The Heart Sutra and *Bodhisattva Vows
 with H.E. Ling Rinpoche

Fri Apr 12, 7:30–9pm EDT

IN-PERSON & ONLINE

*Vows will only be given to those attending in-person.

We are deeply honored to welcome His Eminence Ling Rinpoche to Shantideva Center, who will teach on the Heart Sutra and give the Bodhisattva Vows for practitioners who wish to take them.

The Heart Sutra is one of the most beloved and renowned Buddhist teachings—memorized, chanted, and taught wherever the Buddha’s teachings are shared. It is a central text in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, belonging to a class of “the Perfection of Wisdom” (Prajñāpāramitā) teachings. This sutra describes the Buddha inspiring his young disciple Shariputra to ask Avalokiteshvara for advice on how to practice the profound perfection of wisdom, at precisely the moment when the bodhisattva was having a revelatory experience on the matter. In this sutra, it is explained how the five aggregates are empty of inherent nature, captured in one of its first lines, “form is emptiness; emptiness is form.”

It is said that the wisdom realizing emptiness is the only means by which we can remove the ignorance holding us back from enlightenment; and that to develop this wisdom we must listen, contemplate, and come to embody teachings like this one. To listen to teachings from His Eminence Ling Rinpoche on this most profound subject is an incredible opportunity to develop this awareness.

Like Shariputra, may we also experience this astounding, unbroken lineage of the living dharma with utmost sincerity and dedication. Teachings on the Heart Sutra will be followed by a rare chance to receive the Bodhisattva Vows from His Eminence Ling Rinpoche. The Bodhisattva Vows are a commitment to tirelessly undertake the welfare of all beings as one’s most precious aim—in this and in future lifetimes.

For up-to-date tour dates, please visit: https://www.lingrinpoche.info/schedule.php

Sponsorship

We rejoice in this rare opportunity to receive teachings on the Heart Sutra, and if in-person, the Bodhisattva Vows from His Eminence Ling Rinpoche. 

These teachings are a perfect occasion to practice generosity in the presence of an extraordinarily realized being and helps us cultivate the perfection of generosity. Your kind donations will be used to make offerings to His Eminence Ling Rinpoche and his attendants, other Sangha members, local transportation, A/V equipment, meals, flowers, and other expenses associated with this event, and to support general center needs.

Any level of sponsorship is most welcome and greatly appreciated!

If you offer $300 or more before March 31, we will reserve a seat for you as a thank you for your kind generosity.

Important Note

This is an in-person and online event. Please review our latest Covid-19 policy if you are attending in person. For online, the events will be administered using Zoom*.

H.E. Ling Rinpoche requests those attending his teachings online establish a proper motivation and participate in the teachings as if in person, without engaging in other activities during the sessions.

Bodhisattva Vows will only be given for those attending in-person.

After registering, the system automatically sends a confirmation and/or a receipt email that contains the Zoom meeting link and/or other instructions. If you don’t immediately receive the system email(s) or you have any other questions, please contact us at registration@shantidevanyc.org.

*Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

Registration / Schedule

Open: $1000, $500, $300, $108, $50, $35, $21, $10, Free

The suggested amount helps support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member benefits will apply automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

Everyone attending in-person must pre-register, due to capacity limitations in our gompa. We are deeply sorry that we cannot host everyone in-person who wishes to join. If registration is full, we invite you to join us online via Zoom to share in these teachings and blessings as a global community. Please check back for the latest information and details.

Shantideva Center may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By registering for this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. To further enhance anonymity, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using abbreviations.

Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)

For questions regarding registration, please email registration@shantidevanyc.org for assistance.

Additional Materials

The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Link to FPMT Store)

Recording

Recording is available to registered students for personal use, and not for dissemination including on social media. Please email registration@shantidevanyc.org to request access if needed. 

Dana for the Teacher

Shantideva Center makes offerings to our teachers and facilitators using the funds collected through registration. You can give additional support to the teacher or facilitator and create a stronger karmic connection by offering dana. Please make sure to select the teacher’s or facilitator’s name in the dropdown menu. Dana offered is passed entirely to them, but please note that it is not tax-deductible.

About the Teacher

His Eminence Ling RinpocheHis Eminence the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was born in India on November 18, 1985.  When he was 18 months old, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of his Senior Tutor and “my Root Guru,” the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who passed away in 1983. The 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche accompanied His Holiness when he fled into exile from Tibet in 1959.The 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche was the most renowned and qualified master of the 20th century and his many students included Lamas, Tulkus, and Geshes from all the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism – he was also the 97th Gaden Throne Holder – the supreme head of the Gelugpa tradition.Beginning with Charka the Arhat Udhay during the time of Lord Shakyamuni Buddha, twenty previous incarnations of His Holiness the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche have been identified, including Tutors to His Holiness the 6th, 11th, and 13th Dalai Lamas; the 48th and 75th Gaden Throne Holders; as well as kings, yogis, scholars, and lay adepts prominent in the spiritual histories of India and Tibet.His Eminence the 7th Ling Rinpoche has completed all five Geshe Studies subjects (Logic, Perfection of Wisdom, Middle Way, Higher Knowledge, and Monastic Discipline) and was awarded his Geshe degree from Drepung Loseling Monastic University in South India in November 2016.  In 2018, he completed a year of further studies at Gyuto Trantric College in Dharamsala. His Holiness the Dalai Lama continues to closely guide him.  In 1991, His Eminence Ling Rinpoche gave his first teaching in South Korea.  Since then he has given teachings and tantric initiations in many countries throughout Asia, Europe, Canada, the United States, Israel, Australia, and Mongolia as well as Tibetan settlements throughout India and Nepal. For more information about His Eminence Ling Rinpoche and his upcoming tour, please visit his website: //lingrinpoche.info/