Protecting the Future of Tibet
Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination by Tenzin Prgye
Tibet House California invites you to attend a talk and guided meditation by Tenzin Prgye(Ravi Verma) entitled "Buddhist Meditation for Busy People." This talk is part of the series End of Suffering.
It is a free event. Please join our mailing list at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/dharma_at_thcal
This talk is based on His Holiness the Dalai Lama's book "The Meaning of Life."
Here is the excerpt from the book:/p>
WHY ARE WE in this situation? Where are we going? Do our lives have any meaning? How should we make use of our lives? How does Buddhism view the position of beings in the world and the ways humans can make their lives meaningful?
These questions about the meaning of life are addressed in a famous Buddhist painting of a wheel with twenty-one parts that outlines the process of rebirth. The diagram, said to be designed by the Buddha himself, depicts an inner psychological cosmology that has had great influence throughout Asia. It is much like a map of the world or the periodic table of chemical elements, but it is a map of an internal process and its external effects.
In Tibet, this painting is at the doorway of practically every temple. It vividly describes how we become trapped in a counterproductive maelstrom of suffering and how this process can be reversed, showing how Buddhists place themselves in an ever-changing universe of cause and effect. By illuminating the causes behind our situation of limitation and pain, the wheel of cyclic existence reveals how, through practicing antidotes to these causes, we can overcome the painful and limiting situations that are their effects. It shows the altruistic purpose that can make life meaningful. The unsettling description of the steps of entrapment is a call to action, for it shows how the prison of selfishness can be turned into a source of help and happiness for both oneself and others.
Dalai Lamai, His Holiness the. The Meaning of Life: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect (Kindle Locations 48-59). Wisdom Publications. Kindle Edition.
Saturday, April 2nd
The End of Suffering: The Way of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tibet House California invites you to attend 1-day retreat on Saturday April 2nd, 2016. Ravi Verma, President, Tibet House California will lead the retreat.
This is the second retreat on this topic.
It is a free event. if you can afford, we encourage you to make a donation for Tibetan Children's Village at http://thcal.us/donate.
Thursday June 4th, 2015
Tibet's Gift to The World
with Prof Robert Thurman
Tibet House California invites you to attend our weekly teachings on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at the Trinity Cathedral Church of Sacramento located at 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816. The goal of the study program is provide a firm foundation in the knowledge of Mahayana philosophy. For that end, the teacher is providing teachings from the following three key Mayahana texts.
- The Way of the Bodhisattava by Shantideva
- The Relative Truth and the Ultimate Truth by Je Tsonkhapa
- The Seven Point Mind Training by Atisha Shrigyan Dipankar
The Way of The Bodhisattva
Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara or Bodhisattvacaryavatara has been one of the most influential Indian texts in the Tibetan tradition. It has also become both popular and influential among Western practitioners, and has become almost required reading in many academic courses in contemporary universities. The work is arguably only second to the Dhammapada in its popularity and in the number of translations into modern languages (Asian as well as European). The work’s popularity perhaps needs an explanation, and it certainly demands translations that are both accurate and readable.
Relative Truth-Ultimate Truth
The Buddhist teaching of the "two truths" is the gateway to understanding the often-misunderstood philosophy of emptiness. This volume is an excellent source of support for anyone interested in cultivating a more holistic and transformative understanding of the world around them and ultimately of their own conciousness.
The Seven Point Mind Training
Lojong (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོང་,Wylie: blo sbyong) is a mind training practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of aphorisms formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje. The practice involves refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes.
The fifty-nine or so slogans that form the root text of the mind training practice are designed as a set of antidotes to undesired mental habits that cause suffering. They contain both methods to expand one's viewpoint towards absolute bodhicitta, such as "Find the consciousness you had before you were born" and "Treat everything you perceive as a dream", and methods for relating to the world in a more constructive way with relative bodhicitta, such as "Be grateful to everyone" and "When everything goes wrong, treat disaster as a way to wake up."
Tenzin Pragye(Ravi Verma) comes from Bihar in India, the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Verma has pursued a form of Buddhism that is called Buddhayana or the Vehicle of the Buddha. His teachings combine the tenets from the three major strands of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. He remains focused on the truth of suffering and elimination of suffering. For Verma the most effective to learn Buddhism is by reading the ideas in the book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Ethics for the New Millennium. Ravi Verma has the honor of translating this book into Hindi. He is also a documentary filmmaker. His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed his documentary film on the Heart Sutra Journey of the Heart by appearing in it.
Tibet House California's main goal is supporting the Tibetan Children's Village in India so that the young men and women of Tibet will be equipped to rebuild Tibet when their homeland achieves freedom from China.