Tibetan Buddhist Center for Wisdom
Exploring Buddhism - Exploring the Truths
Thursdays January 6 to February 24
7:00 - 9:00pm
Led by Gen Don Handrick
Buddhism is based on fundamental truths that point to the principal levels of reality that the Buddha discerned and then taught throughout his life, including most notably the two truths and the four noble truths. In this module, we will explore the nature of these and other core truths of Buddhism, utilizing the Dalai Lama's mode of presentation based in logic that establishes a framework for the path to enlightenment which is suitable for people with a modern rational outlook.
Previous study of at least some modules of Discovering Buddhism, either in a center or online is highly recommended before enrolling in this program.
Please review the syllabus before registering for the course.
About the Teacher
Gen (Tibetan for "elder") Don is a touring teacher for the FPMT, sharing the Dharma with centers and study groups in North America and other parts of the world, both in-person and online. He connected with Tibetan Buddhism in 1993 through the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
In 1996 he commenced formal study at Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, the FPMT center in San Francisco. In 1998, he entered the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study program in Tuscany, Italy, taught by Geshe Jampa Gyatso. After the completion of his studies, Gen Don moved to Northern New Mexico and in 2005 and began teaching for the FPMT.
In 2015, he had the honor of being selected by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to lead the renowned November Course, a one-month teaching and meditation retreat held annually at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Gen Don has received teachings from many esteemed lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok.
Students appreciate his humble, compassionate demeanor and his capacity to explain profound ideas with precision, contemporary examples and humor.
Remembering Zoom Etiquette
Make sure your mic is off. Turn off computer notifications so you aren’t distracted during the teaching.
Please, no eating or drinking during the teachings (of course taking a sip of water is just fine). Too much movement can be distracting for our teachers. If you have to get up or move around, please turn off your camera. If you move from place to place with your device we may need to turn off your video for you. Try to imagine you are actually in the Gompa and treat teachings and teachers on Zoom the same as if you were in person.
If you ask a question, please turn off your mic to hear the answer. It helps to reduce feedback.
Thank you for your consideration!
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