Acharya Tenzing Wangpo Teaches in August at SLO Bodhi Path

Introduction to Meditation 

August 8, 6-8 pm
San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center
3484 Gregory Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Join Acharya Tenzing Wangpo in an introduction to the practice of meditation. Tenzing Wangpo will give guidance on useful motivation, as well as provide instructions for the practice and lead a group meditation.

All levels of practitioners welcome to this free program.

“A primary benefit experienced by the practitioner of meditation is the immediate improvement in the conditions of daily life. The practice of meditation leads to a mind that is more peaceful, more tranquil and more at ease. Because the mind is more relaxed, events that usually disturb us seem to take on less importance, and we stop taking them in such a serious way. Likewise, through meditation the mind gradually learns to be independent of external conditions and circumstances. This mind that is unaffected by outer conditions is then able to discover its own stability and tranquility. A stable mind, one that is not disturbed, leads to the experience of less suffering in our lives.”
— from Boundless Awakening by Shamar Rinpoche

Introduction to the Samantabhadra Wishing Prayer

August 10 & 11 from 10 am – 12 pm and 1:30 pm -3:30 pm
San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center
(lunch break from 12 to 1:30)

Acharya Tenzing Wangpo will give an introduction to the well known Sangchö Mönlam, the Noble King of Prayers of Excellent Conduct, also known as the Samantabhadra Wishing Prayer. This prayer is a topic of study for Bodhi Path Centers and is included in the book called The King of Prayers: A Commentary on The Noble King of Prayers of Excellent Conduct. The book includes the prayer in its entirety and is based on a teaching given by Shamar Rinpoche in December 2009, on the occasion of the Kagyu Mönlam Chenmo in Bodhgaya, India.

Buddha Śākyamuni gave the teaching of the Samantabhadra Wishing Prayer to urge practitioners to treat the great Bodhisattva Samantabhadra as a role model to emulate in order that all their wishes be accomplished. By practicing the Noble King of Prayers of Excellent Conduct we can tap into the power of the wish-fulfilling accomplishments of great bodhisattvas, such as Samantabhadra, who already have mastered the pāramitās and who are therefore able to bestow the blessings of their accomplishments.

Registration for weekend program

Pay at the door. Suggested weekend program donation $80.00, which includes a copy of Shamar Rinpoche’s commentary on Samantabadra’s wishing prayer for the first 25 attendees. Translation of the prayer is available for free download at: http://www.bodhipath.org/sangcho_monlam/

Lack of ability to donate is no reason to stay away. Everyone is welcome.

About the Teacher

Born in 1990 to a Buddhist family in India, Tenzing Wangpo was enrolled in a monastery when he was seven years old. He learned rituals and Dharma texts of traditional Tibetan Buddhism. When he was twelve years old, he joined the Diwakar Buddhist Academy in Kalimpong, where he studied Indo-Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and literature, as well as English and Hindi languages, for eight years. Since he graduated as Acharya, highly learned scholar in Buddhist studies, he has been giving teachings in India, Europe, and the United States.

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.