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/

Celebrate Chokhor Duchen on July 28th

Chökhor Düchen – The Buddha’s First Teaching

Chökhor Düchen is the ‘Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma’ — one of the four major Tibetan Buddhist holidays.

For seven weeks after his enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, the Buddha did not give teachings. After these seven weeks, and after being requested to teach, the Buddha turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time, at Sarnath, near Varanasi, by teaching the ‘Four Noble Truths to his five companions from his time practicing asceticism. 

An explanation of the occasion will occur at our normal Sunday meeting on Sunday, July 23. The official day of this great occasion will be celebrated with a deeper and more rigorous practice on Friday  July 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the center.

Effects of all positive and negative actions on July 28 are multiplied 10 MILLION times, so it is an excellent time to dedicate ourselves to all kinds of spiritually positive actions.
Come and celebrate this great occasion with us.

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.”