In this three session course, Khenpo Pema Wangdak explains how Prayer, Merit and Impressions are to be understood as essential components of deeper & higher spiritual values.
Day One: Prayer ~ Monday, December 9th
The beginning of every virtue in daily life, even the Enlightenment of Buddha, starts with a simple aspiration or wish. For lack of the better word in English, this aspiration is also known as “Prayer”.
Day Two: Merit ~ Wednesday, December 11th
The taste of peace, beauty of compassion, power of wisdom and all other known virtues have their functional values with the backdrop of “Merit”. What is merit after all?
Day Three: Impressions ~ Friday, December 13th
Perpetuity of either positive or negative experiences takes the form of “Impressions” known as bag-chag. There is more to be gained from its understanding, both in the sustainability of all that is good and in the overcoming of adversaries.
Date: Monday, December 9; Wednesday, December 11, and Friday, December 13
To attend one class: General:$25/Members:$22.50
To attend all three – Dec. 9, 11 & 13: General:$70/Members:$63
Khenpo Pema Wangdak became a monk at the age of seven and later attended the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Benares, receiving his Acharya degree from Sanskrit University in 1980.
In 1982 Lama Pema was sent by His Holiness Sakya Trizin to teach in New York City, becoming the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers from the Sakya School to settle in the United States. He founded the Vikramasila Foundation in 1989 to support educational initiatives both in the United States and abroad. The foundation now encompasses the Palden Sakya Centers for Tibetan Buddhist studies and mediation in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, and Ohio; the Pema Ts’al School in Mundgod, India, for Tibetan lay children; Pema Ts’al Sakya Monastic Institute in Pokara, Nepal; and Pema Ts’al School in New York City, whose curriculum is modeled on that of Sakya College in India. In addition to these institutional projects, Khenpo Pema has a special interest in Tibetan language pedagogy and is the creator of a form of Tibetan Braille known as Bur Yig.
He received the title of Khenpo from His Holiness Sakya Trizin in 2007. In recognition of his humanitarian work around the world, Khenpo Pema was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2009. He is the first Tibetan to be so honored.