About this series

Finding a Teacher and Engaging the Preliminaries

An 8-Week Series with Karuna

8:00am CT (60 minutes with optional additional 15 minutes to chat at the end), Thursdays

7 Jan - 25 Feb 2021

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An exploration of the first two verses of the profound "Source of All My Good" lam rim. 

Like a tree that begins as a seed that sprouts and simultaneously grows roots that burrow down toward nutrients and water while rising up toward the rays of the sunshine, so too this is how our spiritual path begins.  

Karuna will provide an overview of the life of the great Lama Je Tsongkapa and the Gelugpa lineage to which she belongs. She’ll then go over the essential preliminaries of a spiritual path and meditation practice. We’ll then deep dive through storytelling, visualizations, mantra, mudra, sharing, and lecture what it means to find and seek for a spiritual teacher and why this is a critical component to every practitioner's journey. 

We’ll journey across a sea, meet fantastic beings along the way, and will end up on the doorstep of a castle. 

Perhaps most importantly for 2021 and your practical everyday life, you will learn what it really means to take refuge in a teacher and your spiritual practice (even if you’re not sure what exactly that means). 

Each class will be an invitation to recharge your battery, recommit to your spiritual path, and reset your intention for the week.

The Good Road: A Year-Long Study

with Karuna

“If one keeps even a drop of the nectar of the name of this holy being Lama Tsongkhapa in a devotional heart, it plants the seed of liberation and one receives the fortune to practice and enjoy happiness from this life up to enlightenment.” - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Source of All My Good ("The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment") is a 14-verse instructional on how to find happiness and freedom.  In short, it is 14 verses on how to live a good life from birth to death.  

The Lam Rim Chen Mo, authored by the great Lama Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419),  is regarded as the father of the Gelugpa lineage – that of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  Lam means Path and Rim means steps/stages.  The Lam Rim Chen Mo is a complete instructional on how to live a good spiritual life from A to Z.  Originally written in a three-volume teaching, this distilled version is said to perfectly contain every instruction necessary to live a wholehearted and worthwhile life. As we turn toward 2021, what could be a better undertaking?

In this year-long study, we will explore the many elements of a spiritual path in great detail.  We shall discover how these many concepts from a Tibetan Buddhist perspective based on this important and beautiful work are applicable in every moment and decision in our life.  Though based on the teachings of the Buddha, we will explore how to apply this wisdom to our everyday life from many perspectives – regardless of faith, philosophy, or religion.  In other words, we will bring this gorgeous poem to life, finding applicability in each moment and circumstance in our daily life regardless your faith, spiritual practices, or religion. 

This is the second time Karuna has taught this precious text on Mind Oasis. Joining her on this good road will plant many good seeds in your heart for living an enlightened life (whatever that might mean to you). 

You are invited to join us for the whole year; however, each segment can be studied “stand alone” and therefore you can join us for a particular module if you prefer.  

You can expect Dharma talks, meditation practices, a fun thoughtful and somewhat zany community, and a stellar poetry selection. 

About Karuna

Leaning on the stellar instruction she has received from her teachers -- Hector Marcel, Kelly Lindsey, Denise Deniger, Michael Hewett, and Keith Kachtick, and Life Itself, Karuna designs her classes to create the type of reflection from which you can find a meaningful and enriching life. 

Sassy, fun, and knowledgeable, class with Karuna is sure to inspire.  You can expect to learn exactly what you need to create a joyful and curious life.  Expect your paradigm to shift in playful and potent ways. 

Karuna has studied Tibetan Buddhism extensively. She has taught and guided hundreds of hours of meditation sessions.  It is her greatest desire that all beings be happy and free.

When she isn't guiding meditation, working on writing a book, teaching a Dharma class, or trail running, you will find Karuna hiking with her husband Joseph and two dogs, Ruby Rose and Stella Bean in the mountains of ColoRocky. 

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