Four Day Intensive Buddhist Studies Course with Khenpo Tsering – August 17 – 20, 2018

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”.

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April 6, 7 & 8, 2018 – Lama Jampa Thaye Teaches in San Luis Obispo

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The Power of Buddhism Public Talk
7 to 8:30 PM, Friday, April 6, 2018
White Heron Sangha Meditation Center
6615 Bay Laurel Place, Avila Beach, CA

The Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of San Luis Obispo is sponsoring a public talk on the power and wisdom of Buddhism in western culture on Friday evening. Attendance is free. Donations are encouraged. Directions to the White Heron Center.

All sentient beings possess Buddha nature, the seed of the wisdom, compassion and power of full realization. These boundless qualities are covered by our habits of self-clinging and ignorance, which can be overcome by the mind of awakening – bodhicitta – and developing the six perfections of generosity, patience,  ethics, effort and meditation that lead to wisdom.

The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Saturday, April 7 & Sunday April 8

10 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 4 PM both days
San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center
3484 Gregory Court, San Luis Obispo, CA

The San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center is pleased to host Lama Jampa Thaye for a two-day teaching retreat. There will be morning and afternoon sessions with an “on your own” lunch break. There is a fee to attend these teachings.

One Day – $35 for Bodhi Path Members, $40 for non-members, $50 for sustaining patrons.
Two Days – $60 for members, $70 for non-members, $80 for sustaining patrons.

Those attending the first day can decide to attend the second day and pay the difference. You can register and pay by cash, check or credit card at the center  or register online ahead of time at: http://ezregister.com/events/24619/.

Description: The Four Dharmas of Gampopa is an explanation of Gampopa’s four-line teaching which provides an overview of the path of mixed sutra and tantra. It begins with contemplation of the four thoughts, progresses through the preliminary, development and completion practices of Vajrayana, and culminates in Mahamudra and Dzokchen, the supreme meditations of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

About Lama Jampa Thaye
Lama Jampa Thaye is a scholar, author and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Buddhism.  He is authorized as a Lama and Vajrayana master by his two main teachers Karma Thinley Rinpoche and His Holiness Sakya Trizin. Complete biography.

Intensive Four-Day Buddhist Studies Course with Khenpo Tsering Samdup

Friday – Monday, August 25-28, 2017
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center
3484 Gregory Ct, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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The San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center is pleased to host a 4-day intensive Buddhist Studies course by Khenpo Tsering Samdup, covering three texts by Maitreya. Bring your pen, notebooks, and copies of the texts!

This program is not geared towards beginners but rather toward students with some background in Buddhist philosophy. If you are not sure if this course is for you, you are welcome to try the first session(s) before committing to the full program.

The weekend will use three of Maitreya’s Five Teachings to provide an explanation “of the way things seem to be as well as the way they are,” 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.”


Daily schedule

8:30-10:30: Middle Beyond Extremes; https://www.amazon.com/Middle- Beyond-Extremes-Madhyantavibhaga-Commentaries/ dp/1559392703

11:00-2:00 (12-1 PM lunch break): Maitreya’s Distinguishing Phenomena and Pure Beinghttps://www.amazon.com/Maitreyas-Distinguishing-Phenomena- Pure-Being/dp/1 559392150

2:30-4:30: Buddha Naturehttps://www.amazon.com/Buddha-Nature-Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Commentary/dp/1 559391286

(Sunday morning will be modified for the center’s regular Sunday morning program)

Students are encouraged to obtain the books for the course. Other purchase options can be found at Bookfinder.com, including used copies. Photocopies of the root text verses without commentary will likely be available.


Appreciated for his warmth, openness, delightful sense of humor, and depth of knowledge, Khenpo Tsering serves as the educational director of the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI) in New Delhi and is headmaster of the monks’ college Shri Diwakar Vihara Buddhist Institute in Kalimpong, India. For the past 10 years, Khenpo has taught Buddhist philosophy at numerous centers throughout Southeast Asia, Europe, the US and South America.

Khenpo Tsering Samdrup was born to a family of Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India. 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 all 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.


Registration

Suggested donations (Standard covers program costs, Sustainer provides extra support to the center and program):

1 day – $50 Standar; $70 Sustainer.

Full weekend – $150 Standard; $200 Sustainer.

Participants are also strongly encouraged to make offerings to Khenpo Tsering to support his tireless activities to benefit all sentient beings. However, all are welcome. No one turned away for lack of funds.

You can register online (http://ezregister.com/events/2 1351/), or pay in person at the register. If you plan to pay in person, please RSVP for this event to: sanluisobispo@bodhipath.org.

Please consider an additional donation of $5, $15, $100 or more to sustain Bodhi Path San Luis Obispo and its activities.

Hosted By the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of San Luis Obispo
3484 Gregory Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Tel: 805.594.1388
sanluisobispo@bodhipath.org
www.bodhipath.org/slo/

Webcast with Khaydroup on May 21st

Sunday, May 21, 2017
10:30 AM to 11:45 AM PDT
Join the meeting from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at: https://zoom.us/j/174992913

The San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center will host a live webcast with Khaydroup Zangmo this Sunday. Khaydroup will continue teachings on the Seven Points of Mind Training or Lojong using the commentary in Shamar Rinpoche’s book “The Path to Awakening”.

This weeks teaching and discussion will cover the preliminary practice of Shiné or “calm abiding” meditation, which begins on page 52. “There are many kinds of shine practice, but the initial level …  is crucial to learn in order to have strong stability of concentration.”