All classes are free and all are welcome!
Introduction to Buddhism teachings - "Lamrim"
(Stages on the Path to Enlightenment)
Sundays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Suitable for beginners and advanced Buddist students
Recommended text: Liberation In The Palm Of Your Hand - by Pabongka Rinpoche
Advanced Teachings - "Heart Sutra" (thru 9/27)
"Santideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life" (begins 10/6)
Fridays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Suitable for more advanced Buddhist students
Resident Teacher Ven. Geshe Kunchok Tenzin
Geshe Kunchok Tenzin is a monk scholar of the Gyuto Tantric Monastery and he is currently serving as a TEACHER (GESHE) at the Gyuto Foundation. He is a fully ordained Buddhist monk, having passed all of his philosophical tests and exams, such as: text memorization, musical notations, hand mudras, and ritualistic instruments, etc. He also leads the other monk artists in making Sand Mandalas, Tormas and Butter Sculptures. He completed his studies in the five major treatises of Buddhism and was conferred the Geshe Lharam degree (Doctorate in Buddhist Philosophy) in 1997, as well as being awarded the Ngagrampa Degree for having completed advanced studies on the four classes of Buddhist Tantra and Doctor of Philosophy in Tantra in 2010.
He was born on July 1, 1960 in the hills of Darjeeling, in north eastern India. He attended the CST Darjeeling School during childhood and was advised by the school's Buddhism teacher to consider joining monkhood. He went to Gaden Shartse Monastery in Dharamsala, and was entrusted in the care of Khen Rinpoche Jetsun Kunchok Gyatso, the 76th Khenpo of Gaden Shartse. In 1972, he took the novice monastic vows and went on to begin his formal studies. He gained valuable teachings of sutras and tantras from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the senior and junior tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1987, he received the full order of Bikshu in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kyabje Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche.
In 1989, he was assigned to head an outreach program to promote Tibetan religion and culture to the outside world. He had the privilege of seeking an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and followed his advice by extensively touring the US and Europe for three years promoting peace, harmony, compassion, and tolerance through cultural exchange, and interfaith dialog.
In 1992, he returned to the monastery and completed his studies metaphysics, scholastic education, and doctoral studies, all with distinguished results. In 1997, he was bestowed with the title of Geshe Lharampa (equivalent to the Doctoral title in Buddhist Philosophy). He then enrolled in Gyuto Tantric University (Monastery), and received tantric education, Guhyasamaja Tantra, the secret teachings, tantric treatise, etc. He sat for the tantric debates with the Geshes and received his doctorate degree in mysticism (Ngagrampa) at which time he also received his Tantric vows.
Among his many responsibilities, Geshe Kunchok Tenzin worked as the Discipline Master and the Director of Gaden Shartse Library, as well as the Principal for Gaden Shartse Monastic University, and later as the Education Director.
Later, acting on the request of his monastic house and the monastery, he headed the monastery outreach program again and travelled to the US and Spain for five years teaching Buddhism, and performing religious rituals to benefit Buddhist devotees.
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