A MARVELOUS RAIN OF TEACHINGS: NAGARJUNA WEEK!

WITH GESHE THUBTEN SHERAB


Friday, March 1 – Tuesday, March 5


Nagarjuna (150 C.E.–250 C.E.) is often referred to as “the second Buddha.” He was a brilliant Buddhist scholar, a professor at Nalanda University, a medical doctor, and an alchemist. Nagarjuna is renowned for his innovative presentation of Buddhist philosophy and is specially acclaimed for his teachings on metaphysics. A founder of the Madhyamika (Middle Way) school, he also developed the profound Perfection of Wisdom philosophy. Unparalleled in clarity, concision, and depth, Nagarjuna’s works are infinitely-faceted jewels of Buddhism.

We are incredibly fortunate that Geshe Sherab will teach three exceptional texts from Nagarjuna’s literary corpus, illuminating the essence of the Buddhist path:

Public Talk: Stressed? A Formula For Flourishing

Friday, March 1 from 7 to 9pm

From the three the two originate,
And from the two the seven come,
From seven the three come once again—
Thus the wheel of existence turns and turns.
– Nagarjuna, Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination (v. 70)

No, this is not crazy math; rather it is an extremely concise explanation for the cycle of stress and frustration we experience every day.

Geshe Sherab will teach from the Verses on the Heart of Dependent Origination (Pratītyasamutpādahṝdayakārika) by Nagarjuna to elaborate on how all our experiences arise from their related causes and conditions. We will gain a deeper understanding of our habitual psychological processes that keep us trapped in a cycle of stress. And most importantly, we will understand how to thrive and flourish.

 

EVENT FEE

Friday evening: $20 
Shantideva Members: $18

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact [email protected].)

 

REGISTRATION

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Weekend Teachings: Searching For Eudaimonia?

Saturday, March 2- Sunday, March 3 from 10am to 5pm 

A happy mind is tranquil indeed;
A tranquil mind is not confused;
To have no confusion is to understand the truth;
By understanding the truth one attains freedom.
– Nagarjuna, A Commentary On The Awakening Mind (v. 70)

The Greek word Eudaimonia (literally “the state of having a good indwelling spirit”) refers to a state of optimal flourishing and well being that is independent of circumstances. From a Buddhist perspective, the components of Eudaimonia encompass both: insight into the nature of reality and unbiased compassion for all beings.

With profound insight and wisdom, Geshe Sherab will guide us through A Commentary on the Awakening Mind (Bodhicittavivaraṇa) by Nagarjuna so that we can cultivate tranquility and awaken (bodhi) to the actual nature of existence. This is a rare opportunity to find the way to Eudaimonia with an exceptional scholar and master! Please join us!

 

EVENT FEE

Weekend Teachings: $100, $50 each day 

Shantideva Members: $90, $45 each day

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact [email protected].)

 

REGISTRATION

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The Buddha: Peerless Role Model

Tuesday, March 2 from 7 to 9pm

You I shall praise, who first awakened the mind of enlightenment,
Then completed the accumulations of merit and wisdom,
And now in this age, through the vast sway of your actions,
Have become the lord and protector of living beings.
– Nagarjuna, Praise of the Twelve Deeds of the Buddha (v. 1)

Shakyamuni Buddha (563–483 BC), the founder of Buddhism, was born Prince Siddhartha of the Shakya clan in Lumbini, North India. The inspirational text In Praise of the Twelve Deeds of the Buddha (Dvādaśakāranāmastotra) by Nagarjuna describes how the young prince resolved to find a solution to pervasive stress and frustration, and through his unwavering efforts awakened to the nature of reality, becoming the “Buddha” (the “awakened one”).

Geshe Sherab will explain the amazing qualities and accomplishments of the Buddha, and how we all have the same potential to awaken and abide in tranquil, joyful minds. Please join the Buddhas-in-training club!

 

EVENT FEE

Tuesday evening: $20 
Shantideva Members: $18

(Member discounts will be applied automatically if you have transferred your membership to MindBody. If you need assistance doing this, please contact [email protected].)

 

REGISTRATION

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ABOUT THE TEACHER

Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1967 in a small village in the province of Manang, the western part of Nepal, to a Kagyu-Nyingma family. He entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine and completed his geshe studies at Sera Je monastery in South India, followed by a year at Gyumed Tantric College. He then completed retreat and teaching assignments in the United States and Asia. Geshe Sherab served as headmaster of Kopan Monastery’s school for four years, overseeing debate training and tantric training activities. Geshe-la taught and helped in the FPMT International Office for two and a half years in Taos, New Mexico (2001–03) and also served as director of the FPMT board for a few years. For the last few years, Geshe-la has been traveling and teaching at FPMT Centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia, and Europe.