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Actual and planned courses

  1. Lam-rim based on the lam-rim text by Je Gampopa
  2. Introduction into the Bodhisattva training based on the text „37 Practices of Bodhisattvas
  3. Lo-rig: Understanding the mind
  4. Pranidhana: Samantabhadra-mönlam from the Gaṇḍavyūha-Sūtra
  5. Śūnyatā: Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness
  6. Study of Tibetan classical language based on the text: 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
  7. Advanced study of Tibetan classical language for Vajrayāna practitioners based on a Vajrayāna-text: Praises to the 21 Ārya Tārās

1. Lam-rim based on the Lam-rim text by Je Gampopa
„Ornament of Precious Liberation“
Author:
Jetsun Gampopa
ISBN 9781614294177

Instructor: Jane Pathan Friedewald

Course description:
This standard work of a composed Lam-rim, or also Ten-rim, is much more extensive than the basic work of the Indian Pandit Atīśa Dīpaṅkara Śrījñāna (11. C.) Lamp for the Way of Awekening due to the many explanations and quotations. However, it is much shorter than Je Tsongkhapas (14th-15th. C.) Lam-rim The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (about 1000 pages)..

Level/Prerequisites:
There are no prerequisites for this course. A gradual explanation of the spiritual path, Lam-rim, is an enrichment for any Buddhist. In order to be able to prove later courses of study in Buddhist philosophy for advanced, the student should have studied the basic statements Buddha’s, as they are represented in a lam-rim.

Start: A new course starts after the previous one is completed. Course (1) is recommendable for those who enter the Buddha-Dharma. Course (2) serves as support for those who want to refresh their basic knowledge quickly. Entry in between is possible under certain circumstances by arrangement. The now ongoing course started in November 2019.


2. Introduction into the Bodhisattva training


„The Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva“
Author: Ngulchu Thogme (14. Jh.)

Commentary by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso

Instructor: Jane Pathan Friedewald

Course description:
This practical guide in 37 verses points the way to Bodhi. The author, himself a Bodhisattva, illustrates the courage it takes to transform well-habituated reaction patters for the good of oneself and all sentient beings.

Level/Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this Mahāyāna-study.


3. Lo-rig: Understanding the mind

„The Mind and its Functions“
Author:
Geshe Rabten
ISBN-10: 2970001608

"Glimpses of Abhidharma: From a Seminar on Buddhist Psychology“
Author:
Chögyam Trungpa
ISBN-13: 978-1570627644

Instructor: René Meinhardt

Course description: Buddha considered mind and its many secondary factors with their modes of functioning as the basic component of his entire instructions and practices. In the system of Lo-rig, the knowledge of how mind works, the 84.000 possible mental states are grouped into a manageable psychological model of 51 mental factors in 5 groups. The aim of the course is to learn to understand how the mind operates. On the one hand we gain more awareness of how to recognise and discard non-helpful states of mind and to cultivate helpful ones. On the other hand, obtaining knowledge about our habitual thought and emotional patterns, it will improve the quality of our live. For Buddhist practitioners, it is further considered the basis for gaining deep insight into śūnyatā. During the course we will examine, discuss and memorise. Meditation on the topic is a vital part of the course.

Level/Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. The basic knowledge of Buddha’s First Teaching Cycle (Skr. Dharmachakra) and the appreciation of the bodhisattva ideal (Second and Third Teaching Cycle) is helpful for this approxiamtely 6-month course.

Start: A new course starts after the previous one is completed. Entry in between is possible under certain circumstances by arrangement. A new course starts on request.


4. Pranidhana: Samantabhadra-mönlam from the Gaṇḍavyūha-Sūtra

Samantabhadra-Pranidhana

(Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche’s commentary is in preparation)

Instructor: Jane Pathan Friedewald

Course description: Among the devotional practices, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche has emphasised the recitation of Great Wishes (Skr. Pranidhana, Tib. mön-lam), which are based on ancient traditions of transmission, like »The King of Great Wishes«. The Samantabhadra pranidhana comes from one of the oldest and most extensive sūtras, the Avataṃsaka-sūtra. Pranidhanas are indispensable to a bodhisattva. The spiritual maturation of a bodhisattva with his potency depends on his boundless good wishes and intentions for the benefit of all beings. The pranidhana of the Bodhisattva »All-embracing Good« introduces to mahāyāna’s worldview and its opulent culture of offering.

Level/Prerequisites: For the introduction to the view and practice of the mahāyāna, the basic knowledge of the First Turning of the Wheel (Dharmachakra) is extremely helpful.

Start: A new course starts on request.


5. Śūnyatā: Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness
Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness
Autor:
Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso
ISBN-13:978-1537409009

Instructor:Jane Pathan Friedewald

Course description:
This course provides a very clear and self-sustaining line to meditation on a correct understanding of the highest Buddhist insight of śūnyatā. The book introduces into the worldview of Shravaka, Cittamatra, Svatantrika-, Prasangika- and Schentong-Madhyamaka. These basic scholastic directions in five stages or methods with their progressively more subtle and refined views of reality are presented on the basis of perspectives, investigations, mediations and clarified by means of examples. Each stage in the process prepares the mind for the next in so far as each step is fully integrated into one's understanding through the meditation process.

Level/Prerequisites:
In-depth study of Buddha’s explanations of the relative appearance of beings and worlds is fundamental, at least the Lamrim of Je Gampopa. Śamatha-meditation experience and basic understanding of the Prajñāpāramitā-Heart Sūtra is required.

Start: A new course starts after the previous one is completed. Entry in between is possible under certain circumstances by arrangement. The ongoing course started in November 2017.


6. Beginner-study of Tibetan classical language based on the text: 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

Instructor: Jane Pathan Friedewald

Course description:
The study of Classical Tibetan requires inspired determination and perseverance. The course offers the training in writing, reading, grammar and the art of translation. Classic Tibetan extends from the 12th century until the modern day. Already in the 9th C. the Tibetan language underwent a thorough reform in order to facilitate translations from Indian texts. Classic Tibetan refers to the language and grammar created by ancient Tibetan and Sanskrit scholars in order to translate the vast Buddhist canonical texts from Sanskrit.The study of Classic Tibetan is a great support for Buddhist practitioner’s insight and practice and for the survival of the Tibetan Classical in general.

Start: April 2020


7. Advanced study of Tibetan classical language for Vajrayāna practitioners based on the Vajrayāna-text: Praises to the 21 Ārya Tārās

Course description:
The 21 Praises to the feminine Buddha-aspect Ārya Tārā are an integral part of Vajrayāna-practice.

Level/Prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of reading, writing and grammar are required for this course. Students should be practitioners of Vajrayāna because these praises are difficult to understand in the Vajrayāna content.

Start: A new course starts on request.


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