SAVE THE DATE! We are so delighted that visiting teacher Geshe Sherab will be returning once more in February. Geshe-la as kindly agreed to visit each year and provide commentary on one of the most treasured texts of Mahayana Buddhism: Shantideva’s “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’. Venerable Geshe Sherab will be continuing with Chapter two and three. Please pencil these dates into your calendar and stay tuned for more information regarding venue and times.
What is a Bodhisttva? A Bodhisattva in “The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life” is someone who is striving for Bodhi (wisdom of the ultimate nature of reality) as a remedy for the suffering of all beings through being a Sattva (someone motivated by universal compassion).
Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1967 in a small village in the province of Manang, the western part of Nepal, to a Kagyu-Nyingma family. He entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine and completed his Geshe studies at Sera Je monastery in South India, followed by a year at Gyumed Tantric College. He then completed retreat and teaching assignments both in the U.S. and Asia. He served as Head Master of Kopan Monastery’s school for four years, overseeing debate training and tantric training activities. Geshe Sherab understands and connects very well with Western students, presenting the Dharma in an accessible, warm, and open manner. Geshe Sherab taught and helped in FPMT International Office for two and a half years in Taos, New Mexico, from 2001-2003, and also served as Director of the FPMT Board for a few years. After he returned to Nepal from the United States, Geshe-la was in retreat for a year and was then appointed as Head Master of Kopan. For the last few years, he has been traveling and teaching at FPMT Centers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Asia and Europe. ... See MoreSee Less
If you have a bad motivation and your actions of body, speech and mind are harmful for others, you make others create negative karma when they retaliate by harming you in return. By harming others you therefore cause them to be reborn in the lower realms; to lose their human rebirth and take a lower rebirth and suffer for eons. Can you imagine yourself being in the lower realms? That’s where you’re causing other sentient beings to go and have unhappiness instead of enjoyment.