We’re Going Online!

March 20, 2020 – Thursday evening meditation and Sunday morning meetings of the San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path will be held online only until further notice. We’ll be using the ZOOM platform. links and information below to join us! 

Please join us using the links posted here.

THURSDAY EVENING MEDITATION 
6-7 PM – Choose a quiet spot at home to join us for group meditation. If you have room, we usually include 10 minutes of walking meditation.

SUNDAY MEDITATION & DISCUSSION
Sunday mornings from 10 AM to 11:30 AM
We’ll follow our usual format starting with sitting meditation followed by a group discussion. This Sunday’s topic will be the “Ethic” section of Jigme Rinpoche’s Six Paramitas text from Khaydroup’s online teaching last week. A PDF of this text can be downloaded from our web site at:
 http://slobodhipath.org/docs/paramitas/2002paramitas_jigme_rinpoche.pdf.

Other Updates:

Lama Jampa Thaye’s weekend program on April 11-12 is cancelled. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Lama Jampa Thaye will not be traveling to the U.S. We are sad to have to cancel his program. Hopefully he will be able to return in the near future.

Keep up to date with us on our local web site (slobodhipath.org) and our Facebook page (Facebook.com/BodhiPathSLO).

Responding to the coronavirus outbreak

March 14, 2020. Based on a commitment to non-harming, the reality of global interdependence and recommendations of public health agencies, the Steering Committee has decided that it is in the best interest of our community to suspend activities at the center to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. We will miss being together for meditation and sharing community. We are not sure how long we’ll remain closed. An email will be sent out when we are confident it is time to re-open. Updates will also be available here on our local web site: slobodhipath.org.

  1. Effective immediately, all in person meetings are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
  2. This Sunday’s online teaching (March 15) with Khaydroup will not be held at the center, but will be streamed at 10:30 AM PT as scheduled. To join this online meeting from home click this link using your computer or mobile device: https://zoom.us/j/613840028. NOTE: please remember to join the meeting BEFORE 10:30.
  3. Individuals may choose to meet in small groups, perhaps in homes, as local guidance allows and using your best discretion. We are currently NOT able to offer the Bodhi Path Center as a meeting location.
  4. Lama Jampa Thaye’s weekend program on April 11 & 12 has been cancelled.

Online practice resources: 

  • http://www.bodhipath.org/streamedclasses/
  • Teachings from Bodhi Path Teacher Lama Tsony: https://tsony.com
  • Teachings from Bodhi Path Visiting Teacher Lama Jampa Thaye: https://lamajampa.org
  • Mindworks.org meditation app has introductory offers and includes teachings from numerous Bodhi Path teachers including Karma Trinlay Rinpoche, Gyalwa Trungam, PhD, Khenpo Tsering, Bart Mendel, Khaydroup, Rachel, and others.
    • The regular price is $25 per month, but we’re discounting this to $10 for the first month.
    • You can also use the discount code (genuinemeditation) for $15 off any course, or you can use it to become a Mindworks Member. Membership gives you access to all courses, a full subscription to the App and much more. Learn more about the benefits of membership at mindworks.org.

Please feel free to reach out to Bodhi Path SLO with additional questions and suggestions at slo@bodhipath.org.  

Please take care of yourself and others during this time of uncertainty and keep in mind all of those around the world who are experiencing the same fear and uncertainty we are.

Warm regards,
San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center

Cancelled… Weekend Program with Lama Jampa Thaye: April 11-12, 2020

 

Update on March 18, 2020: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Lama Jampa Thaye will not be traveling to the U.S. Sadly, we have to cancel this weekend program. Hopefully he will be able to return in the near future.

Lama Jampa Thaye returns to San Luis Obispo for a full and varied program on Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12, 2020. Online registration before the program is required. Costs are $20 for a single session and $50 for the full weekend.

Click here to register.

Saturday April 11, 10 am-12 pm and 2-4 pm: The Song of Mahamudra  by Jamgon Kongtrul

The Song of Lodro Thaye’, composed by the great non-sectarian master, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813–1899), is a definitive guide to mahamudra, the highest teaching of the Kagyu tradition and the quintessence of all the sutras and tantras of the Buddha. Expressed in the form of a spontaneous spiritual song or ‘doha’, Jamgon Kontrul’s verses on mahamudra continue a tradition dating back to the golden age of Vajrayana Buddhism in India – the time of the ‘Eighty-Four Mahasiddhas’ – who achieved consummate mastery of mahamudra and expressed their realization in songs. These songs are characterized by their distillation of the mahamudra teachings into rich yet pithy verses which have the power to awaken instantaneous understanding in students, without the need for lengthy scholastic training or study.

Lama Jampa Thaye will explain Jamgon Kongtrul’s song in full, through which students will receive an authentic introduction to mahamudra in its three primary aspects of basis, path and fruit.  Copies of the text will be provided as part of the program.

Sunday, April 12

10 am-12 pm:  Introducing Bringing Mind Training to Life

Lama Jampa will give teachings on mind training (Tib: LOJONG) with reference to the recently published text of Shamar Rinpoche’s teachings ‘Bringing Mind Training to Life’, An engaging and lively exploration by Shamar Rinpoche of the frequently studied Buddhist subject called lojong, or mind training. The material is made especially applicable for our modern-day lives.  Copies of Bringing Mind Training to Life will be available for purchase at the Center.

*2 pm-4 pm:  The Gom Lung of Chenrezig, transmission and guided meditation

“Lung” in Tibetan is the tradition of orally transmitting a text through the master reading it to the student. An unbroken lineage of oral transmissions going back generations. This transmission bestows the authority to meditate on Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassionate energy. It is one of the most widespread meditation practices in Vajrayana Buddhism and is a core practice of Bodhi Path centers.

* Chenrezig transmission requires one to have taken refuge vows.  Please contact the center at slo@bodhipath.org by March 31 if you are interested in taking vows.  We will try to arrange an opportunity prior to this program.

About Lama Jampa Thaye:
Lama Jampa Thaye is a scholar and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Buddhism. He has been authorized as a Lama and Vajrayana master since 1988 by his two main teachers Karma Thinley Rinpoche and His Holiness Sakya Trichen (41st Sakya Trizin), and in 2014, Shamar Rinpoche requested he teach at Bodhi Path Centers. He holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester for his work on Tibetan religious history and lectured for over twenty years at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Registration:
Online registration before the program strongly encouraged and makes our job easier. Click here to register. Fees are suggested donations and do not fully cover the cost of the program or include a teacher offering. The teachings are given on a donation basis, no one turned away for lack of funds.  Please be generous with your offering to the teacher and the sangha.

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.