Yangsi Rinpoche at LMB NEXT WEEK!
Land of Medicine Buddha is extremely excited to be hosting Yangsi Rinpoche – very soon – Rinpoche arrives this coming Wednesday!!
Our sincere thanks to Venerable George Churinoff, who did a fantastic job of beginning the FPMT Basic Program here at the Center and at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s request, Yangsi Rinpoche will continue this program. Rinpoche’s first teaching will be
Thursday 7th April at 7 p.m.
This is an extraordinary and unique opportunity! Yangsi Rinpoche is the reincarnation of one of Lama Yeshe's teachers and was educated at Kopan Monastery in Nepal and then Sera Je Monastery in South India. In 1995 Rinpoche graduated from Sera with highest honors as Geshe Lharampa, and then completed his studies at Gyume Tantric College. All this, and Rinpoche is only 37 years old now! Rinpoche is admired wherever he goes for his unique presentation of the traditional Buddhadharma in the context of modern cultures, and his evident embodiment of the qualities of loving kindness, compassion and wisdom that are the foundations of the Buddhist path. Yangsi Rinpoche has been living and teaching in America for six years now and is very familiar with the Western mind!
One of Yangsi Rinpoche's major teachings was at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, 2000, where he taught a two month Lam.rim Chen.mo retreat. These excellent teachings have been published as a book by Wisdom Publications, entitled "Practising the Path" (available in LMB’s Bookstore).
Rinpoche will be teaching “70 Topics” in English!
Do you know the way to enlightenment?
Find out the different levels of results attained along the path to enlightenment, like signposts showing our way... in 70 Topics.
This is an important study of the entire sutra path to enlightenment as presented in the “Ornament of Clear Realizations” (Abhisamayalamkara) including all the fundamental features of the basis, path and goal in the Mahayana.
(See end of this message for a talk about the benefits of studying the 70 Topics given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche)
And there’s more……..
Later in 2005/early 2006, Yangsi Rinpoche will be teaching and overseeing the development of Maitripa Institute, which will be offering an advanced level Buddhist Philosophy program based in Portland. This curriculum will be taught entirely in English, and will include Tibetan language study, meditation practice, and social service as parts of a unique syllabus designed by Yangsi Rinpoche to guide modern students of Buddhadharma to the understanding, mastery and realization of Buddhist philosophy.
This will be a four year program which will also form the basis for the eventual development of a fully functioning Buddhist University which will aim to provide broader undergraduate and graduate level educations in the Liberal Arts and professional fields, guided by the principles and practice of Buddhism.
(For those of you familiar with the seven year “Masters Program” recently completed at Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy – the above program at Maitripa Institute will be a similar program, but without the need for translation.)
So don’t miss this amazing opportunity
You never know, you might end up going on to complete the above four year program,
after a taste of Rinpoche’s teachings here at Land of Medicine Buddha!
Benefits of Studying 70 Topics (extracted from a talk given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to the Master Program students in Institute Lama Tsong Khapa, Italy )
“…Abhisamayalamkara directly shows the method, and indirectly, that is, in a hidden way, shows emptiness. By listening to these teachings on the prajnaparamita (the perfection of wisdom) – teachings that explain the ultimate nature – one collects more merit than from ten eons of practicing the five paramitas (perfections). That means ten eons of practicing the paramita of charity, the paramita of morality, the paramita of patience, and so on. In addition, ten eons of explaining the teachings on the perfection of wisdom to other sentient beings collects far greater merit than ten eons of listening to the teachings on the perfection of wisdom. Then, one second – the duration of a fingersnap – of meditating on emptiness collects far greater merit than ten eons of explaining the teachings on the perfection of wisdom to other sentient beings.
The more extensively you learn the teachings of Buddha, the broader your understanding of what are correct thoughts and what are mistaken thoughts. Therefore, when you practice, not only will you practice correctly without many hardships and much time, but you will also be able to achieve correct realizations quickly. The more extensive your understanding of Dharma, the more you will be of benefit to others. Each time one learns those Dharma words, it helps develop omniscient mind. It is a way to develop omniscient mind. Like that, every day, as we learn more meanings of words, we are creating omniscient mind. Thus, it is extremely worthwhile to learn Buddhism, especially to learn it in depth and extensively. Now, here, learning the Prajnaparamita is unbelievable. There is no way one can measure the benefit...”