Holiness Khabje Sangye Pema Zhepa Dudjom Rinpoche will visit Newport this Saturday, July 14, to talk about “Bodhicitta,” a Buddhist concept of compassion.
Lama Gyaltsen of Corvallis, a regular visitor to Newport who was instrumental in getting Rinpoche to visit Oregon, said Bodhicitta is not about religion and rather refers to the enlightened mind.
“Bodhicitta is what already exists in the minds of all beings,” Gyaltsen said. “It isn’t apparent right now because it’s temporarily dormant. In order to realize Bodhicitta, first one needs to practice expanding the mind. How one can do that is by developing compassion, wishing for all beings to be free from suffering; love, wishing for all beings to have happiness; and joy, rejoicing in their happiness; all without any discrimination or biases and from the bottom of your heart. If one practices like that one can realize Bodhicitta and through that benefit others.”
This is the first visit to Newport for Rinpoche, who is visiting from his monastery in Nepal.
The teaching will run from 4 to 6 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.
For more information, contact Suzette Bell at 541-563-2442.