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Practicing Buddhism does not amount to sitting in quiet meditation and performing exotic rituals. It consists mainly of working with our minds throughout our lives to develop positive qualities and abandon negative habits. By doing so, we can become progressively happier and more peaceful. What to practice, however, can at times seem daunting, as there are so many sutras, teachings and commentaries by many great Buddhist masters.
Drawing from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path, this course will explore how to take the essence of all the Buddhist teachings and turn them into a meaningful practice. We will learn practical methods to integrate the teachings into our daily lives, transforming even common tasks into powerful actions that lead to enlightenment.
About Geshe Sherab:
Geshe Sherab was born in Manang, Nepal in 1967. He attended Kopan monastery at the age of 9 in around 1976/1977 and was ordained by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. After 10 years of study in Kopan, he went to Sera Je Monastery for further studies in 1987, and graduated as Geshe at the end of 1999. After that he joined Gyume Tantric College for a year. Then he taught young monks at Kopan for a year. In 2001 he was sent by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to New Mexico to serve and help at International Office of FPMT as well as teach at TNL in Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center in Taos as resident teacher. He also served as Board member of FPMT for 2 years during that period. By end of 2003 in December he returned back to Nepal to do his own practices. In 2006 he was appointed as Head Master of Kopan monastery and served for 4 years. He served as acting Abbot for a year in 2011 when the late Guru Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundup became ill.
He has been teaching at Kopan during meditation courses as well as traveling and teaching around the world, in US, Canada, many parts of Europe, Asia, Mexico, Guatemala and Australia. For more information on Geshe Sherab and his teachings, please visit: http://www.geshesherab.com
See our website for more information and registration: www.thubtenkungaling.org
About this class:
Buddhism is based on fundamental truths that point to the principal levels of reality that the Buddha discerned and then taught throughout his life, including most notably the two truths and the four noble truths.
In this module, we will explore the nature of these and other core truths of Buddhism, utilizing the Dalai Lama's mode of presentation based in logic that establishes a framework for the path to enlightenment which is suitable for people with a modern rational outlook.
About the teacher:
Gen (Tibetan for "elder") Don is a touring teacher for the FPMT, sharing the Dharma with centers and study groups in North America and other parts of the world, both in-person and online. He connected with Tibetan Buddhism in 1993 through the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
In 1996 he commenced formal study at Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, the FPMT center in San Francisco. In 1998, he entered the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study program in Tuscany, Italy, taught by Geshe Jampa Gyatso. After the completion of his studies, Gen Don moved to Northern New Mexico and in 2005 and began teaching for the FPMT.
In 2015, he had the honor of being selected by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to lead the renowned November Course, a one-month teaching and meditation retreat held annually at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Gen Don has received teachings from many esteemed lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok.
Students appreciate his humble, compassionate demeanor and his capacity to explain profound ideas with precision, contemporary examples and humor.
About the course:
Exploring Buddhism is a new program currently being developed by FPMT to serve as a bridge between Discovering Buddhism and The Basic Program. It is designed to help students of Buddhism delve more deeply into a broad array of topics that form a solid foundation for furthering one’s study and practice. The program will initially be run as a pilot program in FPMT centers to further test and refine the curriculum.
Previous study of at least some modules of Discovering Buddhism, either in a center or online is highly recommended before enrolling in this program.
Registration is required. Please review the syllabus before registering for the course. Registration and more information is available on our website:
Please note that registration will close after Class #2.
This program is offered jointly by:
Guhyasamaja Center, Centreville, VA
Kadampa Center, Raleigh, NC
Lama Yeshe Ling, Burlington, Ontario
Thubten Kunga Ling, Deerfield Beach, FL
Shantideva Center, Brooklyn, New York
Join us for a 30 minute guided meditation each Sunday. Meditation will be led by one of our students. Join via Zoom or attend in person. Walk-ins welcome!
See our website for Zoom info: https://www.thubtenkungaling.org
Tubten Kunga Center For Wisdom Culture
Buddhist Meditation 101 is an introductory course to Buddhist meditation. It is suitable for people encountering both meditation and Buddhism for the first time, as well as for people who have done some meditation in other traditions but would like to know more about how meditation is practiced in the Tibetan Buddhism. It provides an overview of meditation in general and specific meditation techniques including breathing, mindfulness, visualization, and analytical meditations. It explains what kinds of skills are developed in meditation and how to apply them in daily life.
About Jacie Keeley:
Jacie Keeley was the private secretary to Lama Thubten Yeshe
(https://lamayeshe.com/), credited as the lama who brought Buddhism to the west. After living in Nepal for eight years, Jacie returned to Boca
Raton in 1986. Shortly thereafter, she founded Thubten Kunga Ling for
Wisdom Culture. Nowadays, Jacie is the executive assistant to Tenzin Osel Hita, the recognized reincarnation of Lama Yeshe. (https://one-big-love.com).
For information and registration: https://www.thubtenkungaling.org