We are very happy to announce that Bill Karelis will lead a meditation program on “Fear and Fearlessness – the path of Meditation” according to the Shambhala Terma of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Cologne March 22nd – 24th 2013, upon the invitation of the Dharma Haus Benchen Tashi Ling. Please also check Bill’s personal website: www.thebluepancake.org
and the website of the event in Cologne: Bill-Karelis-in-Cologne
According to the Shambhala discovered treasure (terma [Tib.]) of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, when fear arises in our state of mind, it is an opportunity to discover and express fearlessness. We do not have to run from our fear, but rather we can turn and face it in ourselves. The ideal circumstance to do this is the sitting practice of meditation. When we face our fear in meditation, and also by extension in everyday life, just the act of doing so brings out our innate fearlessness. At first, this is quite a difficult thing to do. Our legs may be wobbly and our voice tremulous. Nonetheless, as we rouse ourselves again and again, something magical begins to occur. Fearlessness comes very close on the heels of fear, and our fear lessens. Over time, our fearlessness may become our primary affiliation, even as waves of fear continue to arise.
In this public talk and weekend program, Mr. Karelis will describe the process by which we can transform our fear into fearlessness, through the medium of the discipline of sitting meditation. He will give meditation instruction and a series of talks, with time for questions and answers. There will be periods of sitting which last about twenty minutes, alternated with walking meditation, as well as social time, and an opportunity for individual interviews.
Bill Karelis was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US, and attended Harvard College. He spent many years in busines, at the same time as he received Dharma training from his main teacher the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He also studied and practiced under the guidance of HH the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa, Kyabje Tulku Ugyen Rinpoche, HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and Khenchen Namdrol Rinpoche.
Bill began presenting the insights of meditation in 1977. Over the last twenty years, he has taught widely in the United States, Europe and many other countries around the world. He has done extensive prison work, and he practices the artistic disciplines of calligraphy, photography and poetry. His first book, “Living Life Fully: Finding Sanity and Goodness in the Unpredictable”, has just been published this year. He lives with his wife, Brigitta, in Boulder, Colorado.