Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies
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Wed, August 09, 2017


7:00 - 9:00 PM 


Mind and Mental Factors with Geshe Ngawang Tenley



The study of Mind and Cognition (Lorig) is subdivided into two main parts: Minds and Mental Factors, and Awarenesses and Knowers.

In contrast to Awarenesses and Knowers, which investigates how the mind knows, this subject focuses on the states that color and control the mind, known as the 51 mental factors. Based on one of the earliest systematizations of the Buddha's teachings, this practical guide offers us a key to identifying and cultivating positive attitudes that lead to peace and well-being.

This class is suitable for all levels of students and for anyone interested in learning more about the mind, whether you consider yourself a Buddhist or not.

Please e-mail spc@kurukulla.org if you would like either a hard or soft copy of the root text that we are using.

If you cannot make it to the Center, you are also welcome to participate from your home by listening online to the live broadcast
Class Questions:
We will continue to review the questions from our class on July 19, starting with Question 3. We also have one new question shown below. In addition Geshe-la has asked that we be mindful of our experience of the mental factors of embarrassment and shame during our day to day activities and bring our thoughts on this for discussion.

  • What is the reason why a person without faith will not have good qualities?

  • At the end on the section on faith (page 35) it states: "Even the Great Being, the Protector Nagarjuna, emphatically taught that faith is the foundation of all paths." In which text does he say this?

  • What is the difference between liking and faith toward the spiritual friend?

  • NEW: If you have faith or respect will that overcome pride?


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.