Weekend Intensive Teaching on:  Four Noble Truths & Two Truths:


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Weekend Intensive Teaching on: Four Noble Truths & Two Truths by Geshe Lobsang Dhondup – Translation by Palden Oshoe

From 9.00am until 5.00pm

At Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850


Namgyal Monastery Office / Office@namgyal.org Cell Phone: 607-279-8805

Weekend Intensive Teaching on:  Four Noble Truths & Two Truths by Geshe Lobsang Dhondup – Translation by Palden Oshoe


September 27 to 29, 2019    Cost: $140.


Friday - Introductory Talk : September 27, 2019 from  7:00pm to 8:30pm (Free & Open to Public – Donations are Welcome)


Live-Stream Recording:  This weekend will be live-streamed and recorded.  Livestream video recordings can be viewed at any time that is convenient and the links to the recordings remain available for 2-3 months.  The cost for live-stream access is $120.  To register for live-stream recording email deana_bodnar@msn.com and send payment to Namgyal Monastery (contact office@namgyal.org for information on payment options).



The Four Noble Truths and the Two Truths are two key foundational teachings within Buddhism.

 The Four Noble Truths were taught by Buddha Shakyamuni during his first turning of the wheel of Dharma at Deer Park.  The Four Noble Truths are: the truth of suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path to the cessation of suffering.  In brief, the truth of suffering refers to our experience of afflictive emotions and the actions we take based on these afflictive emotions.  The cause of this suffering arises from our misconception of things as appearing to exist independently compared to how they exist in reality.   The cessation of suffering occurs when we overcome this misconception through the development of wisdom that understands and sees the reality of how things exist.  This wisdom is cultivated through various practices that comprise the path. 

The Two Truths form the foundation of the philosophical view of the nature of reality within Buddhism.  The conventional or relative truth of persons and phenomena describes our common-sense experience of them in our daily lives.  The absolute or ultimate truth describes how persons and phenomena actually exist beyond our normal day-to-day perceptions of them, namely their selflessness.  An understanding of the two truths and their relationship is essential for the development of wisdom within Buddhism.

During this weekend intensive, Geshe-la will provide an in-depth explanation of the Four Noble Truths and Two Truths and how they relate to each other as well as to our daily lives.  This weekend intensive is ideal for persons new to Buddhism as it will give a sound foundation for further study.  This teaching will also provide deeper understanding of these topics for those who have been studying Buddhism for some time.


Biography: Geshe Lobsagn Dhondup was born on the 15th of August 1974 in Orissa, India.  He studied in the local primary school to the age of twelve.  Geshe Lobsang Dhondup joined Sera Mey Mopnastery in Bylakuppe, South India where began his basic monastic education including Tibetan grammar and script, memorization of Buddhist scriptures.  While completing the Buddhist Sutra and Tantric courses such as Pharchin, Uma Dua Ngompa Zoeand Sang-ngag he spent much of his time offering voluntary classes to the lower grades in the same Monastery.


From the yerar 2006 to 2012 he immersed himself in his studies.  During this six year period he astoundingly completed his Karam ( Bachelors in Buddhist Philosophy, Lopon (Master in Buddhist Philosophy) and Geshe Lhaam (Doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy) degrees securing first division in every field.  Geshe Lobsang Dhondup presented his Geshe Lharam Oral examination in presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


He spent two years in Gyurmed Monastery studying Sangag Gyundy Shi and obtained an additional honorary degree of Geshe Ngagram ( Master of Trantrayana)  After completing this additional degree Geshe Lobsang Dhondup returned to Sera Mey monastery and taught Buddhist Philosophy to the younger monks for three years and at present he is teaching faculty at Namgyal Monastery – Tantric College in Dharamsala, India.



8:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast at Monastery
9:00-10:15: Morning Sessions

10:15 - 10:30 Tea Break
12:00-2:00 Lunch at Monastery
2:00- 3:15 Afternoon Sessions

3:15 - 3:30 Tea Break

3:30 - 5:00PM


8:30 - 9:00 AM Breakfast at Monastery.

9:00 - 10-15 Morning Session

10:15 - 10:30 Tea Break

10:30 - 12:00 Last Session

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