DLM - Spiritual Development Program
 
Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
an affiliate of Emory University, presents
The Intermediate Series
*Via ZOOM
 
July 13 - Nov 9, 2024
Second Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

 
Taught by
Geshe Ngawang Phende
 
Recommended for all who have completed the Foundation Series course at Drepung Loseling
blank
 
Continuing from where the Foundation Series left off, the Intermediate Series surveys the most essential teachings and meditations of Mahayana (Greater Vehicle) Buddhism, which is founded on the generation of universal compassion that takes responsibility for all sentient beings.
 
Each retreat in the series provides training in the theory and practice of an essential Mahayana meditation. The series leads progressively on to the final retreat of the series on Vajrasattva, an intermediate-level tantric meditation for purification and inner transformation, and serves as a general prerequisite for more advanced retreats.
 
When taken after having completed the Foundation Series, the Intermediate Series is designed to provide a solid basis for the practice of Mahayana Buddhist meditation, which in turn forms the precondition for tantric practice.
 
Schedule
     
Morning Session:
10:00 am - Noon
  Lunch Break:
Noon - 2:00 pm
Afternoon Session:
2:00 - 4:00 pm with Q&A

July 13
Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism
August 10
Guru Yoga:
The Spiritual Practice of Relying Upon and Receiving
Blessings from a Spiritual Teacher
September 14
Relative Bodhichitta:
Generating the Mind of Enlightenment
October 12
Ultimate Bodhichitta:
Developing Wisdom and Insight
November 9
Vajrasattva Meditation:
The Path of Purification and Inner Transformation


Payment and registration is four days before the event date.

Tuition:
  $75 per class ($65 for DLM members)
Full Series: $325 ($275 for DLM 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 and may be given or sent directly to the teacher.
Location:
 

On-line via ZOOM



  Geshe Ngawang Phende was born in Nepal in 1968. As a young boy he entered Drubthob Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal where he received his initial monastic training. He joined Drepung Loseling Monastery, south India in 1982 at the age of 12, where he successfully completed his monastic education and passed the Geshe Lharampa examination in 2001. He then attended Guymey Monastery for further Tantric studies and stayed there for a year. Geshe Ngawang was the resident teacher at the Lam Rim Tibetan Buddhist Center in Johannesburg, South Africa for nearly four years. Twice he has been on the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour and at present is one of the resident teachers at DLM.

Suggested Reading for the Intermediate Series
   
I -

Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (the Lamrim Chenmo)
by Tsong-Kha-Pa, Volume I; pages 117-128, 143-246.
II -
Guru Yoga
The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (the Lamrim Chenmo)
by Tsong-Kha-Pa, Volume I; pages 69-116
III -
Relative Bodhicitta
A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life; chapters one and three (the root text)
Bodhicitta: Cultivating the Compassionate Mind of Enlightenment
by Phu-Khang Dge-bshes Blo-bzang-rgya-mtsho
The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (the Lamrim Chenmo)
by Tsong-Kha-Pa, Volume II; pages 13-232
IV -
Ultimate Bodhicitta
Harmony of Emptiness and Dependent-Arising
by Phu-Khang Dge-bshes Blo-bzang-rgya-mtsho
The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (the Lamrim Chenmo)
by Tsong-Kha-Pa, Volume III, the section on 'insight'; pages 107-224, 277-362
V -
Vajrasattva Meditation
The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (the Lamrim Chenmo)
by Tsong-Kha-Pa, Volume I; pages 247-259.
Becoming Vajrasattva: The Tantric Path of Purifications
by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush and Lama Zopa Rinpoche


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.