Tulku Jigme Rinpoche lead a Vipassana, or special insight meditation retreat, July 27 and 28, at the Cottage Grove Temple. This illuminating weekend retreat began with Rinpoche offering an enlightening teaching on wisdom including a statement that wisdom is a question that encourages and leads us to take a journey into the nature of self, mind and reality. Through talks and guided meditations, Rinpoche skillfully facilitated this journey which allowed participants to discover that our views of reality are very small, contained and habituated due to the need to see life as stable and permanent. As the weekend unfolded, Rinpoche encouraged participates to explore attachments and subjective beliefs that create suffering and to look at the questions “Who are we really?” and “Do we exist as an inherently independent being?” Perceptions and views began to broaden. To balance the teachings on Wisdom, each afternoon Rinpoche offered talks and meditations on Compassion, including the beautiful practice of Tonglen, the practice of giving and taking, as a means to cultivate loving-kindness and compassion for ourselves and others. Overall, there was a feeling of inspiration and positive connection created through the joint partaking in meditations and discussions of these practices.
Participants left the weekend feeling grateful for Tulku Jigme Rinpoche’s revealing teachings and for being in his presence. We were given the tools to reorient our perception to see the world as it truly is and the motivation to use these on a daily basis for the happiness and well-being of ourselves and others.