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Illuminating the Perfection of Wisdom with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

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Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa teaching on Chapter 6
of Chandrakirti's Entering the Middle Way
(A Teaching on the Wisdom Realizing Emptiness)

 

INTERMEDIATE: Most suitable for practicing Buddhists and non-Buddhists already familiar with foundational Buddhist concepts; no registration required

 

WHEN: Schedule below; please check Calendar to confirm

 

• September 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 2018; 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
• September 9th, 2018; 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

NOTE: Rinpoche will lead a Lama Chopa with Tsog after the class on Wednesday. All are welcome to attend and/or bring offerings for the Tsog (fruits, crackers, etc)

 

WHERE: The Guhyasamaja Center, 10875 Main Street, Unit 108, Fairfax, VA

 

TEACHER: Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa

 

This will be a remarkable and rare opportunity for those deeply interested in Buddhist philosophy and practice to study this extremely important text with a great, living master of this tradition....

 

Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche has agreed to teach for 5 days at Guhyasamaja Center this September on Chapter 6 of Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara (Supplement to The Middle Way). Chapter 6 is by far the longest chapter of the text which covers the perfection of wisdom. This chapter is considered to be the most important text explaining the view of emptiness—the ultimate nature of reality—according to the Prasangika Madhyamaka (Middle Way Consequentialist) philosophical tradition of which Chandrakirti is considered to be the founder. Tibetan Buddhist scholars consider Chandrakirti's explanation of Nagarjuna's philosophy of emptiness in this text to most accurately and definitively express the ultimate intent of the Buddha with regard to emptiness. Rinpoche has agreed to go through the text slowly, basing his teachings on Lama Tsongkhapa's profound commentary, Illumination of Thought.

 

Chandrakirti was one of the great Buddhist yogi-philosophers of the famed Nalanda Monastic University of India. Tibetan teachers in general, and Lama Tsongkhapa in particular, consider this text of Chandrakirti's to present the view of middle way philosophy—of emptiness—in an utterly definitive and clear way. Monks of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions study this text as part of their monastic curricula, and monks of the Gelugpa tradition including Khensur Rinpoche himself spend years studying and meditating on this very text as part of their Geshe studies program. This will be Rinpoche's first time giving an in-depth commentary on this text in the West.

 

Logistics: Guhyasamaja Center does not own any residential property. The teachings will take place within the center, but participants will have to reside outside of the center. We provide a list of nearby motels/rental options below. Parking is limited as we share the building with various other businesses who are busy on weekdays. So, please park in the free, open street parking on Hallman Street or Poplar Street just by the center. Lunch breaks will provide time to get lunch on your own or with fellow students. There are many restaurants within walking distance of the center (and many more that are a short drive away).

 

Intermediate/Advanced Class: Please note that this class is on subject matter suitable to intermediate and advanced students of Buddhism. It is, for example, suitable for students who have gone through the Discovering Buddhism program at our center or who have engaged in Basic Program classes like those currently being taught on Lama Tsongkhapa's Middle Length Lamrim at the center. Students who are new to Buddhism and have not engaged in some previous study of Buddhist philosophy will likely find the material challenging. Also, we advise making a strong effort to attend the full retreat as doing so will naturally make understanding this philosophical material much easier than attending only a portion of the retreat. However, if you can only attend part of the retreat then you are welcome to do so. Center director, Lorne Ladner, PhD, will lead a single "Review Session" in the month leading up to the retreat, in which he'll review key points from Rinpoche's teaching last year on chapters 1-5 of Chandrakirti's text and present some general points about the Prasangika perspective on emptiness which is the main focus of chapter 6.

 

Costs: Guhyasamaja Center does not charge for Dhama teachings, and so there are no set fees for attending these 5 days of teachings. We ask that attendees offer to the center whatever amount they can afford. However, the center is only able to continue existing through your generous donations. It's only through donations that we are able to cover our expenses which include the mortgage on the property, electricity, property taxes, building fees, etc. And for this event we must also cover our offering to Khensur Rinpoche; offering to the translator; travel costs; copies; coffee/tea/snacks; etc.
Some who attend have asked for a range of suggested donation amounts. For the full retreat, we suggest $270-$350 for non-members and $200-$300 for members. Donations can be made prior to or during the event itself. If you donate prior to the event, please specify that it's for this event.

 

Sponsors:

We are also looking for sponsors for the event to help us cover the costs. If you wish to be a sponsor for the event, please bring this to the attention of our center director, Lorne Ladner, Ph.D. You can email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Two Levels of Event Sponsor:

 

1. Donate $650: Join us for a lunch out with Khensur Rinpoche at a local Indian restaurant paid for by the center. Receive preferential seating. Also receive hard copies of Chapter 6 of Chandrakirti's text of this chapter and of Lama Tsongkhapa's extensive commentary to it or a PDF copy in advance of the teachings if you prefer. (Note: to receive your copy of Chapter 6 of Lama Tsongkhapa's text you must inform Lorne Ladner of your sponsor status before noon on Friday, August 31.)

2. Donate $1,000: Participate in making the mandala offering to Khensur Rinpoche at the beginning or end of this cycle of teachings. Join us for a lunch out with Khensur Rinpoche at a local Indian restaurant paid for by the center. Receive preferential seating. Also receive hard copies of Chandrakirti's text of this chapter and of Lama Tsongkhapa's extensive commentary to it or a PDF version in advance of the teachings if you prefer. (Note: to receive your hard copy of Chapter 6 of Lama Tsongkhapa's text you must inform Lorne Ladner of your sponsor status before noon on Friday, August 31.)

 

Copies of Texts: We will have a number of hard copies of Chapter 6 of Chandrakirti’s root verses available for people. We request that those taking a copy make a donation to the center to help cover costs of copying them. Chandrakirti’s root verses for Chapter 6 are 20-25 pages in length. We’ll also have a sign up sheet on the first day of the teachings to receive a pdf version of this text via email.

The other text that Rinpoche will likely be using as a basis for his commentary is Lama Tsongkhapa’s Illumination of Thought. FPMT has produced an unpublished translation of this text for students at centers where the text is being studied. We will prepare bound copies of Chapter 6 of this text in advance for event sponsors (see just above.) (Chapter 6 alone of this text is roughly 230 pages). We will not be making copies of this text for anyone other than event sponsors. For everyone else, there will be a sign up sheet on the first day of class to receive a pdf of the full text via email.

 

Housing Options for Out of Town Participants:

The center will do what it can to reach out to local members who may have space to offer to out of town participants. However, we cannot guarantee housing as the center doesn't own residential property.

One relatively inexpensive housing option is airbnb.com which seems to offer rooms at rate of around $45 per night.

 

Below is a list of hotels under $90 a night within 9 miles of the center:

 

Comfort Inn University Center $85 11180 Main St, Fairfax, VA, 22030, 855-239-9246

Best Western Fairfax $89; 3535 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Lee Highway Inn $80; 9865 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA, 22030, 866-209-9122

Rodeway Inn $67; 9700 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA, 22031, 866-209-9122

Extended Stay America -Fairfax $85; 12104 Monument Dr, Fairfax, VA, 22033, 800-658-6760

Vienna Wolf Trap Hotel $59; 430 Maple Ave. West, Vienna, VA, 22180, 866-209-9122

Extended Stay America - Centreville $85; 5920 Fort Dr, Centreville, VA, 20121, 800-658-6760

Extended Stay America- Chantilly $72; 14420 Chantilly Crossing Ln, Chantilly, VA, 20151, 800-658-6760

Days Inn Manassas $55; 7611 Centreville Road, Manassas, VA, 20111, 855-238-1590

 

Suggested Readings:

For those who wish to do some reading in advance on the topic of emptiness, here are a few ideas for books you may find of value....

 

Introductory:

How to See Yourself as You Really Are

Introduction to Emptiness

Echoes of Voidness

Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness

Transcendent Wisdom

Emptiness: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought

 

Intermediate:

Emptiness Yoga

Meditation on Emptiness

Unique Tenets of Buddhist Philosophy

Steps on the Path to Enlightenment: Volume 5: Insight

 

Advanced:

Maps of the Profound

Tsongkhapa's Final Exposition of Wisdom

Self Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy

Ocean of Reasoning

Unique Tenets of the Middle Way Consequence School

Books Containing Translations of Chandrakirti's Madhyamakavatara

The Emptiness of Emptiness

Introduction to the Middle Way

 

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SUGGESTED DONATION

 

Guhyasamaja Center does not charge for Dhama teachings, and so there are no set fees for attending these 5 days of teachings. We ask that attendees offer to the center whatever amount they can afford. However, the center is only able to continue existing through your generous donations. It's only through donations that we are able to cover our expenses which include the mortgage on the property, electricity, property taxes, building fees, etc. And for this event we must also cover our offering to Khensur Rinpoche; offering to the translator; travel costs; copies; coffee/tea/snacks; etc.
Some who attend have asked for a range of suggested donation amounts.

 

Members: $200-$300 for all teachings

Non-Members: $270-$350 for all teachings
 

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