Private: The Foundation of The Path – Part 1



Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe, Spiritual Director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society.

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Series Description — Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand is a transcript of an oral discourse on the Lam Rim (the stages of the path to enlightenment) given by Pabongka Rinpoche, one of the most influential Gelug lamas of the 20th century. In his 24-day discourse, Pabongka condenses both Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment and Tsong Khapa’s masterwork The Great Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. He brilliantly illuminates these core teachings that trace back to Shakyamuni Buddha from an unbroken lineage. For that reason, this text is considered one of the 18 great Jangchub Lam Rim texts of the Gelugpa lineage. Our Society follows the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Course Description — The Foundations of the Path

The Foundations of the Path, Part I is the third course in our Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand Series. The focus of this course, and the corresponding section in the text, is the importance of relying on a Spiritual Guide and the correct way to develop a student-teacher bond. Everything, up to enlightenment, depends on devotion to a Spiritual Guide. This relationship is crucial to gaining any realizations from the teachings that will follow: The Small Scope, The Medium Scope, and The Great Scope. Due to the significance of this section in the Lam Rim, Kushok intends to slow the pace to provide more in-depth commentaries on the teachings. This section of the Series will therefore be offered in two parts; the second part to be concluded in early 2020.

Course Material

A syllabus will be provided outlining the proposed weekly topics and readings. Students are asked to prepare for each class by completing assigned readings, and to bring their texts and questions on the material to class. Please note that the syllabus may be subject to change, as the Teacher will always accommodate the needs of the students at the time.

Course Text

Liberation in the Palm of your Hand — A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment, Pabongka Rinpoche, edited by Trijang Rinpoche, new revised edition 2006. Copies of the book can be purchased from our Society’s bookstore. The text can also be purchased online through the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and Amazon. The older 1997 edition can also be used; page numbers for reading assignments will also be given for this book in the syllabus.

Course Prerequisites

In order to gain an optimal understanding of The Foundations of the Path, it is highly recommended to have taken The Preliminaries and The Preparatory Rites courses in the Series. However, if you have not taken these courses, you are still welcome to register for this course. We would, however, recommend that you pre-read the Preliminaries and The Preparatory Rites sections of the text. As well, please consider attending the two review sessions that Kushok will be offering on Thursday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 10th, 2019, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. (drop-in; no registration required).

Anyone with an interest in Buddhist philosophy is welcome to attend this course.

Course runs 7:00-8:45 p.m. Thursdays from October 17 to November 28.

Your investment is $80 for 7 classes.

The deadline to register is October 14, 2019.

Register online by clicking on the More Info link below (preferred). If you are unable to register online, please contact our office using the phone number or email listed below.

– Course text: Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand
– Notebook
– Pen
– Shawl to keep warm
– Whatever else you need to be comfortable
– Note: Meditation cushions and chairs are provided

If you cannot attend the course, please contact the Gaden Samten Ling office for details as soon as possible.

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