Geshe Thubten Sherab
Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 8
We are very fortunate and honored to welcome Gheshe Thubten Sherab to Kurukulla Center as part of his teaching tour of the North East. He will be arriving at the center on Tuesday, March 3 and leave for Milarepa Center on Monday, March 9.
The schedule is as follows:
Generating the Bodhicitta Mind
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Compassion is the guiding principle of the bodhisattvas, those who vow to attain enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings from the suffering and confusion of imperfect existence. To this end, they must renounce all self-centered goals and consider only the well-being of others.
Tonight Geshe Sherab will be teaching on the different ways to generate the bodhicitta mind that will overcome the bodhisattva's enemies, the ego, desire, and hatred.
The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination.
Friday, March 6, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
(*NOTE:* You MUST attend the teaching on Friday to attend Saturday)
The theory of the twelve links of dependent origination, or dependent arising, was taught by the Buddha to show the process of cause and effect (karma) by which the circumstances of cyclic existence (taking rebirth again and again) arise. The great variety of effects that we experience as life in samsara (the cycle of existence) arise from a conjunction of many, many different causes and conditions. There is nothing that arises without depending on causes and conditions. When something arises, it always depends on something else.
In this series, Geshe Sherab will explain how each link in this chain of causality gives rise to the next link. Geshela will give advice on how we can interrupt this process of samsaric evolution by cutting the causal links at certain points.
This series is a perfect follow-up for those who recently attended Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi's teachings on the same topic. Your understanding will be deepened. At the same time, this series is perfect for those who wish to dive into an exploration of karma, rebirth and the nature of reality.
Karma: Observing the Laws of Cause
Sunday March 8, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
The root of all virtue, happiness, and bliss within cyclic existence and beyond is trust in the cause and effect of karma, and faith in the Three Jewels based on knowing their perfect qualities. Trust in karma develops from a solid understanding of how it works, knowing what kind of results arise from what kinds of actions. Unless you reflect at length on the two kinds of karma and their effects, and then properly cast aside the non-virtuous and adopt the virtuous, you will not be able to stop the causes of lower rebirths.
This afternoon Geshe Sherab will be teaching on how to develop a clear and deep understanding of these causal relationships, grow trust in the action of karma, and how this trust is the main root of all well-being.
Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1976 in a small village in Western part of Nepal to Tibetan parents. He received his education at Kopan Monastery from the time he was a boy, and completed his geshe degree at Sera Je Monastic University in 2000. This was followed by a year of studies at Gyume Tantric College in India.
In 2001 Geshela came to the USA to work at the FPMT International Office. During that time he taught at several FPMT dharma centers in New Mexico. After two and a half years he returned to Nepal to be the Headmaster of Kopan Monastery. Recently Geshela retired from this role in order to have more time to devote to meditation and teaching internationally. The combination of his traditional training and his experience of living in America gives him a deep understanding of Western culture and makes his teachings especially compelling and profound.
This program with Geshe Sherab is offered freely while acknowledging we have extra expenses when hosting visiting teachers. Please donate as you are able. Thank you!