January 20, 2018 – 1 pm to 5 pm
“REASONING AND INVESTIGATION AS TOOLS IN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE”
Venerable Tenzin Gache
Venerable Tenzin Gache lives and studies at Sera Jey Monastery in India. After initial Tibetan language studies, he then entered the Geshe studies program in 2008, and has been engaged in intensive study, debate, and personal practice since that time. In 2013, he was awarded Rik Chung, an honorary title for outstanding young scholars. In 2015, he achieved the top score in Sera Jey for memorization. Venerable Gache considers his time at Sera as a prolonged investigation into the unique and often radical worldview and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Although his level of understanding is still a “work in progress”, he looks forward to sharing some of his experience in the hope of inspiring others to adopt an inquisitive attitude into this profound and important topic that he believes has the power to
revitalize our culture.”
March 3-4, 2018
“STAYING SANE IN A CRAZY WORLD”
Venerable Robina Courtin
According to Buddha, the main reason we can’t cope with problems is because of our attachment, a deep emotional hunger for things to be nice. Attachment can’t stand it when things go wrong. When it doesn’t get what it wants, immediately aversion arises – the entire spectrum from anger to annoyance and irritation and being upset to depression and despair. And all of it is based in fear. Lama Yeshe said that “I could talk about attachment for one whole year, but unless we go deep inside we won’t begin to understand it.” Buddha’s view of it is different from the way we understand it: it’s deep in our bones and is the main voice of ego. But we can learn to get in touch with it, to understand it, and to counteract it. The result? Courage, contentment, and fearlessness.
Ordained since the late 1970s, Robina Courtin has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, an editor of the lamas’ teachings, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentaries films Key to Freedom (2007) and the award-winning Chasing Buddha, released commercially worldwide in 2013.