Sundays in July 2019 – The Way of the Bodhisattva with Khenpo Tsering

Khenpo Tsering will be teaching from the classic Buddhist text “The Way of the Bodhisattva” by Shantideva on Sundays from 10 AM to 12 PM at the San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center.

“Treasured by Buddhists of all traditions, “The Way of the Bodhisattva” is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment, and to generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience… As such, Shantideva’s work embodies a definition of compassion raised to its highest power and minutely lays out the methods by which this is to be achieved”. – from the Introduction.

This is a rare opportunity to delve into the meaning, qualities and practices of this classic text with the aid of an authentic Tibetan Buddhist scholar. Khenpo plans to start with chapter one on July 7 and proceed through the book as time, discussion and interests dictate. Please contact us for more information: sanluisobispo@bodhipath.org.


About Khenpo Tsering: Appreciated for his warmth, openness, delightful sense of humor, and depth of knowledge, Khenpo Tsering is sought after to teach world wide, including at Karmapa International Buddhist Institute in New Delhi. For the past 10 years, Khenpo has taught Buddhist philosophy at numerous centers throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, the US and South America. 

In his teens Khenpo moved to Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism in Sikkim, India and began spiritual training as a monk. He had a rigorous education in the major texts of Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan literature, grammar, and history at Rumtek’s monk college at the Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. In 1992, he was awarded the ‘Khenpo’ degree (equivalent to a PhD) and has been teaching the Dharma ever since.

April 18-21, 4-Day Intensive Studies Course with Khenpo Tsering

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

We are excited to host Khenpo Tsering Samdrup again this April, for a 4-day intensive Buddhist Studies course covering two texts by Maitreya and one by Mipham Rinpoche. Bring your pen, notebooks, and copies of the texts. This program is not geared towards beginners but rather students with some background in Buddhist philosophy. If you are not sure if this course is for you, you are welcome to join us for the first session(s) before comitting to the full program.

The program will use two of Maitreya’s Five Teachings to provide analyses of 1) “the way things seem to be as well as the way they are”, 2) “how ordinary confused consciousness can be transformed into wisdom“, and 3) how we should understand Buddha Nature, the “ground of enlightenment… and the nature and qualities of Buddhahood.” We will also continue studying Mipham Rinpoche’s Gateway to Knowledge, Vol. 1, which is a condensation of the Buddha’s teachings and “the philosophical backbone of the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.”

March 30-31, 2019: View and Practice of Buddhism’s Three Yanas with Bart Mendel

The Buddha was acutely aware of the varying capacities, inclinations, and aspirations of his followers, and gave them personal teachings to suit their various needs. These later became grouped into the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions – the three yanas of Buddhism, each with its own threefold logic of ground, path and fruition. While different in application, all the Buddha’s teachings have the same goal – overcoming ego and the ensuing suffering it causes.

Dharma Teacher Bart Mendel returns to Bodhi Path-SLO with this quintessential teaching that explains the essential points of each yana from the perspective of both practice and study. While this is an intermediate-level teaching, it will also serve as an excellent introduction for those curious about Buddhism in general or theTibetan tradition.

Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31. Sessions will be from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM each day. Tea, snacks and lunch will be provided.

November 10-11, 2018: Discovering Basic Goodness Workshop with Khaydroup Zangmo

The San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center hosts dharma teacher Khaydroup Zangmo for a weekend workshop on using meditation to access our inner wisdom. Khaydroup will teach from Boundless Wisdom, Shamar Rinpoche’s new, posthumously published manual of samatha (calm abiding) and vipassana (insight) meditation. The program will include teachings and guided meditations.

Please register online ahead of time. We need a head count to know how much lunch to prepare.

Starting Sept. 9, 2018. Stages of the Path: Series Two – Dependent Arising and Karma with Bart Mendel online

A six-class series by Bart Mendel starting September 9, 2018. Participate in the live, interactive broadcasts on Sunday evenings or watch the recorded videos anytime.

One of the most important teachings of the Buddha is dependent arising: not understanding this is considered the root of samsara.

The teachings on karma are detailed instructions on how volitional actions cause results. Understanding this is the “Right View” that forms the basis for our practice of Dharma. Through Right View, we improve our understanding of the world and manifest this in our daily lives through beneficial conduct. These in turn inform our meditation practice. 

Over six Sunday evenings, Bart will guide us to an understanding of the Buddha’s teachings on karma and dependent arising. Students who participate in the live teachings are able to join in the interactive discussions, but all classes are video recorded so everyone regardless of location, schedule or time zone can attend the entire series by registering for the class.

SCHEDULE:

All interactive online classes broadcast live from 7:00 to 8:30 PM Pacific Time. Our intention is to make the video recordings available online the next day.

Class 1, September 9Dependent Arising
Class 2, September 16Unwholesome and Wholesome Actions
Class 3, September 23How Karma Works
Class 4, September 30Laws of Karma
Class 5, October 7Reincarnation
Class 6, October 14Dependent Arising and Emptiness