Sundays with Geshe la: The Essence of Refined Gold

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Sundays with Geshe la: The Essence of Refined Gold

Dates: Jun 9, 2024 – Sep 29, 2024, No Class Aug 18 or 25

Dive deep into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism with this enlightening course centered around “The Essence of Refined Gold,” a seminal text by the Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso. This profound work offers a comprehensive guide to the stages of the path (Lamrim), presenting the essence of Buddhist teachings in a clear and accessible manner. Through this course, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the text’s timeless wisdom and practical instructions for spiritual practice and personal transformation.

Throughout this course, participants will:
• Explore the historical and spiritual context of “The Essence of Refined Gold,” understanding its significance within the broader tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and its relevance to contemporary spiritual seekers.
• Understand the key themes and teachings of the text, including the development of bodhicitta, the cultivation of wisdom understanding emptiness, and the practice of compassion and ethical conduct.
• Engage in contemplations and discussions designed to deepen their grasp of the teachings and how they can be applied to modern life.

The course will cover:

• The Path to Enlightenment: An overview of the Lamrim teachings as presented in “The Essence of Refined Gold,” including the gradual steps to achieving enlightenment.
• Practical Wisdom: Insight into the practical applications of the Third Dalai Lama’s teachings, focusing on how to integrate these principles into daily life for personal growth and the benefit of others.
• Meditative Practices: Instruction on meditation techniques drawn from the text, aimed at cultivating mindfulness, compassion, and a deeper understanding of the nature of reality.

This course is suitable for both new and experienced students of Buddhism who wish to enrich their spiritual practice and understanding of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Participants will leave with a comprehensive grasp of “The Essence of Refined Gold” and its teachings, equipped with practical tools for navigating the path to enlightenment.

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