Date(s) - May 15, 2020 - May 17, 2020
The Way of the Bodhisattva
Teachings on Compassion and Wisdom
with Tergar Senior Lama Khenpo Kunga
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
This event has been postponed due to COVID-19 virus concerns. We will soon be announcing a webpage on Tergar.org for ongoing updates and support for practitioners at this challenging time. Stay tuned!
The Bodhicharyavatara, also known as the Bodhisattva’s Way, written by Shantideva more than 1200 years ago, is one of the central works of Tibetan Buddhism.
The text explains the central aspects of compassion and wisdom in Buddhism and shows how we can develop affection, joy and fearlessness in ourselves and towards others.
Compassion means helping all beings to discover their awakened nature. Wisdom stands for the recognition of pure awareness and the resulting inner peace in ourselves. In Tibetan Buddhism, compassion and wisdom are often depicted figuratively as the two wings of a bird – to be able to fly, he needs both equally.
The study and practice of Bodhicharyavatara is cultivated in all schools of Tibetan buddhism. The text is considered a standard work and suitable for all practitioners – regardless of whether they are at the beginning of dharma study or have many years of practice. The text captivates with the profound simplicity of its teachings and its power to open the heart and transform the mind.
Khenpo Kunga will teach the text through a commentary by Patrul Rinpoche, giving many practical hints on how we can translate the teaching into daily life.
This program is suitable for anyone interested in Buddhism, including both beginners and advanced students.
Khenpo Kunga became a monk at a young age and began his education at Tergar monastery, where he studied the rituals, prayers, and other traditional practices of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. At fifteen, he entered an extended meditation retreat and spent three years mastering the profound contemplative practices of the Kagyü lineage. Following this period of intense meditation practice, he entered the renowned Dzongsar monastic college near Dharamsala in Northwest India. After studying there for eleven years and receiving his Khenpo degree (roughly equivalent to a PhD), he taught at Dzongsar college for three additional years. Khenpo Kunga’s primary teacher is Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, though he has studied with many other revered masters as well. In recent years, Khenpo Kunga has taught in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States as one of the main teachers for the worldwide network of Tergar monasteries, meditation centers, and meditation groups. His way of teaching is characterized by warm-heartedness, profound knowledge and his naturally open nature.
Friday, May 15, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tergar Meditation Community Madison
301 S Blount St, Suite 104
Madison, WI 53703
Parking is available during the class in the parking lot for 301 S. Blount St. and in the MG&E lot just north of our building, on the other side of the railroad tracks. There is also street parking nearby. Note that street parking in the area is limited to two hours on Saturdays.
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Base fee: $175
Sponsorship rate: $225
For those on a limited income: $100
If your ability to pay makes it difficult to attend this program, we will make every effort to make attendance possible. Please contact us at email@example.com.
We strive to offer programs like this one as broadly as we can, regardless of ability to pay. Please consider adding an additional donation during registration or at the event to help share these teachings with as many people as possible.
We make final arrangements for weekend events 10 days before the event start day. If you cancel after May 5, there will be a $25 administration fee.
Additional information about the schedule, dining options, seating, etc. will be sent out one week prior to the event.
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