Karma and the Twelve Nidanas

with Douglas Anderson

April 2nd—April 23rd

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  • $150 Program Price
  • $175 Patron Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

SAVE THE DATE: February 23RD for an all day program with CAROLYN GIMIAN, editor of the book, THE FUTURE IS OPEN, by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche!

Karma and the 12 Nidanas class is a follow-up of the 2/23rd day with Ms. Gimian, and will include a further study of karma. The class begins on Tuesday, April 2 for four Tuesday evenings with Director, Douglas Anderson.

Karma is considered a very real and powerful force that drives our lives. Understanding how our thoughts and actions create the next moment, we see the patterns. We also see that karma itself is not solid. Through the practice of meditation, we can literally cut the karmic chain.

The primary source for this class is the newest release of Chogyam Trungpa’s teaching, The Future is Open, a collection of teachings on karma.  In this book, Rinpoche explains “It is possible to challenge karma, to prevent the inevitability of the cause and effect of karma. We can channel it in different ways, into good or bad karma…Beyond that, it is possible to prevent karmic cause and affect altogether and to prevent the karmic flow. So that gives us enormous hope and freedom…”

The “map” we will be using is the symbolism of the Wheel of Life, a portrait of the cyclical existence of confusion. The outer ring of the 12 Nidhana’s describes the truth of suffering; the inner ring, the 6 realms of samsaric existence; and the center of the wheel, the origin of suffering.

This class is taken from the Shambhala School of Buddhist Studies, a series of courses developed in the early 2000’s. This is a fantastic course for people early in their exploration of Buddhist teaching as well as a great refresher and reminder, for practitioners of all levels. It includes readings from Chogyam Trungpa as well as material from Thrangu Rinpoche.

The book is available via Amazon or your favorite bookseller. If you would like us to hold a book for you let us know in the "NOTES" section when you register online.


Douglas AndersonDouglas Anderson began studying with Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche in the early 1970’s.  He moved to the East Coast with Shambhala Publications in 1986. After 30 years of studying and teaching there, he moved back to Colorado and currently lives in Longmont.


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