Songs of Realization - The Poetry of Enlightenment

From February 21, 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
Categories: Classes, Guest Speaker


In this class, we'll look at a few of the practical, earthy, beautiful and sometimes playful spiritual songs of the great Gelugpa Mahasiddha, Shar Keldan Gyatso (1606-1667) who was a Tibetan monk-scholar who, inspired by Milarepa, spent years meditating in the mountains and who, also like Milarepa, then sang spontaneous songs of spiritual advice and realization. Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche has used Shar Keldan Gyatso's texts as a basis for teaching in the past. We'll look at some passages from his poems that provide advice for applying the Dharma in everyday life and at other passages that provide inspiration for following one's deepest spiritual impulses.

Dr. Ladner began studying Buddhist meditation over 30 years ago. Over the years, he has studied Tibetan Buddhism closely with some of the greatest living Tibetan masters and with numerous leading Western scholars. He has been a student of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche for many years, and was also a close student of the late Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche. In recent years, he's been studying closely with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

Dr. Ladner has also taught Buddhist philosophy and meditation for a number of years at various meditation centers around the United States. He has taught workshops on using meditation in integration with psychotherapy — especially for evoking positive emotions such as compassion — at venues including Omega Institute, Tibet House, The New York Open Center, and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He also teaches workshops on these subjects for clinicians.

In addition to his Ph.D. in psychology (from Pacifica Graduate Institute), Dr. Ladner has also earned a B.A. with high honors in Religious Studies (from Wesleyan University) and an M.A. in non-fiction writing (from the University of New Hampshire).

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