Drepung Loseling - Spiritual Development Program
April 2018 Calendar

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April 2018 Highlights

Tuesday April3

Public Talk "The Buddhist View on Death and Dying"   
by Geshe Ngawang Phende

7:30 - 9:00 pm Even though death is an inevitable reality that all living beings must face, it is something we generally avoid talking or thinking about. In this talk, Geshe Phende will address the question of death from the Buddhist perspective, and look at the causes of our fear of death and dying, as well as how we can deal with these fears in order to live with a more realistic outlook towards death and dying.

Tuesday April 10

Public Talk "The Bodhisattva Practice of Joyous Effort"   
by Geshe Dadul Namgyal

7:30 - 9:00 pm Upon generating Bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment, also sometimes referred to as 'the mind of awakening', the bodhisattvas engage in myriads of practices to deliver on that altruistic aspiration to attain full awakening for the sake of all sentient beings. One way of organizing those practices is through the ten or six perfections. This month, Geshe Dadul will dwell on the perfection of Joyous Effort, the fourth in the series. Again, he will be approaching the theme using metaphors and analogies drawn from the 11th century master Potowa's Scripture of Allegory.

Saturday April 14

Foundation Series – Part IV • The Four Immeasurables: Loving kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity - with Geshe Ngawang Phende

10:00 am - 4:00 pm This five-part series, taught by with Geshe Ngawang Phende, introduces the essential elements of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, theory and practice. These teachings provide a basis for individual and group practice at the center and serve as a prerequisite for more advanced retreats.
  Register by calling our Administrative Office. FEE: Members $58 / Non-members $65 for individual classes or Members $245 / Non-members $275 for the five part series. Registration Deadline is four days before the event.

Tuesday April 17

Public Talk "The Buddhist Presentation on Past and Future Lives"   
by Geshe Ngawang Phende

7:30 - 9:00 pm Buddhism accepts the idea of past and future lives based on the logic that can be found, for example, in Dharmakirti's Compendium of Valid Cognition. In this talk, Geshe Phende will introduce some of the basic arguments that support the theory of the existence of past and future lives. He will also look at the benefits that arise from having a belief in the existence of future lifetimes.

Saturday April 21

Intermediate Series – Part IV • Ultimate Bodhichitta Developing Wisdom and Insight - with Geshe Dadul Namgyal

10:00 am - 4:00 pm This five-part series, taught by Geshe Dadul Namgyal, is designed to provide a solid basis for the practice of Mahayana Buddhist meditation. This series of teachings form the precondition for tantric practice. The series ends with Vajrasattva meditation which is a weekly regular advanced practice at DLM.
  Register by calling our Administrative Office. FEE: Members $58 / Non-members $65 for individual classes or Members $245 / Non-members $275 for the five part series. Registration Deadline is four days before the event.

Tuesday April 24

Public Talk "Introduction to Meditation"   
by Geshe Ngawang Phende

7:30 - 9:00 pm There is an immense and growing interest in the contemplative traditions of the east, as more and more people recognize the benefits of practicing meditation. In this talk, Geshe Phende will speak about meditation from the Buddhist perspective, outlining the nature of meditation, the different types of meditation, as well as the obstacles to meditation, and how to overcome them.

Thursdays
April 26 - June 28

The Heart Sutra & The Three Principal Aspects of the Path
by Geshe Ngawang Phende

7:15 - 8:30 pm Drepung Loseling Monastery is pleased to announce the opportunity to study one of the core teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) sutra, which is in the Second Turning of the Wheel of Dharma that was taught exclusively in the teaching of Mahayana Buddhism.

   
REGULAR EVENTS
*All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Weekly  

Tuesday 6:30 - 7:15 PM Medicine Buddha Practice
  7:30 - 9:00 PM Teachings, Meditation & Discussion
Thursday 6:00 - 7:00 PM Compassion Meditation
Sunday 9:30 - 10:15 AM Vajrasattva practice (transmission and instruction required)
   
11:00 AM - 12 noon
First Sunday of every month:
Basics of Meditation (instruction provided)
    All other Sundays:
Meditation - Led by DLM Resident Teachers
Monthly

1st Sundays
*unless otherwise noted
11:00 - 12:00 PM Basics of Meditation - Led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, founder and Spiritual Director of Drepung Loseling Monastery Inc.
Note: check calendar for actual dates
1st Sundays 12 Noon - 1:00 pm
Sunday Chai Social Hour
A community social hour to enable newer members and attendees to become better acquainted with one another, with older members and with our resident teachers.
3rd Sundays 10:30 am – Noon
DLM Member Elder Care
A discussion group formed and led by DLM members providing resources for caregivers for an older adult, someone with a disability, or for those needing information about aging, elder care, and end-of-life resources held monthly in the library. For more information visit DLMcare.org.
     
 
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