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H. H. Dalai Lama’s A Force for Good: Buddhist Science Sources for Practices Beyond Religion

Feb
01

6:00 pm  | $25 - $160

H. H. DALAI LAMA’S A FORCE FOR GOOD: BUDDHIST SCIENCE SOURCES FOR PRACTICES BEYOND RELIGION

Ancient and Modern Teacher’s Training Continued (Classes to be live-streamed) Single lectures can be taken, subscription to the whole series is discounted.

Robert Thurman and Thomas Yarnall, and possible surprise guests.

Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29

  • – There will be double classes on March 8 and March 22 to make up for the classes cancelled on February 8 and March 15. Classes will start earlier at 6PM on March 8 & 22.
    – March 15 class will start at 7:30 instead of 7PM after the Book Launch (Man of Peace) event with Robert Thurman which starts at 6PM. 

This is our ongoing long-term curriculum on H. H. Dalai Lama’s world initiatives (secular aspects detailed in Dan Goleman’s milestone Force for Good). Its broad vision can be gleaned from His Holiness’s “secular ethics” theory (Beyond Religion), His teachings of universal compassion and universal responsibility (Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night), His world religions’ collaboration appeals (Toward a True Kinship of Faiths), His call for an ethical revolution (Ethics for the New Millennium), His Nobel Peace Laureate for nonviolent activity in seeking a win-win solution for Tibet and China in the face of China’s ethnicidal policies (My Appeal to the World, and Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story), His dialogues with materialist scientists through American Institute of Buddhist Studies, Tibet House US, Mind and Life Institute, and the Emory Initiative (The Universe in a Single Atom), His “Science for Monks” program, and His opening the study of the esoteric Tantras through his 33 Kalachakra Grand Initiations.

The “root text” for the spring course is Shāntideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, (WB) trans. Padmakara, along with R. Thurman’s meaning- yoga commentary Infinite Life (IL). Shāntideva is a direct spiritual ancestor of H. H. Dalai Lama, as prime holder of the teaching of universal compassion, universal responsibility, and the transcendent wisdom that is their reality source.

February 8— Make-up class will be on March 8 (class starts earlier on March 8 at 6PM)
Conceiving the Spirit of Enlightenment (or “the Awakening mind”)
Truly conceiving the spirit of enlightenment requires understanding causality, which leads to understanding emptiness, leading to immersion in relativity, which necessitates the enlightening spiritual conception. Readings: WB 2–3; IL Part 1, Ch.2.

February 15 – Make-up class will be on March 22 (class starts earlier on March 8 at 6PM)
Shūnyatākarunā­garbham Emptiness the Womb of Compassion
This evening will focus on Nāgārjuna’s famous phrase from the Rosary of Jewels in connection with the early chapters of the Entry to the Life- style (Way) of the Bodhisattva. Main points of WB; Ch. 9 will be addressed, touching on the most important sources of wisdom-compas sion nonduality. Reading at least part of the assigned readings ahead of the class in this and following sessions will allow for more active discus- sion, with questions prepared and insights queued up for deepening. Readings: WB, Ch. 9.

February 15
Shūnyatākarunā­garbham – Emptiness the Womb of Compassion
This evening will focus on Nāgārjuna’s famous phrase from the Rosary of Jewels in connection with the early chapters of the Entry to the Life-style (Way) of the Bodhisattva. Main points of WB; Ch. 9 will be ad- dressed, touching on the most important sources of wisdom-compassion nonduality. Reading at least part of the assigned readings ahead of the class in this and following sessions will allow for more active discussion, with questions prepared and insights queued up for deepening. Readings: WB, Ch. 9.

March 8 class will be double classes to make up for the class cancelled on February 8. Class will start earlier at 6PM

Conceiving the Spirit of Enlightenment (or “the Awakening mind”)
Truly conceiving the spirit of enlightenment requires understanding causality, which leads to understanding emptiness, leading to immersion in relativity, which necessitates the enlightening spiritual conception. Readings: WB 2–3; IL Part 1, Ch.2.

Wisdom Transcendence
Although Shāntideva deals with the transcendent perfection of wisdom in his 9th chapter, we will consider it in detail before launching into the other five main transcendences, as none of them can be tran- scendences until they are guided by wisdom. That is generosity, justice, tolerant patience, creative effort, and meditation cannot be transcendent perfections until they are infused with wisdom’s intuitive knowledge. Again, please try to read at least part of the text ahead of the class. Readings: IL, Part 2, ch.3.

March 15
Class will start at 7:30PM instead of 7PM. (There will be book launch for Man of Peace graphics novel starting at 6PM before the class.

Generosity and Justice Transcendences
Once some degree of intuitive wisdom is in place, the practices of generosity and ethical justice become bodhisattva transcendences. We will work through these chapters in detail. The IL commentarial chapters sketch out initial contemplative and activist practices that can be implemented by contemporary bodhisattvas, and, if the class members have pre-read these chapters, we will discuss the options offered. This holds for the following class as well. Readings: WB, Chs. 4-5; IL, Chs. 4,5.

March 22 class will be double classes to make up for the class cancelled on February 15. Class will start earlier at 6PM

Shūnyatākarunā­garbham Emptiness the Womb of Compassion
This evening will focus on Nāgārjuna’s famous phrase from the Rosary of Jewels in connection with the early chapters of the Entry to the Life- style (Way) of the Bodhisattva. Main points of WB; Ch. 9 will be addressed, touching on the most important sources of wisdom-compas sion nonduality. Reading at least part of the assigned readings ahead of the class in this and following sessions will allow for more active discus- sion, with questions prepared and insights queued up for deepening. Readings: WB, Ch. 9.

Patience and Creativity Transcendences
Most important here is the famous presentation of the yoga of patience as the antidote to anger/hate, with its three varieties of tolerant patience, insightful patience, and forgiving patience. Mastering this to some degree is essential to the compassion yoga of the eighth chapter, the “equal exchange of self and other” mind-transformation of the activated spirit of enlightenment. Readings: WB, Chs. 6–7; IL, Chs. 6–7.

March 29—Meditation / Realization, Wisdom, and Compassion­ as­Art Transcendences
In this concluding session, we will move back to the famous “equal exchange of self and other” mind-transformation insight and practice that is considered the supreme yoga of cultivating the bliss of universal compassion that is the ultimately effective engine of activism that really can help alleviate the sufferings of other migrant beings throughout their lives and deaths and transition between. Will then open toward the ongoing development of the seventh transcendence, the art (upāya, “method,” also translated as “skill in means”) transcendence, if time allows this will entail some sketch of the art of Tantra, which follows naturally from the intensity of the bodhisattva’s drive to alleviate others’ sufferings as swiftly as humanly and “buddhaly” possible. Readings: WB Ch. 8; IL. Chs. 8–9.

Wednesdays, March 8 at 6PM, 15 at 7:30PM, 22 at 6PM, 29 at 7PM

To attend in person  click here to register
General: $25/Members: $22.50 for each session
SERIES—General: $160/Members: $140.

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$10 for each session
SERIES (7 sessions): $64 (no member discounts on web-cast).

Payments support THUS’ work of presenting, promoting, and preserving the compassionate Buddhist culture of Tibet.

Venue

Tibet House US Gallery
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
Phone:
2128070563
Website:
tibethouse.us

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About the Presenters

Robert-Thurman

Professor Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, President of Tibet House U.S., a popular lecturer on Tibetan Buddhism, the translator of many philosophical treatises and sutras, and author of numerous books including the national bestseller, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness; Anger, the fifth book from a series on the Seven Deadly Sins, offered by The New York Public Library and Oxford University Press. His most recent book is titled Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet, and the World, published by Atria Books/Beyond Words.
tom_yarnall

Dr. Tom Yarnall

Dr. Tom Yarnall is an Associate Research Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University in New York. As a teacher he specializes in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, teaching courses in Buddhist history, philosophy, ethics, and contemplative sciences, and in Tibetan and Sanskrit languages. He is also a popular teacher at many Dharma centers and cultural centers on the East and West coasts of the U.S. As a researcher Dr. Yarnall works with the Columbia Center for Buddhist Studies (CCBS) and the Columbia-affiliated American Institute of Buddhist Studies (AIBS), serving as the Executive Editor for the “Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences” series of translations of works from the Tibetan Tengyur (and associated literature), being co-published by AIBS, CCBS, and Tibet House US, and being distributed by Columbia University Press. Dr. Yarnall also serves as the Publications Director at Tibet House US. Dr. Yarnall began his engagement with Buddhism almost 40 years ago (in the late 70s), studying intensively with Tibetan Lamas from all four orders (including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche, Ven. Dezhung Rinpoche, and many others), while earning a B.A. in Religion (Buddhist Studies) at Amherst College in 1983. He later enrolled in the graduate program in Religion (Buddhist Studies) at Columbia University, earning an M.A., an M.Phil., and a Ph.D. (with honors) in 2003. Dr. Yarnall’s own scholarly work has focused on Mādhyamika philosophy, Buddhist ethics, and especially on Indian and Tibetan Tantric materials of the Unexcelled Yoga class. His study and translation of the creation stage chapters of Tsong Khapa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of Mantra (sngags rim chen mo) was published in the “Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences” series in 2013. His forthcoming book, entitled The Emptiness that is Form: The Nonconceptual Embodiment of Buddhahood, contains a detailed analysis and study of the relationship between the view of emptiness and practice of deity yoga in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Tantra.