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Tantric Buddhism Series: Karma and the Vajra with John Allen Gibel

  • Golden Drum 97 Green Street Apt G1 Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States (map)

Karma and The Vajra Path

Building upon information covered in the first class, we will delve into a deeper exploration of the concepts of karma, considering the idea of actions and their results as the primary force which sustains the illusion of selfhood and consequent suffering. We will also consider the techniques of the contemplative path as means to purify karmic congestion, thereby cultivating a sense of inner harmony. We will briefly cover theories regarding the mechanism whereby karma perpetuated. The aim of the class will be examine the concept of karma through the metaphor of yogic metamorphosis specifically within the framwork of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism.

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John Allen Gibel

John-Allen Gibel is a yoga teacher and filmmaker who’s early fascination with the spirituality of India and would lead to a life of training and diligent practice across various traditions and with many extraordinary teachers from the system of Ashtanga yoga, as well as Tibetan Buddhism. In his yoga classes, he synthesize the techniques of vinyasa-based movement for cultivating the harmonization of body, speech, and mind with the foundations of mindfulness, intuition, and sensitivity developed through meditation. He incorporates a knowledge of functional anatomy into his classes, emphasizing the principles of myofascial and neuromuscular therapies. John-Allen believes that yoga should be challenging, accessible, and ultimately liberating. Postural yoga and breath practice, in its highest expression, is skillful means for cultivating the calm abiding meditative awareness that gives rise to innate transformational insight into the spiritual meaning of our own humanity. Yoga, when applied with sincerity, can divest us of our artifice, the tethers of the ego, and open our hearts to the raw potentiality of our role as compassionate wisdom-beings in the world. John Allen lives in Tarapoto, Peru and is currently integrating his studies of yoga with the practices and techniques of Amazonian vegetalismo.