The Five Wisdoms I: Working with Difficult Emotions
Exploring the Five Buddha Families and working with difficult emotions
The fundamental premise of Vajrayana/Tibetan Buddhism is that we are primordially pure and that we innately possess all the wisdom and compassion of an awakened being. Because we do not yet recognize this, we experience the energy of these awakened qualities in an obscured way. Rather than experiencing wisdom, we experience difficult emotions as we are tossed about by the challenges in our life.
The teaching of the Five Wisdoms is a way for us to understand our potential and recognize the wisdom that lies dormant within each emotion. We learn that when we liberate the contracted energy of emotions, we experience boundless clarity, spaciousness, equanimity, discernment, and capacity to act.
When difficult emotions arise, we are actually experiencing the energy of awakened qualities, but in an obscured way. Rather than experiencing the energy openly and directly, as awakened wisdom and compassion, we contract immediately around the sense of self and other, and instead experience the energy as an emotional reaction such as anger, jealousy or clinging, as we are tossed about by the challenges in our life.
Once we learn to open to the wisdom in the energy, rather than stay in the contracted state, we can use our strong negative emotions as a gateway into realizing our innate wisdom and compassion.
The teaching of the Five Wisdoms is a way to access our innate nature and recognize the wisdom that lies dormant within each emotion. We learn to recognize the contracted energy of emotions, and how to liberate the energy so that we experience boundless wisdom of clarity, spaciousness, equanimity, discernment, and capacity to act.
We invite you to join Lama Döndrup as she teaches so clearly these aspects of mind and fundamental wisdom energies in these six video sessions of teachings, meditations, images and reflection that lead us to our innate, awakened wisdom. In this first series, Lama Döndrup provides and in-depth overview of the two aspects of mind and the Five Buddha Families, their Wisdoms and contracted states, and goes into detail for three of the Five Wisdoms.
It is a life changing teaching.
Lama Döndrup is the Resident Lama of Sukhasiddhi Foundation overseeing the curriculum and offerings at Sukhasiddhi in collaboration with the lamas and dharma leaders on the teachers council. She has practiced and studied in the Buddhist tradition for over twenty five years. After five years of Theravadin Buddhist training, she immersed herself in the teachings and practices of the Shangpa and Kagyu Vajrayana lineages. In 2005, she completed a traditional three-year retreat and was authorized as a lama. Upon her return to Marin County, she began teaching classes and leading meditations at Sukhasiddhi Foundation, and in 2020 was authorized by Lama Palden Drolma as Resident Lama. Lama Döndrup is honored to guide students through all stages of the spiritual journey; helping them to feel confident in their own understanding of practices and teachings; and supporting the natural unfolding of their innate wisdom and compassion. In addition to her Buddhist training, Lama Döndrup trained in the Diamond Approach for seven years and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in piano performance.
StartPart 1: Overview of the Five Wisdoms in their Direct and Restricted Qualities (62:34)
StartPart 2: The Wisdom of All Encompassing Space (72:20)
StartPart 3: The Wisdom of Mirror-Like Clarity (73:24)
StartPart 4: The Wisdom of Mirror-Like Clarity continued (78:54)
StartPart 5: The Wisdom of Equality (79:08)
StartPart 6: The Wisdom of Equality continued (79:53)