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Date: 

Sun, March 19, 2017

Time: 

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Event: 

Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life with Geshe Ngawang Tenley

 

 

Geshe Tenley will be teaching on Chapter One, "The Benefit of the Spirit of Awakening", from Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva way of life.

In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Composed in the eighth century by the Indian Bodhisattva Shantideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since. Shantideva presents methods to harmonize one's life with the Bodhisattva ideal and inspires us to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, patience, ethics, enthusiasm, meditative concentration, and wisdom.

Chapter One, illuminates the qualities and benefits of the bodhimind, the altruistic aspiration to become enlightened for the sake of others.

Geshe Ngawang Tenley was born in 1969 and in 1989 began preparation to become a monk under the guidance of his uncle, Geshe Tsulga. He was ordained by the late Gyume Khensur Geshe Urgyen Tseten Rinpoche in 1990 and began the program of studies to become a geshe at Sera Je Monastery. During the course of his studies, he has received many teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as other highly qualified masters. In 1998, he received his full ordination (gelong) vows from His Holiness, and in November 2008, after eighteen years of rigorous studies, he completed his final exams to be conferred the geshe degree at Sera Je Monastery. He began teaching at Kurukulla Center in 2009, and was appointed the resident teacher by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2010 following the passing away of Geshe Tsulga. His cheerfulness and humility endear him to everyone he meets.

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