The Eight Verses Of Mind Training With Ven. Tenzin Namjong
Two evenings on a short and sharp classic Mahayana Text. With Ven. Tenzin Namjong, from Hawaii, ordained in the Tibetan lineage.
The essence of Mahayana Buddhism is bodhicitta, the altruistic wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all living beings. The Lojong or “Mind Training” genre of Buddhist practice literature is concerned with cultivating this great compassion and love that extends to all living beings. It overcomes self-cherishing so that true bodhicitta can be developed.
One such lojong text, “The Eight Verses of Mind Training” by the great twelfth century Tibetan Master, Geshe Langri Tangpa, contains all of the essential points of Mahayana practice. Centuries of Buddhist meditation masters have recommended this text as an effective means to cultivate loving-kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. This two session teaching will provide an opportunity for students of any experience level to develop familiarity in the key points of Mahayana Buddhist meditation.
Ven. Tenzin Namjong: Born and raised in Hawaii, Venerable Tenzin Namjong has been living in India for 11 Years. He had studied and trained in Zen and Theravadin traditions before embracing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University and is now in the tenth year of the Geshe (Doctorate of Buddhist Philosophy) study program at Sera Je Monastery in Bylakuppe, India. He is a registered teacher within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and teaches regularly in Bangalore, India.
Ven Namjonkg will be here with his teacher (who is not proficient in English) Ven. Geshe Chimey Tsering: Geshe-la fled his homeland of Tibet to come to India in 1986. He graduated as a Geshe Lharampa from Sera Je Monastery, finishing with the highest marks of his graduating class. He went on to study Vajrayana Buddhism at Gyumed Tantric College in Hunsur, India. He is now professor of Buddhist philosophy at Sera Je Monastic University. He specializes in Madhyamika philosophy, Pramana and Abhidharma.
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