DLM - Spiritual Development Program
 
Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
an affiliate of Emory University, presents
 
The Foundation Series
*Via ZOOM
 
February 27 - June 12, 2021
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

 
Taught by
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin
 
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We are delighted to announce that our Spiritual Director, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, will be teaching the upcoming Foundation Series. Geshe Lobsang Tenzin developed and offered the first Foundation Series in 1991 in consultation with the former Gaden Tripa (Supreme Head of the Geluk Lineage) Rizong Rinpoche. Geshe Lobsang Tenzin regularly taught the Foundation Series through 2015, but has not had a recent opportunity to teach this important program for our members and friends.
 
As part of his ongoing duties as the Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University, Geshe la oversees a number of programs executed in collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama including SEE Learning (Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning), an inclusive and science-based, international program designed to bring the ethical development of the whole person into kindergarten through university-level education and the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI), a six-year-long modern science curriculum now fully integrated into traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastic education. Program activities required extensive travel and along with accompanying responsibilities, it was very difficult for him to maintain a monthly teaching schedule. Given current travel restrictions, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin is looking forward to once again introducing the essential elements of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, theory and practice.
 
 
The Foundation Series will cover the foundational practices common to all three “yanas” or vehicles. It will begin with an “Introduction to Buddhism” and continue with retreats on four universal Buddhist meditation practices.
 
For students who have completed the Foundation Series, we have also created a five-part Intermediate Series, which will begin in 2021 with an “Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism” and then cover four essential Mahayana meditations.
As was the case with the original Foundation Series, these two series have been designed in consultation with Kyabje Rizong Rinpoche.
 
 
Modified Foundation Schedule
   
1st Session:
10:00 - 10:45/50 am • with a break
2nd Session:
11:00 - 11:45/50 am • with a break for lunch
  Lunch Break:
Noon - 1 pm • Short Q&A after lunch @ 1 PM
3rd Session:
1:00 - 1:45/50 pm • with a break
4th Session:
2:00 - 2:45/50 pm • retreat ends
   

     
February 27
  Introduction to Buddhism
March 13
  Shamatha Meditation:
    Alleviating Stress and Cultivating Inner Balance
April 10
  Vipashyana Meditation:
  Cultivating Personal Insight into Our Inner World of
Thoughts, Reactions, and Emotions
May 8
  The Four Immeasurables:
  Loving kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
June 12
  Refuge:
    Entering the Path of Inner Transformation

 

Payment and early registration is four days before the event date.
To register for these courses please call the center at: 404-982-0051

Tuition:
  $58 per Class for DLM Members and $65 for non-members
Full Series: $245 for DLM Members and $275 non-members
    Members who have completed the entire series in the past may repeat for FREE, but are still required to register.
    A voluntary offering to the teacher is customary in the Buddhist tradition.
Location:
  Drepung Loseling Monastery
1781 Dresden Drive, Atlanta GA 30319


  Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Ph.D. is the founder and spiritual director of Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., in Atlanta, GA., the North American seat of Drepung Loseling in south India. A six-hundred year old monastic university renowned for its scholars, Drepung Loseling was reestablished in exile after the invasion of Tibet in 1959. He is a Professor of Pedagogy in the Department of Religion at Emory University and the Executive Director of Emory’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. Endowed through the support of the Dalai Lama Trust, the center is dedicated to the realization of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vision for compassion-based ethics in education. Born in Kinnaur, a remote Himalayan region adjoining Tibet, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin is a former monk. He began his monastic training at The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamasala, India and continued his education at Drepung Loseling Monastery in south India, where in 1994 he received his Geshe Lharampa degree. He completed his Ph.D. at Emory University in 1999.

Suggested Reading for the Foundation Series
   
I. 
Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
Happiness by Matthieu Ricard
   
II. 
Shamatha Meditation
The Attention Revolution by Alan Wallace
   
III. 
Vipashyana Meditation and the Four Applications of Mindfulness
The Art of Living by William Hart
Genuine Happiness by Alan Wallace
   
IV. 
The Four Immeasurables
   
V.  
Refuge
The Four Noble Truths by H.H. the Dalai Lama
 

Recording Policy:
No recordings, audio or visual, without express permission from Drepung Loseling Monastery.
 
Cancellation Policy:
One-day events: If you withdraw before the day of the event, we will refund your fees, minus a $20 administrative charge. You must speak with a member of the administrative staff by 6pm. Leaving a message will not alter your registration. There will be no other refunds.
If you do not attend a session it is counted as a withdrawal and there will be no refunds or exchanges.
*When purchasing a series for either the Foundation or the Intermediate classes note that the series advantage gives you a lower rate and purchasing classes individually gives you flexibility. When purchasing these series the first class will count toward the one day cancellation policy. After the first class has begun for the purchase of the series there will be no other refunds or exchanges.

Multiple-day events: If you withdraw before the start of the retreat, course, or event, we will refund your fees, minus a 10% administrative charge. If you withdraw after the first retreat or teaching session, we will refund 75% of the fees. After the start of the second session there will be no refunds.