2021 Weekend Intensive Teaching on
From 9am until 5pm
201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850
Weekend Intensive Teaching through Zoom Meeting - with Geshe Lobsang Dhondup – Translation by Palden Oshoe.
Date: February 26 to 28, 2021
TOPIC: Condensed Points of the Stages of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa.
Note: To register please sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register by noon of the Friday of the weekend intensive start date. This is necessary so there is time to send Zoom invitation. Payment can be made through the website. www.namgyal.org Click - Donation page and make payment OR send a check to Namgyal Monastery, 201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Stages of the Path (Lam Rim) texts are a genre of teaching in Tibetan Buddhism that provide a systematic overview of all the practices necessary for the attainment of enlightenment.
Such texts cover all the scopes or levels of teachings and practices that are essential to a practitioner’s gradual and sustained development on the path. The foundational teachings and practices of the initial scope include contemplating the preciousness of this human life, reflecting on impermanence and going for refuge.
Middling scope teachings include reflections on karma, the twelve-dependent links of dependent origination and the aspiration for personal liberation from cyclic existence (samsara).
Finally, teachings on the great scope of the bodhisattva path include generation the mind of awakening (bodhichitta), cultivation of the wisdom realizing emptiness and the practice of the six perfections. In this condensed lam rim text, Je Tsongkhapa provides an overview of all these stages of the path in forty-five poetic verses (a link to a translation of this text by Thupten Jinpa is below).
During this teaching Geshe-la will provide teachings on the different practices outlined in this text. This is an excellent teaching for students at all levels of experience as it will provide a clear framework to newcomers for understanding the stages of the path and it will help deepen understanding and practices for more experienced students.
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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