Spring Break 2021
No Sessions Until May 15, 20201
Lama Passang's 2021 teachings concluded on April 10, 2021
We practice Mahayana Buddhism in the Gelugpa lineage, which trains followers with methods to acquire the compassion, wisdom and skills to be of true help. To achieve this goal, we study and practice "Lam Rim," a series of sequential topics to be understood, contemplated, and finally actualized.
The Lam Rim topics are:
Lam Rim: Initial Stage
• Our Precious Human Life
• Death and Impermanence
• Refuge in the Three Jewels
• Karma: Actions and Effects
Lam Rim: Medium Stage
• The Four Noble Truths
• General Suffering of Samsara
• The Specific Sufferings of Samsara
• 12 Links of Dependent Origination
Lam Rim: Highest Stage
• Developing Equanimity
• Seeing All Beings as One's Mother
• Recalling The Kindness of Mothers
• The Kindness of All Others
• Equalizing Self and Other
• Exchanging Self and Other
• Tonglen: Taking and Giving
• Great Compassion & Bodhichitta
• Tranquil Abiding Mind
• Emptiness of Phenomena
• Selflessness of Persons
• Loving Kindness Meditation
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with Lama Passang Gelek
Lama Passang studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy at Drepung Loseling and received many teachings and empowerments from accomplished masters. In 1990 he entered the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Varnasi, where he studied Tibetan and Indian philosophy including Tibetan literature, English, and Sandskrit. He graduated Shastri and Acharya degrees, the equivalent of a Bachelors and Masters. He is fluent in Tibetan, Hindi, and English. Lama Passang became a US Citizen in 2011 and has been teaching translating.
Above - Geshe Lobsang Nima has twice visited our study group and has accepted to resume teaching in Spring, 2021. Details and Schedule TBA.
Geshe Nima was born in Kham, Tibet. He started his Buddhist studies and practices at Gaden Dhondup Ling monastery when he was thirteen years old. In 1992, he escaped from Chinese-occupied Tibet and joined Drepung Loseling monastery in India to pursue his Buddhist studies.
In 2010, he joined Gelgupa University and underwent all examinations to achieve his Geshe Lharampa doctoral degree in Buddhist philosophy. He was awarded his Geshe Lharampa degree in front of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Drepung Monastic University in 2015 and attend tantric studies at Gyuto Tantric College in Dharamsala, India.
In addition, Geshe Nima has served the monastic community in a variety of positions. He taught both undergraduate and graduate students at Drepung Loseling Monastic University. He also served as secretary of Drepung Loseling Educational Fund and editor of the Drepung Loseling monastic university journal, and School Principal for the academic studies academy at Drepung Loseling in Mungod.