Beginning Meditation on the Buddhist Path
With Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, spiritual director at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, MD!
FIVE FRIDAYS, APRIL 29th – MAY 27th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Sitting under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya for 40 days, the historical Buddha attained enlightenment through meditation. Through five sessions, Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will teach Buddhist philosophy and meditation, culminating with the optional opportunity to take Refuge, the ceremony through which one becomes a Buddhist.
In the first session, Khenpo Tsultrim will teach on the Four Noble Truths, followed by instruction and practice of meditation. These Truths – the truth of suffering, the truth of the causes of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering, and the truth of the path – are understood by Buddhists to be the central aspect of the Buddha’s teachings.
The next week, Khenpo will teach the Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma – a collection of meditations that encourage Buddhist practice and engage with Buddhist philosophy taught in the first session. The third week, Khenpo will teach about the importance of lovingkindness and compassion, as well as meditation that focuses on cultivating these virtues. Next, Khenpo will teach mindfulness and watchfulness within the context of calm-abiding meditation.
Finally, in the last week, Khenpo will teach on distinguishing Buddhism from non-Buddhism, looking closely at what aspects of practice are Buddhist and what are shared with other general meditation traditions. In this last class, Khenpo will provide the opportunity for those who wish to take Refuge, the formal ceremony of becoming a Buddhist. Throughout the course, Khenpo Tsultrim will field questions about Buddhism and meditation, and will emphasize the kinds of meditation practices used by great Buddhist meditators and yogis of the past and present. A small booklet of prayers, notes, and subjects to contemplate from the classes will be provided.
Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin is the spiritual director at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, MD. He serves as a representative to the Drikung International Council and as a representative of the Vajrayana Buddhist path to the International Buddhist Association of America. He is known for his profound insight and deep interest in scholarship, study, and practice without pretense, as well as for his understanding of Western students and eagerness to learn as well as teach. In addition to providing teaching and spiritual direction at Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, he frequently travels around the world giving teachings on Buddhist philosophy and practice.