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In Depth Program 2024 Lamrim Chenmo mod 8 (cont’d)

1 May @ 9:30 am - 2 May @ 4:30 pm AEST

$1.00

THE GRADUATED PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT

ALL OUR MODULES THROUGHOUT 2024 WILL FOCUS ON JE TSONGKHAPA’S MAJOR WORK – THE LAMRIM CHENMO

MODULE 8 – TWO WEEKS – 24TH APRIL TO 2ND MAY 2024

What distinguishes it [the Lamrim]… is its scope and clarity. It expounds the entire path from the way one should rely on a spiritual teacher, which is the very root, right up to the attainment of buddhahood, which is the final fruit. The various stages of the path are presented so clearly and systematically that they can be easily understood and are inspiring to put into practice.” 

His Holiness Dalai Lama

The most important thing is the continuity of developing your mind in the lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment. It doesn’t matter if you are in Africa, Tibet, on the moon, in Iraq or wherever, whether you are rich or poor: continue to develop your mind in the lamrim. That is the most important thing.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

As part of FPMT’s Basic Program, we study the subject ‘Stages of the Path’ and Geshe Tsultrim has chosen to do this through the study of Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo. This extensive text covers the entire path to enlightenment according to the Middle Way Consequence School, from guru devotion all the way to calm abiding and special insight (and an introduction to the paths of tantra).

When we talk about Lamrim, we mean the entire path to ultimate happiness laid out in graded steps. This is what this subject of our Basic Program covers!

Yes, this is huge but when we break it into the graduated stages, it becomes a beautiful process through which we can transform our ordinary mind, bringing it into a state of love and joy, which extends to all beings. Often we are offered short courses which give us a very valuable overview, but now unbelievably we have the opportunity to really examine, to delve into the details, and to get a real understanding – perhaps even realisations!

In 2023 we already completed 6 modules of this extensive teaching, and have worked through the stages of the path shared with the beings of the lower and middle scopes. Now, in 2024, Geshela will focus on stages of the path of the being of the highest scope, and in particular the study of the six perfections through which the goal is to attain complete enlightenment, the state of a Buddha, in order to be able to help all sentient beings in the best possible way. We will study the paths of a bodhisattva. 

Through meditation, teachings and Q&A sessions with Geshela, and tutorials with one of our most senior students, Judy Bowey, you will hopefully gain a clear understanding of these life-changing ideas, enabling you to integrate that wisdom into your own way of thinking, transforming your experience.

Although of course it is best to attend all the modules of this extensive and wonderful text, it is fine to join in at any point. Each module will contain material on particular Lamrim topics that will be beneficial for you, and we’ll be happy to make all materials from earlier modules available to those who’d like to catch up.

We do need to make it clear that this is part of our In Depth Program (read all about this here), but this subject in particular is more suitable for less experienced students than some others. Please contact the coordinator on bsp@chenrezig.com.au if you’d like to discuss this further.

About our Teacher:

Our resident Tibetan teacher, Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim is immensely popular for the warmth and the approachable way in which he presents the teachings and inspires our community. He became a monk at Sera Je Monastery in India, where he was awarded his Geshe degree (the equivalent of a doctorate in Buddhist studies) in 2005. He began teaching at Chenrezig Institute in 2014 after being specifically chosen for our community by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Geshe Tsultrim has a warm-hearted, caring and practical approach to teaching Dharma. He has been the resident Geshe at Chenrezig Institute since 2014 and since then, he has taught Dharma both formally in the Gompa, and by the example he sets amongst the community.

Geshela is a devoted student of Je Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa and teaches from his own heart experience – a beautiful experience!

 

Geshela’s teachings will be interpreted by Ven Lobsang Dorje who is kindly working on zoom for us from Atisha Centre.

Ven. Dorje grew up in South Africa. He ordained in 2003 and lived and studied at Nalanda Monastery in France and Instituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy, before moving to India in 2010. After studying Tibetan at Sera Monastery for three years, he graduated from the FPMT’s translator programme in Dharamsala in 2014. He has been translating at Atisha Centre in Bendigo since 2016. 

Ven Dorje soon developed a close relationship with Geshe Tsultrim and we are very grateful for their happy partnership.

 

The text referred to will be

Lamrim Chenmo: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volumes 123 by Je Tsongkhapa (in 2024 we shall mostly refer to Volume 2)

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide copies of this text but there are copies of all three volumes in our library for in-house students to borrow while they are at the centre and hard copies may be ordered through our bookshop. Digital copies are available through Amazon.com.

For those keen to prepare ahead, you can find a list of some of the many texts written on Lamrim here. Some of these books are available from our library and some are in our bookshop – others may be accessed in digital form.

It is wonderful to actually stay at the centre to study with other students and to engage in the other activities here, so we are offering a special deal to students wishing to come to the centre for these two days. Accommodation for Advanced Program students who have committed to follow at least one module in full will be offered at a reduced rate (20% off) for Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday nights.

Beds will be limited so please contact info@chenrezig.com.au as early as possible to arrange this.

REGISTRATION

IMPORTANT NEW PRICING INFORMATION BELOW

The full recommended contribution for this 2-week module will be offered at $120 BUT:

Anyone will be welcome to register for a module of BP for a minimum contribution of only $1.

A contribution of $60 will be most welcome…

A contribution of $90 will cover our basic costs

Your generous contribution of $120 will cover costs and assist us to continue to offer the precious dharma to all, often completely free of charge.

Therefore when you register on the website, you will be able to choose just what you are comfortable to pay, from $1 to $120 (or more if you so wish)

There is absolutely no benefit in anyone not attending because of financial considerations. Never let finances get in the way of your listening to the Dharma, but please donate what you can to enable Chenrezig Institute to continue to offer these teachings at the centre and online.

Sangha are invited to attend our courses free of charge but are always requested to register.

If you can, please consider offering more than the recommended contribution – this will help us cover costs while assisting students who are financially challenged to attend.

Please register nice and early and PLEASE don’t leave it until the day we start! Some people don’t receive the zoom, youtube and dropbox links in time and there is a last minute panic!

Registration is possible for attendance in person or online.

Note: When you are planning to register to attend online, please read the attached information and requests for the benefit of our students and volunteers: Information for online participants

 

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Details

Start:
1 May @ 9:30 am AEST
End:
2 May @ 4:30 pm AEST
Cost:
$1.00
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Chenrezig Institute Gompa and Online
33 Johnsons Rd
Eudlo, QLD 4554 Australia
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749947
Zoom Meeting ID (if applicable)
825 3001 7152
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