Thursday, Nov 21 - 7pm

The Four Seals 

The Unique, Indispensible Characteristic Features of Buddhism

Now, we can ask are there any characteristics of Buddhist Dharma that need to be there regardless of culture . . . the characteristic features of Buddhism itself, not shared in common with other traditions. And we have what is called the “four hallmarks” or “seals of the Dharma.” The full term for it is the “sealing points that will allow us to label a particular view, philosophical view, as being based on the Buddha’s teaching, the Buddha’s words, enlightening speech of the Buddha.”  – by Alexander Berzin

4-seals-TibThese four points are:

  1. All conditioned phenomena are impermanent.
  2. All contaminated phenomena are in the nature of suffering.
  3. All phenomena are empty and selfless.
  4. Nirvana is Peace.

All are welcome!

About the teacher: Ganden Tripa Rizong Rinpoche

Born in Ladakh in the early 1930s, Rizong Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned as a child as the reincarnation of the founder of Rizong Hermitage. In the mid 1940s Rinpoche joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa for his higher training, remaining until the Chinese takeover of Tibet in 1959. He then joined His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan exile community in India. He was appointed by His Holiness as Abbot both of Gyume Tantric Monastery and of Drepung Loseling, two of the main Gelugpa monasteries.

Rinpoche was appointed as the Ganden Tripa, the spiritual head of the Gelugpa lineage, in October 2009. Rinpoche has made the practice of meditation his principal focus in life, and has conducted numerous extensive retreats, including a three-year tantric retreat on the Yamantaka mandala in a remote hermitage in Ladakh. He is known for his achievements in practice and scholarship in both the sutra and tantra traditions


Date(s): Thursday, Nov 21 - 7pm
Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Rizong Rinpoche
Type of event: open talk
Number of sessions: 1
Level: general
Participation: All are welcome.
Location: Main Gompa
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