Ven George will teach 18 month Extensive Commentary on the Middle Way

Shantideva Center in NYC is very excited to be offering an in depth study of the Middle Way with Venerable George Churinoff!

Title: An Extensive Commentary on the Middle Way: Based on Chandrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way and Lama Tsong Khapa’s Illuminating the Intent

Timings: Saturdays 1:00-2:45pm EDT (optional after class discussion group).

Dates: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30 (8 Sessions)

The final length of the course is fluid. It will depend on the amount of detail students wish as well as the health of the teacher, holidays and other intangibles. Registration dates will be offered for a series of, approximately, 8-week units.

Course Description:

If one does not possess the wisdom realizing reality,

Even though renunciation and bodhicitta are cultivated,

The root of cyclic existence cannot be cut. So,

Therefore, strive in the means to realize dependent arising.

(From Lama Tsong Khapa’s Three Principals of the Path)

To achieve enlightenment, the ultimate aim of oneself and others, it is not sufficient to have fully developed pure renunciation of samsara and the altruistic intention to achieve enlightenment. One definitely needs to have realized the ultimate truth of all phenomena, emptiness. 

The correct understanding of emptiness, the fact that all phenomena are dependent arisings and hence empty of inherent existence, was taught by the Buddha and subsequently clarified by Arya Nagarjuna as the Middle Way (Madhyamaka). 

Chandrakirti provided access into Nagarjuna’s teachings with his Auto-commentary to Entering the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara-bhashya) and Lama Tsong Khapa clarified those very instructions in his Illuminating the Intent of the Middle Way (dbu ma gong pa rab gsal).

This course will be a detailed discourse on the Middle Way by means of these two texts. The course will be taught over many months by the American born Buddhist monk, George Churinoff (Gelong Thubten Tsultrim). 

Venerable George received extensive teachings on Chandrakirti’s and Lama Tsong Khapa’s texts from several Tibetan masters including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Geshe Jampa Gyatso, Geshe Palden Dragpa and others. 

Venerable George further translated the entirety of Chandrakirti’s Auto-commentary over more than four years and edited the extensive commentary on Illuminating the Intent given by Geshe Sopa during five one month summer courses. 

Participants should ideally have a foundation of the stages of the Buddhist path, a motivation to study this text for the ultimate benefit of others, and a determination to follow the course in its entirety.

As the duration of the course is uncertain, registration dates will be offered for an approximately 8-week series, with future dates to be announced based on Venerable George’s schedule.

Note: After Venerable Churinoff’s class, students are invited to participate in an optional self-organized weekly discussion session. This is to enhance our wisdom which arises from analysis, reflection and discussion.

Recommended Text

Illuminating the Intent: An Exposition of Candrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way by Je Tsongkhapa,translated by Thupten Jinpa.

Prayers for Ven George Churinoff and Arunas Antanaitis

From Lama Yeshe Ling in Canada:

Prayers to TaraJoin Dekyi-lee Oldershaw and friends in prayers to Arya Tara. Dedications will be made for the well-being of our friend and director Arunas Antanaitis, for all those on our prayer list, as well as for any names of those given during the session.Every other Tuesday, starting Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 5:30 pm EST
Overcome Obstacles with Tara Practice
Prayers to Medicine BuddhaJoin us every Friday for our online prayer group meeting. We will check in with each other and then cultivate the most beneficial intentions and energies with Medicine Buddha visualization and mantra. We will be making special dedications for our centre director, Arunas Antanaitis, all who are on our prayer list, as well any names participants wish to bring to the session. These sessions will be led by Dave Gould. 
Fridays, starting November 26, 2021, 12:30-1:00 pm ESTHealing and Success with Medicine Buddha

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Teaching from Kopan

These are challenging times with Covid 19, it brings many serious challenges to everyone, like the world has never seen before. It is important we support our FPMT family as much as we can.

This is the reason that Rinpoche is offering these regular teachings, lungs and transmissions by video. They are to protect us, as well as to help us “use” the situation! make it positive, transform it into Dharma. Help us to “use” the situation to our own and others’ advantage, not leaving the teachings just as theory, but to actually put into practice the teachings of the Buddha.

Rinpoche is teaching every other day on compassion, emptiness and lojong. Rinpoche is  helping  us see how the Dharma gives us the ability to deal with these huge challenges we face. To see how the Dharma gives us the strength, clarity and compassion to manage these difficult circumstances. Rinpoche’s teachings comes from His own deep experience of the Dharma, which inspires  our own minds and gives us the  strength and courage we all need in these difficult times.

“Resources for the Coronavirus Pandemic” page

In these challenging and anxious times, FPMT International Office offers our prayers and best wishes to all who are navigating uncertainty and change during the coronavirus pandemic. 

We have created a page of resources and advice related to this crisis in order to make it as easy as possible for you to find recommended practices, prayers, online study and practice resources, and news about Lama Zopa Rinpoche and from around the FPMT organization.

This page will be updated as new advice and news become available and should be consulted as an up-to-date resource for Dharma practice during the time of this pandemic.

Geshe Thubten Sherab’s US Teaching Tour

Last four dates before Geshe Sherab returns to Thubten Norbu Ling in New Mexico!

 

March 29 – April 5, Ocean of Compassion

April 5 – 12, Land of Medicine Buddha

April 12 – 19, Osel Shen Phen Ling

April 19 – 26, Lama Yeshe House

Check the center websites for more information here!