The Buddha was acutely aware of the varying capacities, inclinations, and aspirations of his followers, and gave them personal teachings to suit their various needs. These later became grouped into the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions – the three yanas of Buddhism, each with its own threefold logic of ground, path and fruition. While different in application, all the Buddha’s teachings have the same goal – overcoming ego and the ensuing suffering it causes.
Dharma Teacher Bart Mendel returns to Bodhi Path-SLO with this quintessential teaching that explains the essential points of each yana from the perspective of both practice and study. While this is an intermediate-level teaching, it will also serve as an excellent introduction for those curious about Buddhism in general or theTibetan tradition.
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31. Sessions will be from 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM each day. Tea, snacks and lunch will be provided.
The San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Center hosts dharma teacher Khaydroup Zangmo for a weekend workshop on using meditation to access our inner wisdom. Khaydroup will teach from Boundless Wisdom, Shamar Rinpoche’s new, posthumously published manual of samatha (calm abiding) and vipassana (insight) meditation. The program will include teachings and guided meditations.
Please register online ahead of time. We need a head count to know how much lunch to prepare.
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.
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 9: Dependent Arising Class 2, September 16: Unwholesome and Wholesome Actions Class 3, September 23: How Karma Works Class 4, September 30: Laws of Karma Class 5, October 7: Reincarnation Class 6, October 14: Dependent Arising and Emptiness
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”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.