Sending an update regarding Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa’s teachings at Guhyasamaja Center for 2010….
Rinpoche has agreed to again visit the center for five months in 2010. This year they won’t be five consecutive months. Rinpoche will visit intially quite soon, from January 20-March 15. Rinpoche will then return for a week in early summer to again lead a residential retreat on a Tantric topic. And, then Rinpoche will return again in the Fall to teach for another 2 1/2 to 3 months!
For Rinpoche’s Winter visit, he will continue teaching on Shantideva’s “Guide to the Bodhisattva’ s Way of Life” on Saturdays. The focus will be on the practice of patience followed by teachings on the practice of joyful effort or enthusiasm. Rinpoche will also give teachings on two Sundays in Manassas on the topic of Buddhist Cosmology–explaining the Buddhist conception of the Univserse (or Universes or perhaps Buddhaverses) in which beings take rebirth.
For the final weekend of this visit, Rinpoche will give a Vajrayogini Initiation on Friday, March 12 followed by two days of teachings on the Tantric Path and the Practice of Tsok based on these sections from the Guru Puja. (The practice of Tsok twice per month is one of the commitments that comes with taking the Vajrayogini Initiation, so these teachings will be extremely useful for all who take the initiation! Pre-registration forms for the initiation will be up on the center’s website in a few weeks.)
The summer retreat for this year will run for a week and will be on the topic of “Stages and Paths of Tantra.”
The topics for the Fall teachings will include Shantideva and an intensive weekend on Emptiness based on Lama Tsonkhapa’s famous poetic teaching entitled “Praise to Dependent Origination.” We’ll also be beginning teachings on at least one new topic in the fall–to be announced later.
Plans for 2010 also include a weekend visit from the highly accessible and practical Geshe Gelek, teaching visits from a number of senior Western sangha teachers from within the FPMT, a class on compassion based on Shantideva’s text, and more of Discovering Buddhism!
You can check with website in coming weeks (and months) for more details.
So, on Thanksgiving Weekend, those who love studying Dharma have even more to be thankful for!
All Good Wishes,
Director, Guhyasamaja Center