LAMA CHOPA - The Practice of Guru Yoga - Weekend Intensive Teaching through Zoom Meeting - with Geshe Lobsang Dhondup – Translation by Palden Oshoe. Date: October 29 to 31, 2021, 2021.
From 9am until 5pm
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Weekend Intensive Teaching through Zoom Meeting - with Geshe Lobsang Dhondup – Translation by Palden Oshoe.
Date: October 29 to 31, 2021
TOPIC: Lama Chopa: The Practice of Guru Yoga
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The practice of guru yoga is considered one of the most important aspects of tantric practice in Mahayana Buddhism. Tantric meditation largely depends on the inspiration of the teacher (guru) that is transmitted through an unbroken lineage of the teachings and practice. Guru yoga is both an essential foundation and the life force of the path in tantric practice. Hence, deepening our understanding of this practice is vital to our continued progress on the path.
The text, Lama Chopa, was written by Panchen Lama Lozang Chokyi Gyalsten. It is the guru yoga of Je Tsongkapa, the great scholar and practitioner who founded the Gelugpa school within Tibetan Buddhism and is practiced regularly at Namgyal Monastery for as part of many tsok ceremonies. Lama Chopa provides a comprehensive guide for the practice of guru yoga starting with the practicing the preliminaries of refuge and bodhichitta, visualizing the merit field, making offerings to the guru and practicing the other seven-limb practices, making praises and requests to the guru, reviewing of the stages of the path and dissolving the merit field within one’s heart.
During this weekend intensive, Geshe-la will provide explanation of the practice of guru yoga, in general and provide commentary on the practice of Lama Chopa, in particular.
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: October 29, 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.
9:00-10:15: Morning Sessions
10:15 - 10:30 Tea Break
10.30 - 12 Morning Sessions
12:00-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00- 3:15 Afternoon Sessions
3:15 - 3:30 Tea Break
3:30 - 5:00PM Afternoon Session
9:00 - 10-15 Morning Session
10:15 - 10:30 Tea Break
10:30 - 12:00 Last Session
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