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Wed, August 08, 2018


7:00 - 9:00 PM 


Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's In Praise of Dependent Arising with Geshe Tenley



In Praise of Dependent Origination by Je Tsongkhapa is considered to be one of the most profound works in Tibetan Buddhism. It addresses the relationship between emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality, and dependent origination, the realization that things do not exist independently from other factors such as causes and conditions. It is said that Je Tsongkhapa composed this poetic text the very morning that he attained the realization of the unity of emptiness and dependent origination.

The study of dependent origination is considered the "king of logic," enabling us to understand how the doctrine of emptiness is compatible with our common experience of the world.

Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), author of the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment and teacher to the First Dalai Lama, is renowned as one of the greatest scholars that Tibet has ever produced. He is the founder of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. More information on Je Tsongkhapa's life can be found on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

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

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.