ZOOM TALK: with Lama Sarah Harding “Why Do Deity Practice?”
March 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
It might seem strange, even unbuddhist, to imagine deities and perform elaborate rituals. The late, great Kalu Rinpoche tried to explain: “A complex discipline is necessary in order to deal with all the aspects of the human being, all the aspects of that barrier which we have set up between us and Truth. But for someone who wished to be persuaded, who wished to know that That is so near and so simple, all those techniques which are the inheritance of tantric Buddhism, and for which it is famous, all that skill would be completely useless.” (Dejardins, 1969) Let’s explore what that means and how it is supposed to work.
Dekling is delighted to host Kagyu Lama Sarah Harding, a translator and dharma teacher whose work we reference in our study and practice. Sarah completed the first three-year retreat for westerners at Kagyu Ling, France, 1976–1980. She has taught Tibetan language to hundreds of students over the years and is a direct disciple of the previous Kalu Rinpoche. Sarah taught at Naropa University in Colorado for 26 years and is the author of many, many books and other literary works on Buddhist practice, including
- Creation and Completion: Essential Points of Tantric Meditation, Jamgön Kongtrul
- Lion’s Gaze: The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious Sovereign, Patrul Rinpoche
- The Life and Revelations of Pema Lingpa, the Eighth Sungtrul Rinpoche
- Machik’s Complete Explanation: Clarifying the Meaning of Chöd, Machik Lapdrön
- The Treasury of Knowledge: Book VIII, Part 4; Esoteric Instructions, Jamgön Kongtrul
- Niguma: Lady of Illusion, Niguma
- The Treasury of Precious Instructions: Essential Teachings of the Eight Lineage Practice of Tibetan Buddhism, Vol. 14 – Severance Tradition, Jamgön Kongtrul
- The Treasury of Precious Instructions: Essential Teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages of the Tibetan Buddhism, Vol. 13 – Pacification Tradition, Jamgön Kongtrul
- The Treasury of Precious Instructions: Essential Teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages of the Tibetan Buddhism, Vol. 14 – Chöd, Jamgön Kongtrul
- Volume 8 of the Library of Tibetan Classics Series, Zhi byed dang gcod yul sogs gdams ngag thor bu’i chos skor
You must RSVP so we have your email address to send you the link the day before the talk. Registration will close the day before. This lively small-group talk is limited to Dekeling members and benefactors to provide ample space for conversation. Sarah is known for excellent dharma scholarship, expansive knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist practice, a good sense of humor and many good stories about dharma practice in the decades just passed. The talk is offered without charge and is another event meant to fulfill our community’s intention to lift up feminine voices in the dharma of the past and present so that an increasing number of practitioners may see themselves represented in the knowledge and practice of the buddhadharma.