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Please Note that this schedule remains preliminary; The dates are expected to remain firm but some of the topics are still To Be Determined or subject to change. Courses will be taught by our resident teacher, Dawa Tarchin Phillips, unless otherwise specified.
Jan 8-9 taught by Karma Trinlay Rinpoche - The Bodhisattva Vow
Join us to learn and cultivate the heart of enlightened altruism. Karma Trinlay Rinpoche will introduce and offer the taking of the Bodhisattva Vow. While the teachings will be made available via broadcast, the Bodhisattva vow itself will be given in person.
February 19-20: The Six Paramitas
Through the practice of six transcendent qualities - Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Joyful Perseverance, Meditative Concentration, and Insight - known in Sanskrit as "Paramitas"- we cross from a state of dissatisfaction and delusion (Samsara) to the experience and realization of wellbeing and natural awakening. Learning about them from a qualified teacher is the first step on this authentic path of personal transformation.
Text: Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa
March 19-20: The Heart Sutra
The Heart Sutra, named for its brevity, famously proclaims that “form is emptiness; emptiness also is form.” However, this pithy formulation is often confounding to new students and advanced practitioners alike. This course will teach you how to unpack the meaning of this heart of wisdom in a manner that supports your daily practice and authentic awakening.
April 23 (one day only) taught by Khaydroup - Tonglen and Bodhicitta
How can silent meditation practice help us move the teachings on the awakened mind of lovingkindess from our head to our ever expanding heart? How can we develop so that our every intention and action is infused with altruistic love? Join Dharma Teacher Khaydroup for a heart-centered explanation and exploration of these topics which are central to many schools of Buddhism and especially central to the Bodhi Path curriculum as laid out by the late Shamar Rinpoche.
August 13-14: Karma: the 6 Causes and 4 Conditions
The teachings on karma are detailed instructions on how actions lead to results. In this course you will learn a systematic approach for skillful action under any and all circumstances.
Text: Gateway To Knowledge by Mipham Rinpoche (note that the most recent previous class on Karma was taught from the Jewel Ornament)
September 17-18: Understanding our Perceptions
Our human perceptions help us navigate through daily life, but how do perceptions arise and how do we determine their accuracy and reliability? During this course you will learn about Buddhist theory of perception and how it can help you to make better decision and take better actions which reduce suffering and bring about liberation.
Dec 10-11: The 35 Buddhas Practice
This course will introduce you to the practice of the 35 Buddhas. Awakening is the result of an active process or ripening and maturation, as well as the purification of deep rooted misconceptions and afflicting emotional states. The practice of the 35 Buddhas is suitable for practitioners who are ready to embark on this active process and purification through practice.
Text: 35 Buddhas Practice Book