2021 January - 29 to 31, 2021 - Weekend Intensive Teaching through online Zoom Meeting on
From 9am until 5pm
Namgyal Monastery office / email@example.com or Call: 607-279-8805
Weekend Intensive Teaching through online - Zoom Meeting - with Geshe Lobsang Dhondup – Translation by Palden Oshoe.
Date: January 29 to 31, 2021
TOPIC: Adopting a Right Way if Living Based on Right View:
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Buddhism, like many religious traditions, places a strong importance on adopting a right way of living one’s life. Buddhist teachings on right living emphasize the need to avoid behaviors that are harmful to others and engage in behaviors that are helpful to others well-being. These are taught to be essential to progress on the path to enlightenment.
The principle of non-harming is explained in relation to practice of avoiding the ten non-virtuous actions such as killing, stealing and lying. The principle of benefiting others focuses on cultivating loving-kindness and compassion, and practicing the six perfections (generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyful effort, concentration and wisdom). However, Buddhism also emphasizes that the ability to maintain a right way of living over the long run can be very challenging in the face of difficulties and hardships, if one does not also have Right View. Here, Right View means having a correct understanding of the nature of reality.
In Buddhism, an understanding of the nature of reality is based on the special insight of understanding the emptiness of inherent existence and dependent arising of all persons and phenomena. From the Buddhist perspective, it through having a sound understanding of emptiness and dependent arising and the relationship of the two, that one gains both strong motivation and confidence in continuing to avoid harming others and doing one’s best to benefit others even in the face of hardship and difficult circumstances
Hence, the only way for a Buddhist practitioner to develop a deep understanding of this Right View is through hearing, contemplating and meditating on teachings on emptiness and dependent arising as well as the logical reasonings underling this view. Then as one develops a sound understanding the correct view of emptiness, dependent arising and their relationship, one will then gain stronger motivation for maintaining a right way of living especially when faced with difficult circumstances.
During this weekend intensive, Geshe-la will provide teachings and extensive explanations to help students develop a correct view of emptiness and dependent arising and the relationship between the two. He will also discuss how these teachings apply directly adopting a right way of living and maintaining this during the challenges faced in day to day life at this difficult time.
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.
Friday - Introductory Talk: January 29th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
9:00-10:15: Morning Sessions
10:15 - 10:30 Tea Break
12:00-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00- 3:15 Afternoon Sessions
3:15 - 3:30 Tea Break
3:30 - 5:00PM
9:00 - 10-15
10:15 - 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 - 12:00 Last Session
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