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Wed, December 02, 2020


7:00 - 9:00PM 


VIRTUAL CLASS: Commentary on Preliminary Prayers 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:Tonight, Geshe Tenley continues teaching on the preliminary prayers recited at Kurukulla Center before teachings with an explanation of the Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa (Gandän Lha Gyäma) or “Hundred Deities of Tushita”. This is a Guru Yoga practice composed by Dulnagpa Palden Zangpo, a student of one of Lama Tsongkhapa’s disciples, Gyu Sherab Senggye. This practice is considered highly effective for eliminating obstacles - including the inner obstacles of the delusions and the outer obstacles of harm, whether from other living beings, the elements, or disease. Guru Yoga connects us to our teacher/guru and serves to plant the seeds for us to gain realizations along the path. The practice involves visualization and chanting, and contains the very beneficial seven-limb prayer of prostrating, offering, confessing, rejoicing, requesting the guru to continue teaching Dharma, requesting the guru to have a long life, and dedication, which helps us collect extensive merit.

All are welcome to join in.

The prayers can be found in Kurukulla Center Prayer book beginning on page 7.

Here is a link to Lama Zopa Rinpoche explaining the benefits of the practice.


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 2005 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.