The Path of Natural Wakefulness: Exploring Vajrayana

with Valerie Morvan & Norma Harris

June 5th—June 29th

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    Price:
  • $150.00 Program Price
  • $225.00 Patron Price
Room: Decatur

Delight is to open our eyes to the reality of the situation rather than siding with this or that point of view.”  Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

The Buddhist path is an organic one of natural growth presented as Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. We acknowledge the ground as it is, the chaos of the path, and the colorful aspect of the fruition. It is an endless odyssey exposing our confused habits and liberating us from dualistic fixation.

Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism is referred to as the expedient path because it can lead to true perfect enlightenment in one lifetime - this lifetime. While sometimes seen as esoteric, it is never separate from the basic teachings on mindfulness, awareness, egolessness and compassion.

At the beginning of the path we accept our basic qualities, which is ground tantra, and then we tread the path, which could be hot or cold, pleasurable or painful. In fruition tantra, we discover our basic nature. The whole process is an endless odyssey. Having attained realization, one does not stop at that point, but one continues on, endlessly expressing buddha activity.

The whole process of the spiritual path, from the Buddhist point of view, is an organic one of natural growth: acknowledging the ground as it is, acknowledging the chaos of the path, acknowledging the colorful aspect of the fruition. This class will introduce the view and basic principles of the Vajrayana path as presented by Tibetan meditation master and founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

This is a 4 week class is for anyone who wants to learn more about the Vajrayana Buddhist path. It will include readings, talks, meditation, contemplation, and discussion. Instructors Valerie Morvan and Norma Harris are both longtime Vajrayana practitioners and will share their personal experience and many years of study. 

Norma Harris has practiced meditation for more than 20 years. She is a meditation instructor, dharma teacher, and upadhyaya (Buddhist chaplain). Norma is a retired pediatric speech-language pathologist and was an assistant professor of speech communication at Morehouse College. “I have two MAs and a Ph.D. and the smartest thing I ever learned was how to meditate.”

Valerie Morvan has been teaching meditation programs for 20 years. She served as the Director of the Atlanta Shambhala Center from 2003 to 2011. Valerie currently sits on the board of Interfaith Atlanta and is a speaker for its Interfaith Speakers Network. She and her husband Nick have taken up horseback riding in their retirement and keep their horses at Little Creek Horse Farm right up the street from the center, where they ride and volunteer.

Limited scholarships are available for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Email Lisa Federico at [email protected] for more information.