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

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”.

Click here for complete information and registration

July 21-22, 2018 – Weekend Program with Khaydroup Zangmo

Teachings on the Six Paramitas plus opportunities for personal Interviews with the teacher

Teacher Khaydroup Zangmo will be at the San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center to teach on the Six Paramitas and give personal interviews on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22.

Personal interviews – Sunday afternoon (2-4 PM) has been set aside for personal interviews with Khaydroup. This is a unique opportunity to ask questions, bring up issues and seek advice from an authentic Dharma teacher in a one-on-one meeting. Please contact us at sanluisobispo@bodhipath.org  if you want to schedule an interview with Khaydroup.

The Six Paramitas – “Paramita is a Sanskrit term, which means “perfection” – perfection in attitude, action and practice. The accomplishment of these perfections will result in the achievement of the ultimate perfection of wisdom. . . It is perfect wisdom that discriminates everything clearly and precisely without any distortion. . .  it is important to train in the Six Paramitas because the training allows us to see a different way, and a better way. It reveals to us how the conditions of samsara obscure the mind.” – Lama Jigme Rinpoche.

Donations – There is no fee for attending the program, but we hope all attendees will practice generosity by making a donation as an offering to the teacher and to help cover expenses. The recommended donation is $50-60, but any amount is welcome. You can donate ahead of time online using the button below. Donations will also be accepted at the center and can be made by cash, check or credit card.




Schedule:

Saturday, July 21
10 AM – 12 PM: The Six Paramitas (1 & 2)
12 PM – 2 PM: Lunch Break
2 PM – 4 PM: The Six Paramitas (3 & 4)

Sunday, July 22
10 AM – 12 PM: The Six Paramitas (5 & 6)
12 PM – 2 PM: Lunch Break
2 PM – 4 PM: Time for personal Interviews with Khaydroup

Lunch: Please feel free to bring your own lunch. The backyard deck and garden will be set up for group lunches. Alternatively, there are a number of restaurants nearby.

Online Course

June 22-24

Streaming live at San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path

FOUNDATIONS OF THE BUDDHIST PATH WITH KARMA TRINLAY RINPOCHE

Join us at the center for this special series that will be live-streamed from the Chicago Bodhi Path Center. The seminar offers an introduction to the Buddhist path, how it can help us understand the world and our place within it, and the role it can play in transforming our lives.

Friday June 22, 5:30pm-7pm (Pacific Time)
Saturday June 23, 11:30am-1:30pm and 2pm-4pm (Pacific Time)
Sunday June 24, 8:30am-10:30am and 12pm-2pm (Pacific Time)

Suited for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike, this program provides a foundation for the path of practice and study offered by Bodhi Path Buddhist centers.

The San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path has registered our center for this seminar series to provide our community with a rare opportunity to hear this gifted teacher. Voluntary donations to support the center and the teacher may be given at the door.

If you cannot make it to the center, you can register (for a fee) for the streamed seminar at: http://groupspaces.com/BodhiPathOnline/item/1175615

DESCRIPTION

Attending all sessions is recommended to get the most from this special opportunity.

SESSION 1, FRIDAY EVENING
THE RELEVANCE OF BUDDHISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY

How the views and methods of Buddhism offer a unique path for dealing with the challenges of our day and age.

SESSION 2, SATURDAY MIDDAY
THE CAUSES AND CONDITIONS OF EXISTENCE

What gives rise to our experience and what can we do about it?

SESSION 3, SATURDAY AFTERNOON
HOW TO MEDITATE

Learn the practice of calm abiding and the stages of meditation practice.

SESSION 4, SUNDAY MORNING
UNDERSTANDING THE WORKINGS OF MIND

What is mind and how does it function, according to Buddhist theory.

SESSION 5, SUNDAY AFTERNOON
APPLYING THE BUDDHIST PATH

How to integrate the Buddha’s teachings into your everyday life.

Khenpo Tsering Teaches at the Center in April

Sundays from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Center

We are fortunate to have Khenpo Tsering Samdup with us this month. Khenpo will lead us in meditation and grace us with a teachings based on Shantideva’s classic text “The Way of the Bodhisattva”. This is a rare opportunity to hear teachings from an accessible scholar of buddhist philosophy.