Term: Mondays July 5 – August 9
In this course you’ll gain a clear idea of the path to enlightenment, especially its three main components: renunciation, bodhichitta, and the right view of emptiness. You will understand the progressive, step-like structure of the Lamrim, its origin in the teachings of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, the three scopes, where you fit at your present stage of spiritual development, what you need to do next, and how you get from there to enlightenment.
Elaine Jackson is one of the early founders of Vajrapani Institute. A student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1977, she has studied with many of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and others too numerous to list. In her secular life, Elaine founded, and for many years ran Sincerely Yours, a graphic design and print shop in Boulder Creek. She also served as Executive Director of Vajrapani Institute for five and a half years before retiring in 2008. Prior to entering a three-year retreat in 2010, Elaine engaged in a month-long solitary retreat every year for 14 years to deepen her practice. She continues to lead a contemplative life while offering teachings and meditation support and has served as the Resident Teacher at Vajrapani Institue for three years.