Saturday, November 6th, 2021
10:00am – 12:00pm PDT
**Presented via Zoom. Registration required.**
Join us in collaboration with Tse Chen Ling, as their longtime resident teacher, Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, shares his wisdom and insight on calm abiding, or shamatha meditation. Geshe Lhundup Sopa (teacher of both Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche) wrote, “Meditative stabilization is addressed specifically through the cultivation of calm-abiding, or shamatha, the mind resting in single-pointed focus… Bodhisattvas strive to achieve shamatha because it has a special benefit. Once you have that mental power, the senses follow the mind.”
Ven. Stephen Carlier will provide English interpretation of Geshe Dakpa’s teaching, and class will be hosted by Stephen Butler.
ABOUT GESHE NGAWANG DAKPA
Geshe Ngawang Dakpa served as a resident teacher at Tse Chen Ling. He was born in Nakchu, northeast of Lhasa, Tibet and became a monk at the age of ten. At the local monastery of Othok he studied both Dharma and secular subjects extensively before entering Sera Je Monastery eleven years later. He fled Tibet in 1959. Upon his arrival in India, Geshe-la not only continued his monastic studies, but also spent three years at the Sanskrit University in Varanasi, earning an MA with honors. Invited by the Queen of Sikkim, he taught at the University of Sikkim for nearly 20 years before returning to Sera monastery in South India and obtaining his Geshe degree. Additionally, Geshe-la taught in Taiwan before arriving in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR – VEN. STEVEN CARLIER
Venerable Steve Carlier resides at Land of Medicine Buddha, teaching the Basic Program. He has been studying Buddhism since 1977 and was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Lama Zopa in 1979, then receiving full ordination from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche the following year. He studied for eleven years at Nalanda Monastery in France, and from 1993 to 2004 was one of only a handful of Westerners who have followed the Nalanda (India) tradition of studies at Sera Monastery in India. He has interpreted for several of the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism.
|Date(s):||Saturday November 6th, 10am - 12noon PDT|
|Times:||10:00 am - 12:00 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, Ven. Steve Carlier|
|Type of event:||special event|
|Number of sessions:||1 weekend class|
|Level:||All are welcome|
|Participation:||All are welcome|
|Location:||Online Via Zoom|
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