January 16 – March 5, 2016
This online course reveals a very effective means of self discovery and transformation, based upon the ancient system of the Six Lokas, or realms of existence. On one level these realms of existence can be understood as realities separate from our own, and are traditionally described as the realms of the gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hell beings. In the mythology of these realms, each suffers from its own distinct malady, for example the gods are spiritually lazy for they live such a comfortable life, while the animals suffer from their ignorance since they do not have higher cognitive abilities. The mythology, stories and teachings around these realms are rich in their meaning and symbolism, and are easy to relate to our own lives. We have probably all met people who are constantly suffering in their own private hell realm, or met wealthy people who fail to do anything meaningful with their lives.
On a personal level, the Six Lokas relates to how we experience powerful emotions within ourselves. When we become angry are we swept away by our anger and come to regret it later? Do we allow our desires and attachments to create yearnings within ourselves that never seem to be fulfilled? Does our pride bring us into needless conflict with others? Do we experience fear and doubt that keeps us from manifesting our true potential? Each of these experiences could be described as experiencing a realm within ourselves.
In this course we explore each of the realms and their emotions, and we learn meditations that transform negative emotions, like anger, jealousy and attachment, into positive qualities, such as love, openness and generosity. By working with each meditation for several days, and reflecting on how each emotion manifests within ourselves we become more self aware, and can catch the emotions before they fully manifest. Then through meditation we can dissolve the very seeds within us that causes these difficult emotions, and go beyond to manifesting the beautiful positive qualities that are innate within each of us.
The format of this online course, lasting over a month, allows people to go more deeply into the practices than a typical weekend workshop. And the social support of everyone engaged in the course, sharing their experiences and insights, creates a strong sense of community support. In addition to the in depth teachings and meditations offered by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche in the course, we also use the book Opening the Heart of Compassion, by Martin Lowenthal and Lar Short, which gives another view of the Six Lokas practices. If you have not experienced an online meditation course, you will probably be surprised ad the depth of the experience.