Sat, Nov 1 - Sun, Nov 3

Friday night talk + Weekend program

Nov. 1 – The Hidden Meaning of the Heart of Wisdom Sutra

Nov. 2-3 – Teachings and Meditations on the Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths

A weekend with Geshe Kelsang Wangmo, including talks and meditations.

“The Noble Truth of Suffering (dukkha), monks, is this: Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, sickness is suffering, death is suffering, association with the unpleasant is suffering, dissociation from the pleasant is suffering, not to receive what one desires is suffering — in brief the five aggregates subject to grasping are suffering.

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The Four Noble Truths taught at the first discourse by the Buddha will be familiar to anybody who has read an introduction to Buddhism. But did you know that each of these Truths has four points? These are things that a person realizes when they attain the Path of Seeing, i.e., when they see ultimate reality directly. But we can meditate on them even before that in order to contradict some wrong ideas that we have about things.

For example, in relation to the First Noble Truth, the wrong idea that sufferings are permanent is overturned by noticing that they are impermanent, because of being produced intermittently. Or in relation to the Third Noble Truth, the wrong idea that there is no such thing as liberation is overturned by understanding that there is such a thing as a cessation in which suffering has been abandoned.

Exactly how to meditate on these Sixteen Aspects is hard to understand. With an expert Western teacher, we look forward to gaining more clarity.

See also: Public Talk at LMB

About the Instructor

In April 2011, Geshe Kelsang Wangmo made history by becoming the first female geshe, signaling a new era for nuns to excel scholastically and to take on important teaching roles that had traditionally been the domain of monks. “It has been a great pleasure to see that Ven. Kelsang Wangmo has been awarded with the Geshe degree and I hope that many nuns, some having finished their study for years already, will follow very soon,” Ven. Kunphen, spiritual program coordinator at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala, recently told Mandala. “It’s quite a big step, which will heighten the esteem and value nuns are given considerably.” – Mandala Magazine, October 2012, “The Joy of Study: An Interview with Geshe Kelsang Wangmo”

Read the full interview.


Friday, Nov. 1: 7pm to 9pm – Public Talk on Hidden Meaning of Heart Sutra

Saturday, Nov. 2: 10:30am to 5:30pm – Teachings and Meditations on the Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths

Sunday, Nov. 3: 10:30am to 12:30pm – Teachings and Meditations on the Sixteen Aspects of the Four Noble Truths

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Date(s): Sat, Nov 1 - Sun, Nov 3
Times: 7:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Geshe Kelsang Wongmo
Type of event: special event
Number of sessions: multiple
Level: general
Participation: drop-ins OK
Location: Main Gompa
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