"In Praise of Dependent Origination" Teaching Series with Segyü Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Wangdü

Mondays Aug. 16th & 30th, Sept. 6th, Oct. 4th & 18th, Nov. 1st, 15th & 29th, 2021 PT


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These precious teachings on the Wisdom of Emptiness according to the Prasangika view are based upon a treatise composed by the medieval saint, Lama Tsongkhapa. The text “In Praise of Dependent Origination” is said to have come to Je Rinpoche (Lama Tsongkhapa) spontaneously through direct inspiration from the Buddha Manjushri, after the great master and scholar had spent a long period of time in retreat in deep practice. Je Tsongkhapa’s efforts were eventually rewarded by a vivid dream where the renowned Middle Way scholar Nagarjuna appeared to him, accompanied by his five main disciples. The next morning, Je Rinpoche composed the text effortlessly.

At a talk in Kopan Monastery in Nepal, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explained to students why this text is also sometimes known as “Dependent Arising: A Praise to the Buddha”.

“This is what Lama Tsongkhapa praised. He composed a text, a praise to Guru Shakyamuni Buddha for having taught dependent arising [In Praise of Dependent Arising.] With his own experience, having realized dependent arising, Guru Shakyamuni Buddha then revealed this to sentient beings. What he himself experienced, he also taught sentient beings. That is the very essential guidance by the Buddha. Only this way, by the Buddha explaining dependent arising and then sentient beings listening, reflecting and meditating on it, only in this way can they realize the unmistaken, the reality, the ultimate nature of things, of the I, the self and so forth. Only this way are sentient beings able to escape, to be liberated from the whole, entire suffering and its causes.”

-Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Kopan Monastery, 1991)


Known affectionately by some long term students as “Geshe Wangdu”, Rinpoche’s current full name, with all honorifics included, is Segyü Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Wangdü.  (The title “Khen” denotes the role of current Abbot.) Currently Rinpoche is Abbot at Segyü Dratsang and prior to that held the same role for a three year term at Gyümé Tantric College in South India. Awarded the degree of Lharampa Geshe in 1995, he is also the teacher of our Senior Monk, Venerable Steve, and our resident monastic, Venerable Samten, from Sera Je Monastery, in India. Khensur Rinpoche is known for his warm heart, great wisdom and erudition, and strong guru devotion.

Date(s): Mondays Aug. 16th & 30th, Sept. 6th, Oct. 4th & 18th, Nov. 1st, 15th & 29th, 2021 PT
Times: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Segyü Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Wangdü, Ven. Steve Carlier
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Number of sessions: 8 classes
Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced
Participation: Commitment to the Full Series is Recommended but not Mandatory
Location: Online Via Zoom
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