Mon-Fri 12am to 9pm

Class Series: Introductory Teachings on Emptiness


INTRODUCTORY: Open to all — no prior knowledge or experience required; no registration required however please see prerequisite information


WHEN: Series of 4 classes on Sundays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; please check Calendar to confirm


• May 7th and 21st, 2017

• June 4th and 18th, 2017


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




"All of the Buddha/s many teachings are aimed at attaining liberation from cyclic existence - with its endless movement from one life to another -- and achieving omniscience. Ignorance is the root of everything that stands in the way of these attainments. Ignorance binds us to suffering; therefore ignorance has to be clearly identified. To do so we must consider how this false quality of inherent existence appears to the mind, how the mind assents to it, and how the mind bases so many ideas on this fundamental mistake." (His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, "How to See Yourself As Your Really Are", Atria Books, 2006)


In this four part series, Ven. Tendrol introduces the Buddha's teaching on emptiness based on two books: "How to See Yourself As Your Really Are" by the Dalai Lama and "How Things Exist" by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The goal of the series is to identify the questions that the wisdom teachings address, to dispel common misconceptions, and to provide meditation exercises for cultivating insight.


Each session includes a presentation about the key concepts included in the wisdom teachings, discussion and Q&A, and guided analytical meditations. Much of the session will be devoted to meditation so that participants can develop confidence in launching a full-scale investigation into the nature of reality.


Since the chapters in the book build upon each other, please try to attend all the classes.


Drop-ins welcome but please try to do the readings; see below.


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How to See Yourself As You Really Are (His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Atria Books. 2006)

How Things Exist (Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. 1990)


The second book is available for free at the center; the first book is not available at the center. Consider purchasing from Amazon Smile! By selecting "Guhyasamaja Center" as your charity, a portion of your purchase will be donated to the center.




• Buddhism in a Nutshell (Ven. Amy Miller (editor). FPMT Education Publications. 2010); Copies are available at the center

An Open Heart (His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Back Bay Books. 2008)




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Suggested donations for both members and non-members are listed below, but please — give what you're comfortable with! 


Members: $8

Non-Members: $10


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The Guhyasamaja Center is affiliated with The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition; Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director


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We follow the Gelug tradition, the same lineage as His Holiness The Dalai Lama

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(703) 774-9692


The Guhyasamaja Center
Professional Center of Fairfax Building
10875 Main Street, Unit 108
Fairfax, VA (Directions)


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The Guhyasamaja Center

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Centreville, VA 20122 USA


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