When: Sundays, 10 am – 11:30 am, with questions welcomed from 11:30 am – 12 pm EST.
Please note the July schedule: Classes will be held on July 3, 17, and 31st. We will take breaks on July 10 and 24th.
The Essence of Refined Gold, by the Third Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso (1543-1588), is a beloved meditation manual of the Stages of the Path (Lam Rim) tradition. This text is written in the style of prompts for meditation, with brief beautifully evocative explanations on how to develop inner peace and happiness. Geshe la will explain the essential points of the text and lead meditations during the sessions. As always, we will conclude with time for questions so that students can seek advice on applying the principles to their own spiritual practice.
“When one realizes the intent of the Buddha, all his teachings will be seen as wise and skillful means for satisfying the diverse spiritual needs of the variety of beings.” -Essence of Refined Gold
A video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teaching on the Third Dalai Lama’s “Essence of Refined Gold” can be found here.
The text can be found here.
The updated Lam Rim study outlines emphasized by Geshe Sonam can be found here: LamRimOutlines.
Our programs are given freely, and we rely also on your generosity – this is the traditional and pure way of the Buddha Dharma. Offering support for the Dharma can be a limitlessly powerful act. This is the highest, most long-term form of generosity, which is to share with others the path to full awakening. When we support the Dharma we create causes for us to encounter the Dharma frequently, and we create the merit to be able to easily integrate the teachings in our minds. Offering support deepens our connection to Dharma teachers and connects us as a community.