Mon-Fri 12am to 9pm

A Weekend of Mind-Training Teachings with Geshe Thubten Sherab


INTRODUCTORY/OPEN TO ALL: No prior knowledge or experience required; no registration required


WHEN: Friday, March 8th, 2019, 7:30 - 9:00 PM; March 9th and 10th, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (lunch 12:30 - 2:00 PM) please check Calendar to confirm


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




Lama Atisha (980-1054 C.E.) introduced the lojong, also known as "mind training" or thought transformation," tradition of Mahayana practice in Tibet. Lojong is a core practice in all the lineages of the Tibetan tradition. These teachings are defined by their focus on helping practitioners to turn away from self-centeredness and cultivate instead the mental habits that generate bodhicitta, the awakened mind that emphasizes the importance of benefiting others. These teachings, like all from this tradition, involve refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes as a means for transforming thoughts into virtue. The unique value of lojong teachings they give specific guidelines both for how to approach meditation and how to awaken in daily life.


Of the many mind training (lojong) texts that exist, Geshe Chekawa's Seven Points for Training the Mind is one of the most complete. This text provides us with the means to transform our attitudes, gain increased mental control, develop a deeper understanding of reality and greater love, compassion and kindness towards other. The commitments and precepts described therein act as pertinent guidelines for a less stressful and more harmonious life in today's world. During these three days we will have the rare opportunity to study these teachings with Venerable Geshe Thubten Sherab, the resident teacher of Thubten Norbu Ling in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist center in Taos, New Mexico.



Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in Manang/Nepal in 1967 as the second of 5 sons. He attended Kopan monastery at the age of 9 in around 1976/1977 and was ordained by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and given the ordained name as Thubten Sherab. After 10 years of study in Kopan, he went to Sera Je Monastery for further studies in 1987 and graduated as Geshe at the end of 1999. After that he joined Gyume Tantric College for a year, then he taught young monks at Kopan for a year.


In 2001, he was sent by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to New Mexico to serve and help at the International Office of FPMT as well as teach at Thubten Norbu Ling in Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center in Taos as a resident teacher. He also served as a Board member of FPMT for 2 years during that period.


By the end of 2003, he returned back to Nepal to do his own practices. In 2006, he was appointed as Head Master of Kopan monastery and served Kopan in that position for 4 years until he resigned in 2010. Then he served at Kopan as acting Abbot for a year in 2011 when their late Guru Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundup got sick.


He has been teaching at Kopan during meditation courses as well as traveling and teaching around the world, in the United States, Canada, many parts of Europe, Asia, Mexico, Guatamala, and Australia. Geshe Sherab teaches in English.


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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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