6 Consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 23

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The Essence of Wisdom: The Heart Sutra and the Five Paths with Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi

In most Mahayana traditions, the Heart Sutra is recited every day either as a daily practice or as a preliminary to teachings. Many of us may have recited this sutra for years, but have little understanding of its meaning.

The Heart Sutra has two levels of meaning. Explicitly, it explains the perfection of wisdom, the teachings on emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. On a deeper level, the sutra explains the progressive stages of spiritual development eventually culminating in the attainment of full enlightenment: the Five Paths.

Join us for an explanation of the outer and inner levels of the Heart Sutra in this six-week class which will include discourses, discussion, and meditation.

Prerequisites: this course will be taught at the intermediate level, so participants should have some familiarity with basic Buddhist philosophy in order to get the most out of the class. Suggested prerequisites are “Buddhism in a Nutshell” or courses in the Discovering Buddhism series.

Suggested reading: Essence of the Heart Sutra, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Wisdom Publications, 2002)

About the Instructor

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading Be Here Now and early translations of Buddhist sutras in the early 1970s. Then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan

Buddhism, studying in India and Nepal with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services from 1992 to 2000. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period.

Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a touring teacher in the FPMT, teaching at various centers around the world, as well as visiting prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.

Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth levels, as well as teaching the a.r.t. of Fulfillment, Cultivating Emotional Balance (a secular program developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman) and Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. She has been one of the resident teachers at Land of Medicine Buddha since August 2018.


Date(s): 6 Consecutive Wednesdays, Sept. 18 - Oct. 23
Times: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
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Number of sessions: 6
Level: Intermediate
Participation: Best to attend all sessions
Location: Main Gompa
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