Kurukulla Center

for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Venerable Robina Courtin
Posted Feb 22 2018 12:00:00pm

April 3 to 9

Kurukulla Center is once again honored and delighted to have Venerable Robina Courtin visit our Center for teachings. Venerable Robina will be arriving on Tuesday, April 3, and will depart on Monday, April 9.

Free Your Mind - Discover Your Potential

  • Tuesday, April 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Self-Forgiveness, Compassion and Purification

  • Wednesday, April 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Weekend Retreat: Joyfully Practicing Dharma in the Face of Adversity

  • Friday, April 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (With potluck lunch)
  • Sunday, April 8 from 10:00 to 5:00 pm (With potluck lunch)

Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.

Venerable Thubten Chodron
Posted Feb 21 2018 12:00:00pm

April 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Venerable Thubten Chodron will be in Boston the week of April 9 and has kindly accepted our request for a teaching on Tuesday evening, April 10.

Venerable Chodron will be teaching on how we can lead an open-hearted life and put compassion into practice in all life situations. You can learn more about this topic in the book that Venerable Chodron wrote with the clinical psychologist, Russel Kotz --An Open-Hearted Life: Transformative Methods for Compassionate Living from a Clinical Psychologist and a Buddhist Nun.

Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Western nuns and monks in the U.S. She graduated from UCLA, and did graduate work in education at USC. Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, she has studied extensively with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche.

Visit thubtenchodron.org for a media library of her teachings, and sravasti.org to learn more about the Abbey

Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Inc. was founded in 1989 under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT. Under the guidance of resident teacher Geshe Ngawang Tenley, Kurukulla Center's mission is to provide a community of support for those who are studying and practicing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Wednesday Evening Classes with Geshe Tenley: Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's In Praise of Dependent Origination
Posted Feb 26 2018 11:00:00am

Wednesday Evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

In Praise of Dependent Origination by Je Tsongkhapa is considered to be one of the most profound works in Tibetan Buddhism. It addresses the relationship between emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality, and dependent origination, the realization that things do not exist independently from other factors such as causes and conditions. It is said that Je Tsongkhapa composed this poetic text the very morning that he attained the realization of the unity of emptiness and dependent origination.

The study of dependent origination is considered the "king of logic," enabling us to understand how the doctrine of emptiness is compatible with our common experience of the world.

You can download a copy of the root text or e-mail spc@kurukulla.org if you would like a hard copy.

If you cannot make it to the Center, you are also welcome to participate from your home by watching the live broadcast online .

Professor Robert Thurman
Posted Feb 23 2018 12:00:00am

April 13 and 14

Professor Thurman has kindly accepted our request to teach at Kurukulla Center and will also give a keynote talk at our upcoming Gala Event. He is recognized worldwide as an authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. He travels internationally to universities, companies, conferences and think tanks to advocate for the relevance of Buddhist ideas to our daily lives.

The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Living Buddhist ideals in the Western world

  • Friday, April 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Love your enemies: How to Break the anger habit and be a whole lot happier

  • Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Kurukulla Center Gala Fundraising Reception with Keynote Talk: The Relevance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Buddhism in today's world.

  • Saturday, April 14 from 5:30 am to 10:00 pm

Professor Thurman enjoys a close friendship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, having spent many years as his student. This special bond gives him unique insight into His Holiness. He reasons passionately that His Holiness--being a man with no worldly rank--embodies the most practical leader of world leaders. Thurman asserts that the worst outcomes of our present global crisis could be averted if we replaced the current conditions with His Holiness' message of reason, peace and compassion: nonviolent dialogue in place of war, environmental restoration in place of consumerist exploitation, inter-religious mutual affirmation in place of ideological competition, hope and determination in place of cynicism and denial.