LIBERATION IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND SERIES
COURSE OVERVIEW: TAKING REFUGE—THE GATEWAY TO LIBERATION
Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.,
September 8 to October 27, 2020 (eight weeks)
Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe, 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 (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: Taking Refuge—The Gateway to Liberation
Taking refuge orients us to the spiritual goal of enlightenment beyond this ordinary existence. It is considered the gateway that opens the path to enlightenment because it is the basis upon which the entire Buddhist spiritual system rests. In this fifth course in our Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand series, we continue in the Small Scope and examine why, and in what, we should take refuge. The practice benefits all levels of practitioners; from those who are merely seeking protection to those who use it to develop their own mind-stream with the qualities of the three jewels.
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.
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.
While it would be optimal for registrants of this course to have taken the four 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.
Currently the course will only be offered virtually until such time as we are able to safely open the Centre for regular classes. It is our intention to continue offering zoom classes as an option after the Centre is reopened.
Tuesdays, September 8th to October 27th, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
We are offering this eight-week course by donation. Donations can be made at the Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Mediation Society’s Canada Helps page using the link below.
Donations can be made under the “General Programming & Operations” heading. Please note the name of the course (Taking Refuge 2020) in the “Include a message for this charity” box.
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. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Please contact the office at [email protected] if you require assistance.
To ensure you receive the course Zoom link prior to the first class, please register by Sunday, September 6th. Zoom Links will be emailed on Monday, September 7th.