Commentary on the Seven-Point Mind Training with Geshe Drakpa

Saturdays, May 6, June 3, Aug 5, Oct 7, 10am - 12noon PST

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“First Saturdays Teachings with Geshe Ngawang Dakpa”

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​​Join Land of Medicine Buddha, in collaboration with Tse Chen Ling, as their longtime resident teacher, Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, shares his wisdom and insight on a series of topics beneficial to our minds and our practice. Geshe-la will choose topics as the series progresses, and they’ll be posted here and announced in our eNews and social media. We’re grateful to have a scholar of Geshe Dakpa’s renown offer these teachings to our community! ​

Ven. Stephen Carlier will provide English interpretation of Geshe Dakpa’s teachings, and class will be hosted by Stephen Butler.

Commentary on Seven-Point Mind Training


Join us as Geshe Ngawang Dakpa will provide a commentary on the Seven-Point Mind Training, compiled by and attributed to Geshe Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (འཆད་ཁ་བ་ཡེ་ཤེས་རྡོ་རྗེ།, b.1101 – d.1175). Seven-Point Mind Training is one of the core texts of the lo-jong (“mind-training”) tradition, “…a specific approach to cultivating the awakened mind. That approach entails a disciplined process for radically transforming our thoughts and prejudices from natural self-centeredness to other-centered altruism.” (from Thupten Jinpa, Mind Training; The Great Collection.) Geshe-la will be giving his commentary on the basis of the Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo’s (ཕ་བོང་ཁ ༠༢ བདེ་ཆེན་སྙིང་པོ།, b.1878 – d.1941) edition of the root text.

As with previous dates in this series, Geshe-la will move through the text slowly, using as many dates of the class as needed to complete the text.


Confirmed dates for the series:


May 6

June 3

August 5

October 7

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. Steve 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.



Advanced registration is required – please make sure to register for each session you’d like to attend on a class-by-class basis. Once you register, the Zoom link will be included on your registration ticket/receipt.

Date(s): Saturdays, May 6, June 3, Aug 5, Oct 7, 10am - 12noon PST
Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, Ven. Steve Carlier
Type of event: Dharma Classes
Number of sessions: First Saturday of the month
Level: All Welcome
Location: Online Via Zoom
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