What is The All–Encompassing Path?
The All-Encompassing Path (AEP) is for Rigpa mandala students and consists of two core elements: Monthly Gatherings and the Home Study. The topics that are presented are an integral part of Rigpa’s curriculum. At present, our study focus is a famous text on training the mind in compassion called The Seven Points of Mind Training. The way this text is presented in the AEP is with a strong emphasis on reflecting and applying its key points to our lives, especially the attitude of transforming all adversity onto the path of awakening.
The Monthly Gatherings at local Rigpa centres are an important part of the All-Encompassing Path because this is where we can receive support and guidance from instructors, and where key teachings are shared.
These gatherings also give us the chance to discover with each other how we can use the teachings to deal with any challenges we face. We develop compassion and wisdom as a community and aspire to help each other as spiritual friends.
The Monthly Gatherings also feature recent Rigpa news, messages from our teachers and give the sangha the opportunity to discuss topics relevant to them, both international and local.
The Weekly Home Study
The weekly Home Study complements and enriches the teachings shared during the gatherings. You can watch and study the teachings at home in your own time, or meet up with Dharma friends to discuss them together.
Those following both the Monthly Gatherings and the Home Study will want to follow these in sequence. The Home Study deepens the topics covered in the Monthly Gatherings.
Since the start of the Lojong Module, the Monthly Gatherings and Home Study have featured teachings by (in order of appearance): Sogyal Rinpoche, Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Yangthang Rinpoche, Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, Andy Karr, Mingyur Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, along with Patrick Gaffney and other senior Rigpa teachers.
How to access these teachings
They are accessible to all Rigpa mandala student who subscribed to The All-Encompassing Path. A username and password is required to view them online or to download them onto your computer or device.
If you would like to join The All-Encompassing Path, please contact your local Rigpa instructor or centre coordinator for more information.
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