Basic Program: "Tenets Module" with Ven George Churinoff

Nine Consecutive Friday Mornings, 9AM to 11AM PT, 5 March to 30 April 2021

***This class is offered online via Zoom**

“My doctrine has two modes: advice and tenets. To children I speak advice, and to yogis, tenets.”

Based on the idea that the Buddha taught different things to different people in line with their capacities, Tibetan scholars systemized the numerous trends in Indian Buddhist thought and taught the four schools of Tenets (Drubtha) as a means to approach the most profound philosophical teachings via more accessible levels. The text that is the basis for study of this subject gives a brief overview of the assertions on minds, objects, selflessness and the nature of attainment within each of the schools, culminating in the tenets of the most highly esteemed school, the Madhyamikas.

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About the Instructor:

Ven. George Churinoff (Gelong Thubten Tsultrim) has taught and studied in FPMT centers around the world.

Since attending his first November Course in Kopan in 1974 and ordaining in 1975, he has studied extensively. A physics graduate from MIT, Venerable George earned a Masters degree in Buddhist studies from Delhi University, India. He took ordination in 1975 and studied the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute, England, where he also served as Spiritual Program Coordinator.

Venerable George was instrumental in founding the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, where he also served as Program Coordinator. After studying and teaching there for eight years he spent several years at Tushita Centre in Delhi, followed by three years as Lama Osel Rinpoche’s English curriculum tutor at Sera Je Monastery in South India. Venerable George has done many retreats in the sutra and tantra traditions and taught extensively in FPMT centers all over the world. He taught the Basic Program as resident teacher at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand and at Land of Medicine Buddha, USA. Venerable George now resides in Asheville, NC.

Venerable George’s extensive teaching and retreat experience make him a valuable resource for beginner and advanced students alike.

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Date(s): Nine Consecutive Friday Mornings, 9AM to 11AM PT, 5 March to 30 April 2021
Times: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Instructor/Leader: George Churinoff
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Number of sessions: Nine
Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced
Participation: Consistent attendance is helpful
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