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Ngöndro: The 9 Preliminary Practices

buddhist practice

About the Teaching
To get the realisations of the path to enlightenment and to prevent obstacles it is important to purify negative karma and accumulate merit. Traditionally, nine preliminaries practices are done for this purpose: prostrations, Vajrasattva, refuge, Lama Tsongkhapa’s migtsema, water bowl and mandala offerings, making tsatsas, Samayavajra, and Dorje Khadro. Geshe Namdak has kindly agreed to give an introduction to these nine preliminary practices, how to structure one’s Lam Rim meditations in the context of the Jorcho, and he will give the oral transmissions of these practices as well.

Is this for me?
To attend this course, one should have a good understanding of the Lam Rim, for example by having completed Discovering Buddhism and/or studying Basic Programme.

What can I expect?
An explanation of the ritual practices undertaking as preliminaries to the Vajrayana path.

Schedule

    Saturday 18 September

  • 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 1
  • 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 2
  • 14:30 – 15:30 | Session 3
    Sunday 19 September

  • 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 4
  • 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 5

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Nagarjuna’s Philosophy: Emptiness and the Ultimate Nature of the Mind (Day 1)

tibetan buddhist philosophy

About the Course | Wednesdays, 08 September – 10 November | 19:00 – 20:30
To be liberated from suffering Samsara and achieve Enlightenment, one needs to realise Emptiness. And to get a clear understanding of Emptiness we need to depend on the works of the Indian masters. Arya Nagarjuna was one of the greatest scholars of the ancient Nalanda tradition and his work Fundamental Wisdom is a masterpiece. Lama Tsongkhapa saw this excellent work as very important and realised emptiness through reading commentaries on chapter 18 of this text. Geshe Namdak will teach this inspiring and profound chapter and Nagarjuna’s precious instruction on the nature of the mind, called Praise of the Vajra Mind.

Is this for me?
To attend this course, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of Buddhist philosophy, for example: by having attended Introduction to Buddhism or Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy.

What can I expect?
The second of two in-depth lecture series delivered by Geshe Namdak on one of the most important texts in the Buddhist canon, authored by one of the tradition’s most influential philosophers.

Schedule
SEPTEMBER | 19:00 – 20:30

OCTOBER | 19:00 – 20:30

NOVEMBER | 19:00 – 20:30

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for each individual session that you would like to attend.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

This is a three-part course. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the first teaching. Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

About the Course
What is the ultimate nature of reality, how do we come to understand it and why is it worthwhile to do so? It is important to know the nature of reality in order to eliminate ignorance, which is the root cause of all destructive emotions and suffering. Geshe Namdak will guide us through Buddhist ideas of conventional and ultimate realities, to help us understand our external and inner worlds better.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in the philosophical basis of Buddhist mind science and the associated meditative practices, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist philosophical worldview, delivered by a world-class teacher. emotions.

Schedule

    • Monday 12 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

    • Monday 19 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

    Monday 26 July | 19:00 – 20:30

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

This is a three-part course. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the first teaching. Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

About the Course
What is the ultimate nature of reality, how do we come to understand it and why is it worthwhile to do so? It is important to know the nature of reality in order to eliminate ignorance, which is the root cause of all destructive emotions and suffering. Geshe Namdak will guide us through Buddhist ideas of conventional and ultimate realities, to help us understand our external and inner worlds better.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in the philosophical basis of Buddhist mind science and the associated meditative practices, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist philosophical worldview, delivered by a world-class teacher. emotions.

Schedule

    • Monday 12 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

    • Monday 19 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

    Monday 26 July | 19:00 – 20:30

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Buddhist Tantra

Buddhist tantra

About the Module
Learn what Buddhist tantra is, how it works, and why it is a powerful form of practice. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to practice simple kriya tantric methods. Learn how to integrate tantra with Lam Rim meditation to obtain the best results.

Is this for me?
Anyone with an interest in Buddhism can attend! But you’ll get the most benefit if you have a basic knowledge of Buddhism, or if you have attended previous Discovering Buddhism modules, or if you have completed Buddhist Meditation 101 or Buddhism in a Nutshell.

What can I expect?
A combination of teaching, meditation and Q&A.

Schedule

    • Saturday 17 July

    • 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 1
    • 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 2
    • 14:30 – 15:30 | Session 3

Sunday 18 July

  • 10:00 – 11:30 | Session 4
  • 12:00 – 13:00 | Session 5

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About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

About the course
Discovering Buddhism is a three-year programme in entry-level Buddhist philosophy and practice, with certification. It was specifically created to reflect FPMT wisdom culture and as such is considered a key FPMT program for preserving the teaching and practice lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Participants will experience a taste of the Buddha’s teachings, get acquainted with some meditation practices, and gain the skills they need to make their lives more meaningful.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

This is a three-part course. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the first teaching. Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

About the Course
What is the ultimate nature of reality, how do we come to understand it and why is it worthwhile to do so? It is important to know the nature of reality in order to eliminate ignorance, which is the root cause of all destructive emotions and suffering. Geshe Namdak will guide us through Buddhist ideas of conventional and ultimate realities, to help us understand our external and inner worlds better.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in the philosophical basis of Buddhist mind science and the associated meditative practices, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist philosophical worldview, delivered by a world-class teacher. emotions.

Schedule

    • Monday 12 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

    • Monday 19 July | 19:00 – 20:30

 

    Monday 26 July | 19:00 – 20:30

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

Introduction to Buddhist Mind Science

Buddhist Mind Science Course

About the Course
How is consciousness defined from the perspectives of the Buddhist tradition and of contemporary science? How do we perceive the world and how do our minds shape those perceptions to form a conceptual understanding of what we perceive? In this course, Geshe Namdak will explain how our minds perceive reality, how destructive emotions cause disturbances of mind and how development of constructive emotions leads to happiness.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in how psychological approaches derived from the Buddhist tradition could help you develop resilience, mental clarity and emotional intelligence, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist theory of mind and consciousness, delivered by a world-class teacher.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Schedule

– Monday 14 June | 19:00 – 20:30

– Monday 21 June | 19:00 – 20:30

– Monday 05 July | 19:00 – 20:30

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

This is a three-part course. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the first teaching. Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

Introduction to Buddhist Mind Science

Buddhist Mind Science Course

About the Course
How is consciousness defined from the perspectives of the Buddhist tradition and of contemporary science? How do we perceive the world and how do our minds shape those perceptions to form a conceptual understanding of what we perceive? In this course, Geshe Namdak will explain how our minds perceive reality, how destructive emotions cause disturbances of mind and how development of constructive emotions leads to happiness.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in how psychological approaches derived from the Buddhist tradition could help you develop resilience, mental clarity and emotional intelligence, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist theory of mind and consciousness, delivered by a world-class teacher.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Schedule

– Monday 14 June | 19:00 – 20:30

– Monday 21 June | 19:00 – 20:30

– Monday 05 July | 19:00 – 20:30

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

This is a three-part course. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the first teaching. Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

Introduction to Buddhist Mind Science

Buddhist Mind Science Course

About the Course
How is consciousness defined from the perspectives of the Buddhist tradition and of contemporary science? How do we perceive the world and how do our minds shape those perceptions to form a conceptual understanding of what we perceive? In this course, Geshe Namdak will explain how our minds perceive reality, how destructive emotions cause disturbances of mind and how development of constructive emotions leads to happiness.

Is this for me?
Absolutely! If you are interested in how psychological approaches derived from the Buddhist tradition could help you develop resilience, mental clarity and emotional intelligence, you’re welcome to come along. These classes are not about converting you to Buddhism; they’re about giving you the tools to improve your well-being.

What can I expect?
A comprehensive introductory overview of the Buddhist theory of mind and consciousness, delivered by a world-class teacher.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Schedule

– Monday 14 June | 19:00 – 20:30

– Monday 21 June | 19:00 – 20:30

– Monday 05 July | 19:00 – 20:30

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.

This is a three-part course. Registration will close 30 minutes before the start of the first teaching. Your ticket and Zoom link is valid for all three teachings.

Enlightening Activities of Arya Tara

Buddhism Tara

About the Teaching
Arya Tara is a manifestation of the activities of loving kindness, compassion, and wisdom of all the buddhas. She is not only swift in her enlightening activities, bestowing favourable conditions for our practice, but even more importantly, dependence on her also generates a mind of loving kindness and compassion. In our practices of the path to enlightenment and when engaging in projects for the purpose of sentient beings’ welfare and liberation, obstacles can arise. To prevent and pacify these obstacles, the dependence on Arya Tara is often advised as well. Geshe Namdak has kindly agreed to explain the Praises of the Twenty-One Taras, give basic advice on how to do the Four-mandala Offering to Tara and also to give the oral transmissions of these two practices.

Is this for me?
This teaching will be most relevant for those who have a prior knowledge of Buddhism (specifically the Indian and Tibetan tradition), or for those who identify as Buddhist.

What can I expect?
An explanation of one of the principal archetype deities in the Tibetan and Indian Buddhist pantheon, as well as her associated liturgies and practices.

About Geshe Namdak
Our Resident Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Namdak, was given full ordination by HH Dalai Lama and completed the twenty-year-long Geshe degree. A Dutch citizen who teaches in English, he’s known for his warm, gentle and inclusive style.

Cost
No one will be turned away because of lack of funds. If the existing tier options are not accessible for you, please email [email protected] to request additional financial support. Everyone is welcome, regardless of what you can pay. We want to help find a pricing plan that is workable for your situation.