Kurukulla Center

for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

Professor Samdhong Rinpoche visits area April 18th - 19th
Posted Mar 30 2015 09:00:00am

Professor Samdhong Rinpoche
Saturday, April 18, 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Kurukulla Center
and
Sunday, April 19, 10:00 to 11:30 am at George Dilboy Post

We recently received the wonderful news that Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche, also known as the 5th Samdhong Rinpoche, will be visiting our center on Saturday, April 18 and will give a public talk on "The Benefit of Practicing Buddhism" from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Samdhong Rinpoche will also be giving a talk on "Preservation of Tibetan Language and Culture" with Q&A, on Sunday April 19 from 10:00 to 11:30 am at The George Dilboy Post, 371 Summer Street in Somerville, MA.

Venerable Lobsang Tenzin, better known by the titles Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, and to Tibetans as the 5th Samdhong Rinpoche (born 5 November 1939 in Jol, in eastern Tibet), was the previous Prime Minister (officially Kalon Tripa, or chairman of the cabinet), of the Central Tibetan Administration or Tibetan government-in-exile, which is based in Dharamshala, India.

A close associate of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the Tibetan leader, he was elected to this august position on 5th September 2001.

At the age of five, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the 4th Samdhong Rinpoche and enthroned in Gaden Dechenling Monastery at Jol. Two years later he took the monk vows and started his education. At the age of twelve, he entered the great Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet.  But in 1959, after the Chinese invasion of Tibet, he was forced to go into exile in India along with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

From 1961 onward Samdhong Rinpoche worked as a teacher in Central Tibetan schools in India, first in Shimla and later in Darjeeling. Between 1965 and 1970 he was the Principal of Central Tibetan School Dalhousie during which he completed his Geshe Lharampa and Geshe Ngagrampa Degrees. Between 1971 and 1988 he was the Principal of Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) at Varanasi, and from 1988 to 2001 he was the director/Vice Chancellor. He is regarded as one of the leading Tibetan scholars of Buddhism and is also an authority on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. He is fluent in Hindi and English, Tibetan being In 1991 Samdhong Rinpoche was appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and later was unanimously elected as its Speaker. Between 1996 and 2001 he was an elected member of the Tibetan Parliament representing exiled Tibetans from Kham province and also its Speaker.

In 2000 His Holiness the Dalai Lama decided that the Tibetan people in exile should elect their own Prime Minister, and in July 2001, Samdhong Rinpoche was elected with a landslide victory, with 84.45% of votes cast. In 2006, he was again elected as Prime Minister with 90.27% of votes cast. Since 2001 he has travelled extensively to gain support for the cause of Tibetan autonomy and raise awareness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" proposal for negotiating autonomy with the Chinese government. In August 2011, after serving two full terms as Kalon Tripa, he has now retired from active Tibetan politics.


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.

This Week at Kurukulla Center

Wednesday - Mar 25, 2015

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons with Geshe Ngawang Tenley

Thursday - Mar 26, 2015

6:00 pm- 7:00 pm Discovering Buddhism Discussion Group

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Group Meditation Practice facilitated by Matthew McCall

Friday - Mar 27, 2015

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Tara Puja

Sunday - Mar 29, 2015

10:00 am - 12:00 pm A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life with Geshe Ngawang Tenley

12:45 - 2:30 Lama Chopa (Guru Puja)

Monday - Mar 30, 2015

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Buddhism in a Nutshell with Sean González

Tuesday - Mar 31, 2015

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Yoga & Meditation with Wendy Cook

Wednesday - Apr 1, 2015

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm The Wheel Of Sharp Weapons with Geshe Ngawang Tenley

Thursday - Apr 2, 2015

6:00 pm- 7:00 pm Discovering Buddhism Discussion Group

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm Group Meditation Practice facilitated by Matthew McCall

Saturday - Apr 4, 2015

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Medicine Buddha Puja

Sunday - Apr 5, 2015

10:00 am - 12:00 pm A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life with Geshe Ngawang Tenley



To see what else is coming up, see our Calendar


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16 Guidelines for Life with Craig Mackie
Posted Mar 30 2015 09:00:00am

Tools for Personal and Cultural Change
Saturday, April 25 and Sunday April 26
9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

The 16 Guidelines are straightforward and practical tools for making life better. They are universal values that promote mindfulness and enhance the way we think, speak and act in relation to others and find meaning in everyday life. Through these 16 Guidelines we learn how to lay a solid foundation that will contribute to the happiness of both ourselves and others. This workshop is suitable for people of all ages and all walks of life.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised that the wisdom of this text becomes the practice of "Essential Education", an initiative of Lama Yeshe. These teachings are based on the wisdom and skillful means of Tibetan Buddhism, but are presented in a secular way.

The 16 Guidelines are:
Humility | Patience | Contentment | Delight
Kindness | Honesty | Generosity | Right Speech
Respect | Forgiveness | Gratitude | Loyalty
Aspiration | Principles | Service | Courage

Throughout this interactive workshop you will:

  • Get hands-on experience with a range of mindful tools and methods
  • Explore what brings meaning to one's life
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Guidelines & their practical application in daily life
  • Participate in mindfulness practice, exercises, brainstorming & discussion

The 16G have attracted everyone from neuroscientists to school teachers, corporations to social services agencies, parents to community builders - anyone who is in need of motivation to change their outlook and practices. The 16G are currently being used for personal and cultural change in hospitals, schools, social service agencies, drug rehab, hospices, universities, youth-at-risk programs, youth leadership programs, businesses and prisons as well as in families, communities and neighborhoods. (You can find additional information in this brochure.

Registration information:

  • $120 register by April 4
  • $140 thereafter

To register please email to Stacey at 16Guidelines@kurukulla.org and either send a check to Kurukulla Center or use PayPal for payment.

Thank you!

(Price includes 16 Guidelines for Life book, set of 16 Guidelines Cards and 30 page workshop booklet.)