2020 Weekend Intensive Teaching


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Weekend Intensive Teaching on: Developing Faith Based on Reason: Tsongkapa’s in Praise of Dependent Origination: 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


Mangyal Monastery office, / Email: office@namgyal.org Cell # 607-279-8805

Weekend Intensive Teaching on:   Developing Faith Based on Reason: Tsongkapa’s in Praise of Dependent Origination:  by Geshe Lobsang Dhondup – Translation by Palden Oshoe

Date: January 31 to February 2, 2020    Cost: $140.


Friday - Introductory Talk: January 31st 2020 from  7:00 – 8:30pm (Free & Open to Public – Donations are Welcome)


His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama often stresses in teachings that it is vital for students and practitioners of Buddhism to develop a genuine confidence in their understanding of the nature of mind and faith in Buddhist teaching through logic, analysis and reasoning.   Developing such confidence requires study of the reasoning underlying the philosophical view of the emptiness of persons and phenomena and the analytical meditation methods used to achieve a deeper realization of this view.  Such reasoning and analysis have been elucidated in detail by the Great Tibetan Buddhist Master Je Tsongkapa.  

Tsongkapa was a renowned, scholar and practitioner, and the teacher of the First Dalai Lama.  He wrote numerous texts, many of which lay out in fine detail the logic, reasoning and analytic methods for understanding the nature of reality through the profound view of emptiness.  The essential points of this reasoning have been eloquently expressed in his short text: In Praise of Dependent Origination.  

During this weekend intensive, Geshe-la will provide extensive commentary on this text and clarify the key analytic arguments used in generating special insight into the nature reality. This is an excellent opportunity for students new to Buddhism to be introduced to foundational concepts and methods for analytic meditation on emptiness and for more experienced students to more deeply refine and develop their understanding and realization of emptiness.


Geshe Lobsang 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 Monastery in Bylakuppe, South India where began his basic monastic education including Tibetan grammar and script, memorization of Buddhist scriptures. 


He completed his Karam (Bachelors in Buddhist Philosophy, Lopon (Master in Buddhist Philosophy) and Geshe Lharam (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.



 For Registration Call: 607-279-8805 or Email: office@namgyal.org 




8.30 – 9.00 AM Breakfast at Monastery.

9.00 – 10.15 Morning 1stSession

10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break

10.30 – 12.00 Morning 2nd Session

12.00 – 2.00PM Lunch at Monastery.

2.00 – 3.15PM Afternoon 1st Session

3.15 – 3.30 Tea Break

3.30 – 5.00PM Afternoon 2nd Session


8.30 – 9.00AM Break Fast at Monastery.

9.00 – 10.15 Morning Session

10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break

10.30 – 12.00 Conclusion Session.


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