On Saturday, July 14, His Holiness Khabje Sangye Pema Zhepa Dudjom Rinpoche will present a teaching at the Newport Visual Arts Center from 4 to 6 pm. He will talk about a path of compassion. This will be the first time he has been to Newport. He is visiting from his monastery in Nepal.
According to Lama Gyaltsen of Corvallis, a regular visitor to Newport who was instrumental in getting His Holiness to visit Oregon, a path to compassion means the enlightened mind, which is not about religion. The path to compassion, or Bodhicitta, is what already exists in the minds of all beings. It isn’t apparent right now because it’s temporarily dormant.
In order to realize Bodhicitta, first one needs to practice expanding the mind, 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 bias and from the bottom of your heart. If one practices such a process one can realize Bodhicitta and through that process benefit others.”
The teaching will be held on the second floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center at 777 NW Beach Drive in Nye Beach. There is no charge, though donations will be accepted. Newport Yeshe Nyingpo, a local Tibetan Buddhist group of the Nyingma tradition, is helping to coordinate the event. For more information, contact Suzette Bell at (541) 563-2442.