When: Sundays, 10 am – 11:30 am, with questions welcomed from 11:30 am – 12 pm EST online.
***Please note there will be a break from our regular Sunday program on Sunday, February 19, and 26th.
Links to watch online, and information about how to register to attend the sessions in person (for a limited number of people due to the small size of our gompa) can be found below.
The King of Prayers, Samantabhadra’s Aspiration to Good Actions, is a profound prayer of aspiration sourced from the Gaṇḍavyūha chapter of the Avataṃsaka sūtra. The text is also a profound teaching on the immeasurably beneficial activities of bodhisattvas, those beings completely dedicated to the benefit of others. The beautiful verses reveal deep aspects of both the vast and profound paths of practice. The text is profoundly uplifting, encouraging practitioners with its description of the vast possibilities expressed in the Mahāyāna teachings. You can download the text translated by the FPMT here: The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra – The King of Prayers (transl. Jesse Fenton)
In addition, on each Sunday Geshe Sonam will introduce one or two verses from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Text In Praise of Dependent Arising, which explains the union of emptiness and dependent arising. You can learn more about this profound text by reading a short introduction by Lama Zopa Rinpoche here: Dependent Arising A Praise of the Buddha – Lama Tsongkhapa (Gavin Kilty)
Please register here to watch online. (this is a very simple and quick registration process by email),
A limited number of places are now available to attend the Sunday classes in person.
We are opening up our Sunday morning teachings for people to attend in person. Because our gompa is quite small we do need to limit the number of attendees and have created a first come first serve advanced registration system. The registration also includes a wait list, meaning for those days when someone comes onto the wait list prior to 72 hours of the event (3 days in advance) and that day has a frequent attendee, we will ask the frequent attendee to postpone their attendance. The 72 hours in advance gives everyone time to communicate.
Please self-screen for COVID prior to attending sessions in person at the Centre to protect Geshe Sonam, Khedrup la, and our sangha.
In-Person Registration for Each Date
If you have registered and cannot attend please cancel your registration to allow someone else to attend.
Having a system of ‘first come, first serve”, as well as a waitlist to rotate attendees is a bit complicated, but it is an attempt to be fair, so please be patient with the process.
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.