May 12–14 and May 19–21
Mahayana Mind Training: The Wheel of Sharp Weapons A FPMT Basic Program Taught by Don Handrick, a Masters Program graduate Two weekends: May 12–14 and May 19–21 Friday evening through Sunday afternoon Friday: 7pm; Saturday: 10:30am / 2pm / 4pm; Sunday: 10:30am / 2pmCourse materials will be provided. Please register by May 10. Students interested to take this course as a Basic Program subject MUST REGISTER in advance. Reading materials will be sent to you ahead of time.
And thus bodhisattvas are likened to peacocks: they live on delusions – those poisonous plants. Transforming them into the essence of practice, they thrive in the jungle of everyday life. Whatever is presented they always accept, while destroying the poison of clinging desire...—Dharmarakshita
The Mahayana path is characterized by the bodhisattva’s aspiration to become a buddha for the sake of all beings. The means to develop and enhance this extraordinary attitude are revealed in a genre of teachings, at once practical and radical, known as ‘mind training’, or ‘thought transformation’, Tib. Lojong. The Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakshita is one of the most esteemed and precious mind training teachings. It contains powerful methods for counteracting our true enemies—the self-grasping and self-cherishing minds, which oppose altruistic intent and prevent lasting happiness and peace. This course is part of the FPMT Basic Program. It highly recommended for those who have attended the Discovering Buddhism classes or some other foundation level courses and want to learn more about Buddhism and working with the mind.
About the Teacher
Don Handrick is the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, NM. Don's study and practice of Buddhism began in 1993 when he read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years he practiced with Rigpa, Sogyal Rinpoche's organization, until he began attending classes with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling, the FPMT center in San Francisco.
At the beginning of 1998, Don left the Bay Area to attend the FPMT's Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study program in Tuscany, Italy, taught by the incomparable scholar and kind Spiritual Friend, Geshe Jampa Gyatso. By 2004, he successfully completed all five subjects of the program and received an FPMT final certificate with high honors. Soon after, Don moved to Santa Fe and served as the Spiritual Program Coordinator for Thubten Norbu Ling, and in 2006 he was appointed Resident Teacher. In 2015, Don led the month-long November Course at Kopan Monastery and in 2016, he began spending a portion of each year visiting other FPMT centers as a touring teacher.
Don has received teachings from many esteemed and precious lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchog. He is well-known for his humility, kindness and clarity of instruction.
|Date(s):||May 12–14 and May 19–21|
|Type of event:||Basic Program|
|Number of sessions:||6 sessions from Friday to Sunday.|
|Participation:||All are welcome|
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