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Sat, January 21, 2023


9:00 AM - 7:00 PM 


Dharma Day with Ven. Tenzin Gache & Marianne Richter



You can participate in person or via Zoom (see below). Registration not required.
Come join us for a day of Dharma with Venerable Tenzin Gache. Venerable Gache will be giving talks on the lay and bodhisattva vows. We will also be doing purification practices for a fresh start to the new year.

The Lay Vows:
The lay vows fall under the heading of individual liberation or pratimoksha vows. Taken by lay people and ordained monks and nuns, they are the basis for higher vows, such as bodhisattva and tantric vows, and they are the first vows taken by practitioners after taking refuge. The five basic vows are tied to actions of the body and closely linked with the ten non-virtues. They are:

1) to avoid taking life
2) to avoid taking that which has not been given
3) to avoid sexual misconduct
4) to avoid false speech
5) to avoid consuming intoxicants.

Also included in the category of pratimoksha vows are the many vows taken by ordained monks and nuns.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said, "The minute we take the vows (until death for pratimoksha vows, and until enlightenment for bodhisattva and tantric vows), day and night we collect merit all the time by living according to those vows." However, if you refrain from certain actions without having taken the vows, you do not accumulate the same merit.

The Bodhisattva Vows:
Every being has the potential for full enlightenment. But how do we generate the wish to become enlightened in order to bring all living beings to enlightenment? Venerable Gache will review the role of vows, specifically the bodhisattva vows, in the path to enlightenment.

The bodhisattva vows provide guidelines for the behavior of aspiring bodhisattvas, and enable us to practice the Mahayana path. This course will cover details of the eighteen root and forty-six secondary bodhisattva vows, and will also include an explanation of the four factors needed to break bodhisattva root vows, how bodhisattva vows are lost, how to keep your bodhisattva vows, how to restore your bodhisattva vows, and the benefits of keeping bodhisattva vows.

The schedule will be as follows–please feel free to join for as little or as much time as you can:

9:00 – 9:45 AM: Meditation and thirty-five buddhas practice with Marianne Richter
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Lay vows talk with Venerable Gache
12:00 – 1:00 PM: Vegetarian potluck lunch
1:00 – 1:45 PM: Vajrasattva practice with Marianne Richter
2:00 – 3:30 PM: Bodhisattva vows talk with Venerable Gache
3:30 – 4:00 PM: Tea break
4:00 – 6:30 PM: Bodhisattva vows talk with Venerable Gache
6:30 – 7:00 PM: Closing prayers

About Venerable Tenzin Gache:
Venerable Tenzin Gache grew up in Boston, graduating from Tufts University in 2005.

In 2006 he was ordained in Dharamsala by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and since that time has been studying at Sera Jey Monastery in South India. Currently he is in the fifteenth year of the standard nineteen-year geshe study program.

He translated his teacher Kyabje Choden Rinpoche’s book, Mastering Meditation: Instructions on Calm Abiding and Mahamudra, which was released in 2020, and he has recently completed a translation of Rinpoche’s teachings on the Six-Session Guru Yoga and the bodhisattva and tantric vows.

***We are looking for volunteers to help during the day - if you plan to attend and can volunteer, please let us know***
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Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/117525300?pwd=dkQ5MTk0Y1pKVmI1T2V4UkZsMFVNdz09

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