THE WHEEL OF SHARP WEAPONS

 

TEACHINGS WITH GESHE LOBSANG KHEDUP

SATURDAYS, DECEMBER 1 – FEBRUARY, from 6-8pm

 

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is a powerful mind training (lojong) text attributed to the great yogi, Dharmarakṣita. He transmitted these teachings to Atiśa (982–1054) who subsequently established the lamrim and mind training teachings in Tibet.

The Tibetan term “lojong” (“lo” means “mind,” “thought,” or “attitudes” and “jong” means “training,” “habituation,” “cultivation,” or “cleansing”) designates teachings to transform unwholesome mental states into an abiding sense of well-being, our innate ability for neuroplasticity.

This text eloquently and poetically presents teachings on emptiness, bodhicitta, and the practice of the six perfections with particular emphasis on the nature and workings of karma:

Call him, call him, wrathful Yamantaka!
Beat him, beat him, pierce the heart of the enemy, Ego!
Roar and thunder on the head of the destroyer, false construction!
Mortally strike at the heart of the butcher, the enemy, Ego! (Verse 52)

We have a very precious opportunity to receive an extended commentary on this great text from a master, Geshe Lobsang Khedup of Sera Jey Monastic University. Geshe-la’s teachings will begin on December 1 and continue to the end of March. Come join us as we learn to recognize and defeat our real foes, profoundly reorienting our attitudes and experiences.

 

DATES AND TIMES

The series will begin on Saturday, December 1, from 6-8pm, and continue on Saturdays through February.

 

REGISTRATION

Please register below. You may also register at the door.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Never before have we had the opportunity to receive consistent, ongoing, in-depth teachings with a master for such an extended period. This is amazing!

With open hearts we would love to share the Dharma through these unique teachings with very low or no event fees. However, this special program entails significant expense, and we will need your financial support in order to achieve that goal. The budget below outlines the costs. Keeping in mind its rarity and exceptional benefits for infinite beings, this visit is in fact priceless.

Your financial support is deeply appreciated and makes events such as this possible. We sincerely hope that you will support and enable these teachings for everyone by becoming a sponsor. All donations are tax deductible.

Contributing to this program is a unique way to generate positive energy even if you are unable to attend. Checks are made payable to Shantideva Center and can be sent to Shantideva Center, 432 6th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215. Credit card donations can be made through the donation link below.

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With heartfelt appreciation for your generous support of the Dharma and Shantideva Center for the benefit of each and every sentient being.

Budget for Teachings With Geshe Khedup (November 2018–February 2019)

Teacher offerings: $1,620

Teacher travel: $600

Translator Offerings: $1,200

Total: $3,420

ABOUT THE TEACHER

Geshe Lobsang Khedup was born in Tawang, in the northeast of the state of Arunchal Pradesh, India. In 1987 he received formal admission to continue his studies at Sera Jey Monastic University where he completed 3 years of dus-ra (elementary Buddhist logic), 7 years of Pharchin (Paramita/Treasure of Knowledge), 4 years of Uma (Madhyamika/Middle Way), 4 years of Dulwa (Vinaya/Monastic Ethics), 4 years of Zod (Abhidharma/Phenomenology), and 2 years of debate. He earned the title of Geshe Tsokhram in Buddhist Philosophy in February, 2007. Later he studied several Tantra courses in Gyudmed Tantric Monastery. Geshe-la was a resident teacher at the Jamyang Choekhorling Monastery in Tawang and at the Khamlungpa and Bengungyal Centers of FPMT Mexico, 2011–14. He was then the disciplinary monk (teacher) at Sera Je Monastic University before being sent to the New York Tibetan community, resident at Sera Jey Buddhist Cultural Center.