Advanced Teachings Tuesday 7.00-8.30pm
Lamrim Teachings Wednesday 7.00-8.30pm
Three Principles Sunday 10.30am-12.00 pm
(check calendar for dates)
Advanced Teachings on Buddhist Philosophy 2017
(Tuesdays 7–8.30 pm – check calendar for dates)
On Tuesday night Geshe Jampa Gyaltsen offers advanced teachings on Buddhist Philosophy. The academic standard of these teachings are of university level and the subject matter can also be emotionally challenging so we recommend that students have a solid grounding in study of the fundamentals of the Graduated Stages of Path, or Lamrim (Wednesday night teachings).During 2017 Geshe-la is teaching the Mind-only, or Cittamātra school of tenets in depth, specifically the difficult points of the mind-basis-of-all (Sanskrit: ālāyavijñāna) and the Cittamātra understanding of the ‘Buddha Lineage’, or ‘Buddha Nature’. The root text is Je Tsong kha pa’s Ocean of Eloquent Explanations: An Extensive Commentary on the Difficult Points of Mind and Mind-basis. (translated by Gareth Sparham, available at TBI bookshop).The transmission of this teaching is very rare in the West and we hope that many students will avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity of attending this class given by a Lharampa Geshe of the calibre of our dear Geshe Jampa Gyatlsen.The class includes a 30 minute period of debate between students in the tradition of the great monastic university, and Geshe-la’s home monastery, Sera Je.
Teachings with Geshela
The Mind-only school is one of the four Buddhist Schools of Tenets and was particularly influential in much of the Far East (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam) through the works of the great Chinese Scholar Xuan Zang (602-664) who studied in India.
Study and discussion group (6 – 6.40 pm)
Tuesday night teachings are preceded by a study and discussion group facilitated by a senior student, Mark Catford, all are welcome to join in.
Lamrim Teachings – Stages of the Path to full enlightenment
(Wednesday 7–8.30 pm – check calendar for dates)
The Graduated Path to Enlightenment, (Lamrim) a foundational text by the great Tibetan Lama, Je Tsong kha pa, represents the totality of Buddha’s teachings in a step by step format that, if followed purely, leads us to Full Enlightenment.The purpose of the practices outlined in the Lamrim is to enable us to train our mind so that we increase our happiness and reduce our suffering. We learn how to enhance our appreciation of the good qualities that we all possess, love, compassion and kindness and create the conditions which allow these qualities to flourish and grow. Our teacher Geshe-la combines these teachings with advice for living, how to deal with disturbing emotions and difficult situations. He teaches us that it is possible to make each moment of our lives meaningful and that we can attain peace of mind and contentment. We have everything we need within our own mind, come along and learn how to develop your own limitless potential.
These teachings are suitable for beginners and experienced students alike and present a road map to happiness, so we can awaken our hearts and minds to the joy and peace within.All are welcome to come to the teachings and afterwards join together for a chat and cup of chai and biscuits (and cake if we are lucky!).
Three Principles of the Path Teachings – Sundays
(Sundays 10.30am-12 pm – check calendar for dates)
Our dear teacher Geshe Jampa Gyaltsen has kindly agreed to teach Je Tsong kha pa’s the Three Principles of the Path
on Sunday mornings.Geshe-la has been studying English and Sunday gives him an opportunity to teach in English (with a little bit of assistance from Tenzin). This course is ideal for new students as it presents one of the most profound texts in a very simple and easy to understand way. Teaching in English allows Geshe-la’s kindness and humour to shine through and these classes are always a lot of fun, as well as creating the causes for Geshe-la to be able to teach fluently in English in the future.
The Three Principles of the Path presents the important topics of Renunciation, Bodhicitta and the View of emptiness, in a very succinct and clear way and is a foundational text of Tibetan Buddhism.These teachings are preceded by Sunday Lamrim analytical meditations, a wonderful way to prepare the mind for the blessing of the Dharma.