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Wisdom of Emptiness – With Ven. Tenzin Namjong
From Sunday, 16. February 2020
To Saturday, 22. February 2020
Location : To be announced
OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SOHA
Mantra of the perfection of wisdom: OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SOHA

Join us for these six days of teachings on emptiness with Venerable Tenzin Namjong.

The teachings will be based on the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, especially the Heart Sutra and Vajra Cutter Sutra, and the writings of the Indian pandits, Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti, and the great Tibetan scholar-yogi and found of the Gelug Tradition, Lama Tsongkhapa.

This will be an experiential retreat where teachings will be supported by meditations to lead us step-by-step to a deeper understanding of emptiness and its relevance to our own development of happiness and compassion.

Ven. Namjong is an American-born monk currently living and studying in Sera Jey monastery in southern India, so he is able to make the topics relatable to our Western way of thinking. This course will include:

  • on the first day, robe offerings to the Buddha statue at the Mahabodhi Stupa
  • regular visits to the Mahabodhi Stupa, for teachings and practices
  • daily recitations of the Heart Sutra and Vajra Cutter Sutra, with teachings and explanations
  • a day of pilgrimage to Rajgir – to Vulture's Peak, where the Heart Sutra was taught, and to the ruins of the great Nalanda University where the Buddha's teachings were studied extensively.

Schedule

Sun 16 Feb  
4:00 pm Introduction to course by Spiritual Programme Coordinator (SPC)
6:00 pm Dinner
Thu 17 Feb  
6:45 am Robe offerings to the Buddha statue at Mahabodhi Stupa
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Teachings with Ven Namjong
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Teachings with Ven. Namjong
12:00 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Discussion groups
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Teachings with Ven. Namjong
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Mon 18 – Fri 20 Feb

 

6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Teachings with Ven. Namjong
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Teachings with Ven. Namjong
12:00 noon Lunch
2:00 pm Discussion groups
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Teachings with Ven. Namjong
5:00 pm Break
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening meditation
Sat 21 Feb Pilgrimage to Rajgir – to Vulture's Peak, where the Buddha taught the Perfect of Wisdom Sutras – Heart Sutra and Vajra Cutter Sutra – and also to the ruins of the great Nalanda University
Sun 22 Feb  
6:45 am Morning meditation
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Teachings with Ven. Namjong
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Visit to social projects
12:00 pm Group lunch
2:00 pm Film screening and talk by RI Generosity Officer
 

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.