For anyone who is interested in developing a good general overview and a clear in-depth understanding of the four classes of tantra in Tibetan Buddhism, what is the meaning and the proper way to practice them. The Guhyasamaja Tantra is the King of the Tantras; its commentary offers a detailed analysis of the generation and completion stages of this class of highest yoga tantra practice and helps to better understand the practice of other highest yoga Tantras.
A firm understanding of lamrim, the graduated path, a thorough familiarity of the sutra teachings in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and having received a highest yoga tantra empowerment from a qualified teacher are required to study these two subjects as either a residential or online student. The Masters Program is an intensive Mahayana Buddhist residential education program inspired by the geshe studies programs in traditional Gelug monastic universities.
Taught by fully qualified Tibetan geshes who are assisted by highly experienced staff, the program offers in-depth study, extensive contemplative training and retreat experience, providing a thorough grounding in sutra and tantra.
It is a uniquely inspiring and fulfilling way for both ordained and lay Buddhists to learn and practice the Dharma. In addition to offering students a profound deepening of their Dharma understanding and practice, the Masters Program aims at providing the FPMT with highly qualified Western teachers of Buddhist theory and practice. Students will study five principal subjects, receiving teachings on and oral transmissions of the main texts and their principal Gelug commentaries from geshes who are qualified lineage-holders.
When time permits, the teachers may supplement the teachings with additional texts and commentaries as they see appropriate.
The class will focus on an in-depth explanation of the generation and completion stages of highest yoga tantra, based on the Guhyasamaja Tantra. The presentation of the generation stage includes an explanation of the visualization and generation of the mandala and deities and how to carry death, the intermediate state, and rebirth into the path.
The presentation of the completion stage discusses the six branches: the isolation of body, isolation of speech, isolation of mind, illusory body, actual clear light, and the union of clear light and the illusory body. A two-week lam rim retreat will be scheduled each year from mid-January to the beginning of February. In addition, classes stop for a few days around the Tibetan new year Losar , which falls in February or March.
Resident students are welcome to remain at the Institute during these breaks, whereas the student housing rates do not apply during the summer months. The schedule for review classes, discussion groups, and group meditations will be decided in conjunction with the MP staff. Geshe Jampa Gelek was born in in the eastern region of Kham, Tibet.
He decided to become a monk early in life. At the age of 16 he left Lhasa, due to the Chinese invasion and went to India.
David Christopher Lane , Ph. Indian J Med Res, ; 5 , When reading Shiv Dayal Singh's descriptions of the inner regions we should always keep in mind that trans-rational experiences cannot be adequately contained by the inherent boundaries of human language. Take a deep breath. Each of the three letters, and sounds, corresponds to a different aspect of the divine. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing [ ]. Jacobs G.
He studied at Sera Je Monastic University, where, at a very early age of 19, he became a fully ordained monk. In , being awarded the title of Lharampa Geshe, he continued his education with the study of tantra, qualifying him to give empowerments and commentaries. Geshe Gelek teaches the Masters Program in a very dedicated and enthusiastic manner, sharing his amazing vast and profound knowledge with us.
Sophie met Buddhism at age 14 in Australia. She ordained at 18 and remained a nun for the next eleven years, studying Tibetan and the geshe-ma curriculum in India and Nepal full time. She has used her language and philosophy skills to interpret from Tibetan to English for different study programs. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Asked to teach in by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. In this presentation, Adyashanti speaks of true meditation as resting in the natural state.
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This region is called Maha-sunn. There are prison cells for the condemned spirits, ejected from the Court of the True Supreme Being. Although these spirits are not subjected to any trouble, and they perform their functions by their own light, yet, as they do not get the darshan of the Lord, they are restless. However, there is a way of their remission also. Whenever Sants happen to pass that way with the spirits reclaimed from the lower regions, some of these spirits fortunately get their Darshan. Such spirits go along with the Sants who very gladly take them to the Court of the Lord and get them pardoned.
In a sense, what we are witnessing is the ultimate surrender. First, the physical body has to be given up sensory paralysis; out-of-body experience, etc. There is a rotating swing here which all the time in subtle motion, and the spirits ever swing on it.
All round, there are innumerable spiritual islands from which the sounds of "Sohang Sohang" and "Anahoo Anahoo" rise all the time. Spirit entities playfully and rapturously enjoy these sounds. Whiffs of scents of various kinds and sweet fragrance of sandal are enjoyed by the spirit there and the melodies of flutes are heard, while it proceeds onwards.
This contentment, according to Shiv Dayal Singh's account, is due to perceiving a most intriguing and wondrous structure within the Rukmini tunnel in the entrance to the fourth region. Exactly what this sight is has not been explained by any Radhasoami saint in print. Like all experiences in the upper regions it must be encountered first-hand to be understood, not simply referenced in its decidedly mythological analogies. Bhanwar Gupha is the funnel of the entire creative process from Sach Khand downwards.