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.”
8:30-10:30: Gateway to Knowledge, Chapter 2, The Elements (Dhatus)
11:00-12:00 & 1:00-2:00 PM: (12-1 PM lunch break): Maitreya’s Middle Beyond Extremes, Chapter 5, page 123.
(available at: https://www.amazon.com/Maitreyas-Distinguishing-Phenomena-Pure-Being/dp/1559392150)
2:30-4:30: Buddha Nature, 6th Vajra Point, Chapter 3.
(available at: https://www.amazon.com/Buddha-Nature-Mahayana-Uttaratantra-Commentary/dp/1559391286)
Students are encouraged to obtain the books for the course. Other purchase options can be found at Bookfinder.com, including used copies. Copies of the root text verses without commentary may be available.
Appreciated for his warmth, openness, delightful sense of humor, and depth of knowledge for these texts, Khenpo is sought after to teach world wide, including teaching at Karmapa International Buddhist Institute. 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 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.
*Lack of ability to pay is no reason to stay away. Everyone is welcome.
- April 18, 2019 - April 21, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
3484 Gregory Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401