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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 9: Dependent Arising Class 2, September 16: Unwholesome and Wholesome Actions Class 3, September 23: How Karma Works Class 4, September 30: Laws of Karma Class 5, October 7: Reincarnation Class 6, October 14: Dependent Arising and Emptiness
We are happy to host Khenpo Tsering Samdrup again this August for a 4-day intensive Buddhist Studies course from Friday to Monday, August 25-28.
The course will cover three texts by Maitreya. 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 course will use two of Maitreya’s Five Teachings to provide an “analysis of how ordinary confused consciousness can be transformed into wisdom,“ and how we should understand Buddha Nature, the “ground of enlightenment… and the nature and qualities of Buddhahood.” We will also begin studying volume one of Mipham Rinpoche’s Gateway to Knowledge, a condensation of the Buddha’s teachings, “the philosophical backbone of the living tradition of Tibettan Buddhism”.