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Sun, July 15, 2018


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 


Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion with Dr. Nick Ribush



Dr. Nick will explain the importance of the spiritual teacher, the correct way to develop a student-teacher bond, and offer commentary on the Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion. This text was written in about the first century B.C. by Ashvagosha and is the most comprehensive summary of devoting yourself to your guru by means of action.

This teaching by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey is a great resource for further study of this topic, as is the book, The Fulfillment of All Hopes: Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism, which is a translation of a commentary by Lama Tsongkhapa on the Fifty verses of Guru Devotion.

Dr. Nick Ribush, first encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 1972, when he attended the third one-month course given there. It was taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, two of the lamas most instrumental in the transmission of Buddhism to the West and founders of the FPMT, the international organization with which Kurukulla Center is affiliated. One of the main things that impressed Dr. Nick was the way Tibetan Buddhism distills the complexity of the vast Buddhist teachings into a clear path that can be understood and practiced by anybody, a roadmap to enlightenment (in Tibetan: lam-rim, the stages of the path). Another was that nobody was expected to accept what was taught unchallenged-everything is up for analysis and debate, following true scientific method.

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