Public Talk: Recognizing and Activating Our Real Potential
Friday, March 17 from 7 to 9pm
At the core of Buddhist teachings is the idea that we all carry within us the capacity for infinite love and complete understanding. We may not perceive this potential now because it is obscured by delusions. Progressively peeling away the many layers of these delusions enables our true nature to shine so that we will be completely happy and benefit others perfectly.
Combining the rigor of 25 years of study for the Geshe degree (the equivalent of a PhD in Tibetan Buddhism) and more than 15 years of teaching Westerners, Geshe Sherab will adapt these traditional teachings to our modern life and explain in a very practical way how we can develop our potential for love, wisdom, and happiness to its full extent.
Weekend Teachings: Buddha Nature
Saturday & Sunday March 18-19 from 10am to 5pm
Geshe Sherab will delve deeper into the profound and inspiring topic of buddha nature (tathāgatagarbha). Referring to Maitreya’s Sublime Continuum (Uttaratantra Shastra), he will explain our buddha nature, the innate pure nature of mind enabling each and every sentient being to become enlightened. Geshe-la will comment on the text’s rich poetic metaphors that describe our true nature. He will also explain the philosophical reasoning behind buddha nature along with why and how each of us can become buddhas.
Geshe Sherab is well known for his warmth and ability to explain profound Buddhist concepts clearly in English. We are very fortunate to host such a learned and realized teacher who is very familiar with sharing traditional Eastern wisdom with Westerners. These teachings require understanding some basic Buddhist principles, yet they will be very accessible to a wide audience.
On Wednesday, March 22, Geshe-la has kindly offered to lead the Guru Puja. All are welcome!
Because the mind is fundamentally pure—at its core lies what is called buddha nature—and because the defilements that create all our problems are not one with the mind and therefore can be destroyed, we can definitely attain full awakening.
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Dates and Times:
Friday, March 17
7pm – 9pm Public Talk
Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19
10am – 12:30pm Morning Teachings with Tea Break
12:30pm – 2pm Lunch Break – Please note: Lunch will not be provided.
2pm – 5pm Afternoon Teachings and Q&A with Tea Break
Directions: The New York Buddhist Church is located at 331-332 Riverside Drive between West 105 Street and West 106 Street, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The NYBC is easily accessible by car or by public transportation.
By Subway: Take the 1 Train to 103 Street station. Exit the station and walk two blocks north on Broadway to West 105 Street. Make a left and walk two blocks west to Riverside Drive.
Here is a map showing the location of The New York Buddhist Church.
Friday Public Talk: $20
Public Talk and Weekend Teachings: $90 (includes light refreshments and materials)
Weekend Teachings only: $80 (includes light refreshments and materials)
Shantideva Meditation Members,: Public Talk: $18, Public Talk and Weekend Teachings: $81, Weekend Teachings only: $72
Suggested donations may be made online or at the door.
Please register in advance so that we can plan the materials to distribute.
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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.
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About the Teacher:
Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1967 in a small village in Manang province, the western part of Nepal, to a Kagyu-Nyingma family. He entered Kopan Monastery at the age of nine and completed his Geshe studies at Sera Je Monastery in South India, followed by a year at Gyumed Tantric College. He then completed retreat and teaching assignments both in the U.S. and Asia. He served as Headmaster of the Kopan Monastery School from 2005 to 2009, overseeing debate training and tantric training activities. He is now the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center in Santa Fe and regularly travels all over the world to teach in other centers.
Geshe Sherab teaches in English, he understands and connects very well with Western students, presenting the Dharma in an accessible, warm, and open manner. Geshe Sherab’s teaching schedule and other information can be found at: http://www.geshesherab.