Tibetan Buddhist studies
integrating Buddha's teachings into daily practice
These monthly classes are designed to help us integrate the Buddha’s teachings for mindful living into our daily practice. As a Sangha, we will study, meditate upon and discuss a variety of antidotes which can be applied to dissolve our habitual suffering. Whether you are a person with some background in Buddhism, a serious practitioner or just curious, this class may be for you.
We are currently studying The Hundred Verses of Advice, by Dilgo Khyentse and Padampa Sangye.
"When I first became interested in Buddhism, I found it extremely confusing. I jumped from instruction to instruction with no clear idea of what I was doing. Fortunately, I came across many good teachers and eventually I was able to start making sense of it all. However, those years of confusion have never left me, which is why I have written The Best Way to Catch a Snake. I see many people facing the same problems I did, so I sincerely hope that this book will help people along their Buddhist path. The book is a practical guide, and so it is my hope that you will read it carefully, and stop after each section to do the contemplations. This will ensure that the knowledge you gain will be put into practice and not simply remain intellectual." -- Karma Yeshe Rabgye
Upon completion of the current book, our next will be Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind, Volume I, by Longchepa.
Written in the fourteenth century, Longchenpa's classic is a Buddhist manual for attaining liberation, teaching us how to familiarize ourselves with our most basic nature - the clear, pristine, and aware mind. We will find essential instructions on the need to turn away from spiritual materialism, how to develop boundless compassion for all beings, along with the view of Tantra and associated meditation techniques. This will be presented from the Dzogchen perspective, providing us with all the tools necessary to traverse the Tibetan Buddhist path of finding rest.
Join us to read, contemplate, discuss, and practice together.
Purchasing the texts: We recommend purchasing the texts from Shambala Press. Without ordering in advance, it will be difficult to find these texts at a bookstore.
Note: While each class is independent, for the deepest understanding of how to apply the teachings to your daily practice, we encourage you to read the text and make a commitment to yourself to attend all of the Buddhist Studies classes.
2018 snow Dates (all Thursdays): January 18, February 15, December 13
In the event of inclement weather that might cause us to cancel, please call 610-285-6145. Our outgoing message will let you know if we will not hold the class.
Note: Online payment is accepted for these classes.Fee: $30.00 (per class, payable at each class; additional Dana (offering) if desired.)