Our Buddha Potential: Sublime Continuum

Tuesdays, Sep 2 to Oct 28, 2014


Pende_300x300The very qualified Dharma teacher, Tubten Pende James Dougherty is kindly filling in for Venerable Steve for the first two classes of this course. (Venerable Steve Carlier is being called away to fill in for Yangsi Rinpoche at Maitripa College, while Yangsi Rinpoche fulfills responsibilities at Deer Park Buddhist Center in Wisconsin, due to the recent passing of Geshe Lhundub Sopa.) Pende is one of our frequent instructors at LMB; you can read more about him on our teacher page.

The root text for this course, Sublime Continuum (Uttaratantra) explains our potential for enlightenment by way of ten similes:

Just like a buddha in a decaying lotus, honey amidst bees, a grain in its husk, gold in filth, a treasure underground, a shoot and so on sprouting from a little fruit, a statue of the Victorious One in a tattered rag, a ruler of mankind in a destitute woman’s womb, and a precious image under a layer of clay, this buddha element abides within all sentient beings, obscured by the defilement of the adventitious poisons.

Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra Shastra with Commentary,
translated by Rosemarie Fuchs, Snow Lion.

This Fall, we will cover Part One of the topic of Buddha Potential, focusing on chapter one of Sublime Continuum. Part Two will be in the Spring of 2015.

steve_LOP2014_300px-webThe regular instructor for this course is Venerable Steve Carlier (Thubten Sherab), who is fluent in Tibetan and works from the original Tibetan texts to prepare these classes.


You will receive materials for this course – readings and other assignments – online, either emailed to you or uploaded to a website.

There are translations of the Uttaratantra in English (the root text of this course), which you are welcome to get on your own. You won’t need them for the course; you will be supplied with all necessary materials.

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Date(s): Tuesdays, Sep 2 to Oct 28, 2014
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Instructor/Leader: Tubten Pende, Venerable Steve Carlier
Type of event: weekly class
Number of sessions: 9
Level: FPMT Basic Program; Intermediate/Advanced
Participation: Full-time preferred; Auditing allowed.
Location: Main Gompa
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