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Intensive Course

Intensive Course

This program is specifically designed to suit the conditions of the people in cities who lead a very hectic lifestyle. Courses given include the philosophy as taught in the classical texts such as Arya Nagarjuna’s “Ratnavali” and Acharya Shantideva’s “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,” along with meditations. The program is held once in every two months for Four to Ten days.

 


2014


1.         Duration: Three Days

Topic: Mahayana Sutra called the "Exalted Wisdom on Going Beyond"

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: August 29 - 31, 2014

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2013


1.         Duration: Three Days

Topic: Stages of Meditation - The Middle Section (Skt: Bhavanakrama)

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: September 27 - 29, 2013

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2.         Duration: Three Days

Topic: Staircase to Emptiness

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: March 29 - 31, 2013

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3.         Duration: Three Days

Topic: Heart Sutra

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: April 5 - 7, 2013

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2012


 

1.         Duration: Three Days

Topic: In Praise of Dharmadhadu (Skt: dharmadhatu-stavah) (Tib: choeying toepa)

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: October 12 - 14, 2012

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2.          Duration: Three Days

Topic: Eight Verses of Mind Training ~ Kadampa Geshe Langri Thangpa

Teacher: Ven Geshe Pema Dorjee

Date: August 3 - 5, 2012

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3.          Duration: Three Days

Topic: Hymn to the Buddha, the World Transcendent ~ Arya Nagarjuna

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: May 25 - 27, 2012

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2011


1.          Duration: Five Days

Topic: In Praise of Dependent Origination

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: June 29 - July 3, 2011

An abstract: "In Praise of the Buddha for having taught the reality of Dependent Origination" was composed by Lama Tsongkhapa when he first had a vivid experience of the profound emptiness.

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2.        Duration: Four Days

Topic: 1. Fundamental Wisdom of Middle Way             
             2. Foundation of All Good Qualities

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: September 23 - 26 , 2011

An abstract: 

1. Fundamental Wisdom of Middle Way

Arya Nagarjuna, in Chapter 24, affirms that the following three points must be brought into serious reflection if one is to have a genuine view of ultimate reality and thus reaps the benefits of the profound mental freedom.

a. The purpose of realizing emptiness is to uproot the subtlest of the mental stains of disturbing emotions.
b. Dependent origination, instead of nothingness, is the meaning of emptiness.
c. Emptiness is the subtlest form of reality characterized by the five natures such as ineffability of it in its bare nature by thoughts and labels.

2. Foundation of All Good Qualities

Lama Tsongkhapa, while having presented a huge volume of manual to practice the path to Enlightenment, he also rendered "The Foundation of All Good Qualities" for our easy daily reference. It is consisted of instructions on how to follow the path from the beginner level to the most advance level. This is strictly a meditation guide and is concise for our practice.

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2010


Duration: Six Days

Topic: Study and meditation on Acharya Shantideva's
             8th chapter of 'Bodhicharyavatara' and
             Gyalsay Thogmay Sangpo's '37 Practices of Bodhisattvas'

Teacher: Geshe Dorji Damdul

Date: May 14 - 19, 2010

An abstract: 

Bodhicitta - The Compassionate Mind of Enlightenment

 The Unconditional Love Which Knows No Boundary

You are never alone; Come along with
an enlightening cheer

If there is anything that excels the beauty of a celestial maiden, it is Bodhicitta - the unconditional love for all beings. Bodhicitta, which signi fies ‘compassionate wisdom is forever appealing. Nothing matches the tenderness and grandeur of this unconditional love. The moment you experience the effect of it from someone, you cannot resist the feeling of being captivated by it and the person who embodies it. It has unbounded strength to attract one and all. A hardened heart or a cruel person is no exception. Then what greater ecstasy can there be in this world other than this mind of Bodhicitta. The moment it arises, you and everyone around you will forget all your grievances, fear and laments. It is a great panacea for all your ills. This is an illumination that banishes the darkness of ignorance. You feel light, expansive and ever so joyful. It is like a mother who gives you all she has with joy and all embracing affection. It has no expectation in return. It knows no borders, dissolves all barriers and penetrates deep into your being to make you invincible. Under its spell everyone is seen in the light of endearment. Embrace and develop it yourself. Taste this nectar of unconditional love, which knows no hostility.

Acharya Shantideva (8th century AD), a great Indian mind of Nalanda School, so beautifully captured the incredible benefits of cultivating this mind of Bodhicitta in chapter one of his widely practiced masterpiece 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life.' In chapter eight of the same text, he also offers the methods by which to cultivate it if you have not yet and how to enhance it if already in possession of it.

Nyul-chu Thogmay Sangpo, a life-long practitioner of Bodhicitta, offers us 37 tips as to how to safeguard this precious mind under vulnerable situations.