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Ngöndro: The 9 Preliminary Practices

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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.

Enlightening Activities of Arya Tara

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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.

Song of Experience: Commentary by Yangten Rinpoche (Day 6)

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About the Course | Saturdays, 09 January – 20 February | 10:00 – 11:30
The literary genre known as Lam Rim, or Stages of the Path, originated with the 10th century scholar known as Atisha. His seminal work, A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, condensed and systematised the vast canon of the Buddha’s teachings into its quintessential instructions. Over 300 years later the genre enjoyed a renaissance in Tibet under Lama Tsongkhapa, whose oeuvre includes Song of Experience, one of the pithier of his Lam Rim treatises. We have the great privilege of Yangten Rinpoche providing a commentary on this profound and fundamental text. The translation of the text that we will be using is by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, long-time translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Is this for me?
Anyone with an interest in Buddhism can attend this course. However, it will be helpful to have a basic understanding of Buddhism, in particular the teachings of the Lam Rim, for example: by having attended the Discovering Buddhism course.

What can I expect?
An exposition of a profound Buddhist text by an esteemed scholar.

Schedule

JANUARY | 10:00 – 11:30

FEBRUARY |  10:00 – 11:30

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

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About the Teacher
Born in the Kham region of Tibet, Yangten Rinpoche was recognised as the reincarnation of his predecessor at the age of 10. An alumnus of the illustrious Sera Monastery, he graduated with the highest possible degree of Lharampa Geshe before completing his studies at Gyuto Tantric College. Since 2008, at the personal behest of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Yangten Rinpoche has been working at the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in various capacities. Click here to read Rinpoche’s full bio.

About the Translator
Geshe Kelsang Wangmo is a German-born Buddhist nun, scholar, and teacher. She is the first woman to ever be awarded the title of Geshe. We are honoured to have her translating for Yangten Rinpoche.

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.

Lama Tsongkhapa Day

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Zoom Event. Join Here

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About the Event
Join us to celebrate the life and vast activities of Lama Tsongkhapa, one of the most influential philosophers in history and the founder of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism, to which Jamyang Buddhist Centre London is closely associated.

Is this for me?
Anyone with an interest in Buddhism can attend this course.

What can I expect?
Recitation of prayers and scriptures connected to Je Tsongkhapa, including various texts written by the master himself, as well as readings from his biographies.

Cost
This is a free event. If you would like to make a donation to Jamyang Buddhist Centre, please do so here. All donations go towards the running of the centre.