Dependent Origination: Understanding the World as It Really Is (and Finding Peace and Happiness as a Result) with Geshe Tenley

Public Talk and Weekend Teachings with Geshe Tenley
Friday, September 22 from 7pm to 9pm
Saturday, September 23 from 10am to 5pm

Sunday, September 24 from 1pm to 6pm
at Jewel Heart Center


Interdependence is a fundamental law of nature…. This is why we need to cultivate a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Public Talk: Traditional Buddhist Insights on our Modern World

Friday, September 22 from 7 to 9pm

From quantum physics to ecology and economics, our current understanding of the world converges with the view Shakyamuni Buddha unveiled more than 2500 years ago. Geshe Tenley will draw on traditional Buddhist teachings about interdependence to show how at the global, national, and individual levels, recognizing interdependence leads to harmony and happiness, while denying it leads to problems and suffering. This public talk is suitable for everyone. Geshe-la’s teachings will open the door for newcomers to Buddhism while laying the groundwork for the in-depth weekend teachings.

Weekend Teachings: The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism: Teachings on Lama Tsongkhapa’s “Praise of Dependent Origination”

Saturday, September 23 from 10am to 5pm

Sunday, September 24 from 1pm to 6pm

“Praise of Dependent Origination” is the poem that Lama Tsongkhapa composed to honor the Buddha when he realized emptiness. It explains the relationship between emptiness and dependent origination in a very clear and concise way. Geshe Tenley will comment on the text and explain why dependent origination is considered the “king of logic,” enabling us to understand how the doctrine of emptiness is compatible with our common experience of the world.

As requested by the FPMT, Shantideva Meditation Center has been reciting this text regularly as it is one of the practices advised by Khadro-la for the long life and good health of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche. We will take advantage of these teachings to recite the text together on Saturday and Sunday at the beginning of the teachings.

Dates and Times:

Friday, September 22
7-9pm Public Talk
Saturday, September 23: 10am-5pm Teachings

Sunday, September 24: 1pm-6pm Teachings
1-6pm Weekend Teachings


Jewel Heart Center: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing the location of Jewel Heart Center.

Subway Transportation: 1 to Franklin St.; A, C, E to Canal St.; N, R to Canal St.

Suggested Donation:

Friday Public Talk: $20 ($18 for Shantideva Meditation Members)

Weekend teachings: $100 ($90 for Shantideva Meditation Members), which includes light refreshments and materials.

Friday Public Talk and Weekend Teachings: $120 ($108 for Shantideva Meditation Members), which includes light refreshments and materials.


To register, click here.
Online registration will close at 3pm on Friday, September 22. Walk-ins are welcome.

Financial Assistance:

While the Dharma is given freely and no one is turned away for lack of funds, we invite you to inquire about volunteering or other ways you might support our efforts to make these teachings available in New York. As an emerging volunteer organization, Shantideva Meditation Center relies entirely on donations to cover the cost of space rental, transportation, housing, materials, and administration. Thank you for your generosity.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete: Scholarship for Shantideva Meditation Center (Word document) and email it to: email hidden; JavaScript is required at least one week before the event. We are happy to answer any questions at (646) 801-1579.


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About the Teacher:

Photo Credit: Edward Sczudlo

Geshe Ngawang Tenley was born in 1969 into a nomadic family in Eastern Tibet. He made the dangerous journey by foot across the Himalayas in 1988, was ordained as a novice monk in 1990, and began intensive studies and practice at Sera Je Monastery. During this time he received many teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and many other highly qualified masters. In 1998, he received his full ordination monk (Gelong) vows from His Holiness, and in November 2008, after eighteen years of rigorous study and practice, was conferred his geshe degree. He arrived in Boston in early 2004 and began formally teaching in 2009. He was appointed Resident Teacher at Kurukulla Center (FPMT) by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2010. Geshe Tenley is down-to-earth, wise, and kind-hearted. His cheerfulness and humility endears him to everyone he meets.