Geshe-la has been giving extensive commentaries on the various texts of the Basic Program. In 2014, students enjoyed his in-depth commentary on the Special Insight section of the Stages of the Path, a text composed by the 14th century Buddhist master, Tzong Khapa. The topic examined the quality of insight needed to discern ultimate reality, also known as emptiness or selflessness.
In 2015, Geshe-la moved onto the next text, Maitreya’s The Ornament of Clear Realization. This is the root text for the study of the levels of realisation related to enlightenment according to the Middle Way (Madhyamika) school of Buddhist philosophy. This important scripture, traditionally the basis for extensive study in the monastic curriculum, made explicit these levels, which were otherwise presented in only a hidden manner in the Buddha’s Perfection of Wisdom teachings. From among the 70 topics covered by the Ornament, the 11 topics of Chapter Four have been selected for commentary in the FPMT Basic Program curriculum.
Dates & time: Thursdays March 2, 9, 16, 23; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 [17 weeks]; 7:00-9:00pm.
Cost: $15/$13 VI members per session, pay at the door. Or purchase a special semester pass at reception for teachings from Feb-June 2017 at $230/$200.
All of these teachings by Geshela will be interpreted by Voula Zarpani.
This is an advanced level course on Buddhist philosophy. Previous audio teachings by Geshe Samten on the Basic Program are available via the VI website by clicking here.
About the Teacher
Geshe Ngawang Samten was born in Panchamari, MP, India. At the age of nine, he entered the Sera Monastic Institute and took the vows of monk ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Geshe-la completed his studies and attained his Geshe degree at the highest level of a Lharampa, the equivalent of a PhD in Buddhist Philosophy. For a number of years, he taught as a lecturer in the Gelug tradition at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath. Since 2003 Geshe-la has been the main resident teacher at VI.
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