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Wed, November 04, 2020


7:00 - 9:00 PM 


VIRTUAL CLASS: Necklace of Learned Explanations: Presentation of Grounds and Paths with Geshe Tenley



NOTE: In response to COVID-19 we will be holding virtual classroom teachings until further notice.

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Class Description: Although the value of meditation is well-recognized in the Western world, there is less awareness of the great benefits of scriptural study and analysis. Yet, both are integral to achieving long lasting transformation of our minds. Both stabilizing and analytical meditation (based on study of the Buddha’s teachings and the commentaries composed by later Buddhist masters) are necessary for us to make true progress in uprooting the tendencies which lead to the lack of freedom, unease and disappointments of a self-centered life. A traditional analogy used to describe this process is that in order to see a painting clearly in the dark, you must use a light that is both steady and bright.

Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen’s Grounds and Paths (Necklace of Learned Explanations) provides an entryway into learning the mental qualities we must shed and the ones we must develop to progress along the Buddhist path. Laying out a roadmap for the "three vehicles" - the Hearer, Solitary Realizer and Bodhisattva – one learns the key markers along the Buddhist path which lead to liberation and enlightenment.

The text is challenging and concise, so guidance and explanation by a skilled teacher such as Geshe Tenley is crucial to help us understand its meaning. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to delve into this philosophical text, which provides an essential balance to the study of the Lamrim or Stages of the Path to Enlightenment on Sunday mornings. Although our study of Grounds and Paths began in January 2020, all are welcome to join in.

Geshe Ngawang Tenley was born in Kham in eastern Tibet in 1969. He was ordained in 1990 and that year began the geshe study program at Sera Jey Monastic University. In November 2008, after eighteen years of rigorous studies, he was conferred the geshe degree.

Geshe Tenley began teaching at Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies in 2009 while his uncle, Geshe Tsultrim Chöpel (Geshe Tsulga) was the Resident Teacher. In 2010, following Geshe Tsulga’s passing, Geshe Tenley was appointed Resident Teacher by the Kurukulla Center Board of Directors, following the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

During his tenure, the Kurukulla Center has become a spiritual hub for both Western students and also people from a wide variety of local immigrant communities with Buddhist cultural and religious traditions. He has also developed strong connections with Buddhist leaders from the many different traditions in the Boston area.

Among his many activities, Geshe Tenley is a member of the Medford Interfaith Clergy Association and the International Association of Non-Sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions; he is the Spiritual Advisor for the Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit Association and serves as Buddhist chaplain for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.

Geshe Tenley is well-known for his approachability and kindheartedness. His extensive activities bring great joy and benefit to everyone he meets.