7:00 PM – 8:45 PM MST
via Zoom Livestream
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE SERIES
Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe, Spiritual Director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society. Please visit https://www.gsl-ab.ca/spiritual-director/ to learn more about our Spiritual Director.
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, (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 provides a detailed commentary on Tsong Khapa’s masterwork, The Great Treatise on the 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 Gelug lineage. Our Society follows the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Lam Rim sets out three graduated paths based on one’s motivation. The Small Scope is the path suited to those wishing to attain a better future rebirth. The Medium Scope is the path suited to those who wish to liberate themselves from cyclic existence. And the Great Scope is the path suited to those who wish to achieve full enlightenment for the sake of every living being.
In this ninth course of the series, we will continue in the Medium Scope on the main topics of training your mind in the stages of the path and developing thoughts of yearning for liberation. Buddha Shakyamuni’s teaching on The Four Noble Truths—the truths of suffering, the origin of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path to the cessation of suffering—is used as the basis for the teachings in this section of the Lam Rim.
Kushok will conclude his commentary on samsara’s specific sufferings and move into the source of suffering—the entry into samsara.This is a comprehensive topic that includes an explanation of the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination. It will take several courses for Kushok to complete his commentary and teachings on these topics.
A syllabus will be provided outlining our best-guess of weekly topics and readings. Students are asked to prepare for each class by completing suggested readings and to bring their texts and questions on the material to class. We recommend reviewing pages 427 – 445 of the text, sections (253) – (267). Please note that the syllabus may be subject to change, as the Teacher will always accommodate the needs of the students at the time.
The 2006 edition of Liberation in the Palm of your Hand — A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment, by Pabongka Rinpoche and edited by Trijang Rinpoche, is the required text. The text can be purchased online through the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and Amazon. All other reading and practice materials will be provided.
While it would be optimal for registrants of this course to have taken the eight previous courses in the series, it is not a requirement.
Anyone with an interest in studying the Lam Rim (stages of the path to enlightenment), or Tibetan Buddhist practices and philosophies, is welcome.
The course will be offered in-person and via Zoom livestream.
Tuesdays, October 5th, 2021 to November 23rd, 2021.
7:00 PM – 8:45 PM MST
Please note that there is no class on October 9th.
We are offering this seven-week course by donation. As a not-for-profit society, we greatly appreciate your donation. It will be used to sustain our society and support our Spiritual Director, so that we may continue to offer quality programming. We thank you in advance for your kind generosity.
Donations can be made at the Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Mediation Society’s Canada Helps page, under the “General Programming & Operations” heading. Please note the name of the course (The Second Truth) in the “Include a message for this charity” box. To donate, please Click here.
If you require assistance, please contact the office at [email protected].
September 30th, 2021
Pre-registration is required. The Zoom link will be emailed October 3rd, 2021.
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