Drepung Loseling Institute - Spiritual Development Program
Drepung Loseling Institute, an affiliate of Emory University
  Exposition of Buddhist Tenets
A Ten-Week Course in Buddhist Theory and Practice
  Taught by Geshe Lhabu Dhondup

Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm
June 22 through August 31
(no class July 6)



The purpose of Buddhist philosophy is to equip individuals with insights that lead to freedom and ultimate happiness. In this ten-week class, Geshe Lhabu Dhondup will present the common and unique philosophical positions of each of the four major schools of Buddhist philosophy: Vaibhashika, Sautrantika, Chittamatra, and Madhyamaka, based on the standard text used in the Drepung Loseling monastic curriculum.

Essential topics such as the two levels of truth; meditation techniques; wisdom realizing the ultimate view; the bases, paths and fruits of practice; and the levels of consciousness on the paths of practice according to each school will be discussed and thoroughly analyzed. Within this broad theoretical framework, students will be able to develop a clear structure of practices for progressively transforming negative behaviors, attitudes and afflictions, resulting in liberation and Buddhahood.

The teaching will be based on the book “Cutting Through Appearances: Practice and Theory of Tibetan Buddhism” by Geshe Sopa and Jeffrey Hopkins, published by Snow Lion. Copies will be available for purchase in the Institute bookstore. The original Tibetan text is called “Drub-tha rin-chen tren-wa” written by the master scholar Kun-chok Jig-med Wang-po.

As with Geshe Lhabu’s ten-week Lorig course which concluded in April, CD recordings of these teachings will be made available for purchase at $5 ea. or $40 for the entire 10-week course (plus $5.95 shipping and handling if necessary).


Geshe Lhabu Dhondup is a particularly skilled teacher, whose many years of teaching experience, coupled with his own contemplative practice, enable him to distill the most essential elements from the vast array of Buddhist teachings and present them in the most accessible and applicable way. Geshe Lhabu was born in the Tehor region of eastern Tibet in 1937. After receiving his novice ordination at a very young age, he pursued his initial training at the local monastery of Dhargye. At age 17 he entered the famed Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa, and in 1959 he followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile in India, where he continued his spiritual training and received his Geshe Lharam degree, the highest degree of learning in Tibetan Buddhism, from Drepung Loseling Monastery in 1989. He taught at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ladakh from 1981-2002, and has taught since then at Drepung Loseling Monastery. The Institute is honored to have Geshe-la as its senior resident teacher for 2006.



Thursday Evenings, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
June 22 through August 31 (No class on July 6)

Registration Deadline:
  June 19, 2006
  $175 non-members / $140 members

Drepung Loseling Institute
2531 Briarcliff Road, Suite 101
Atlanta GA 30329

  For Information/Registration, please call the Institute at: 770-938-9709 
or e-mail us at:  institute@drepung.org
Cancellation Policy

One-day events: If you withdraw before the day of the event, we will refund your fees, minus a $20 administrative charge. There will be no other refunds.
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. You must speak directly with a member of the Institute staff if you wish to withdraw and receive a refund.