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Lineage, Devotion and the Three Roots with Gelong Thubten


24 Nov 2018 to 25 Nov 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

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Teacher: Gelong Thubten


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This weekend course will explain some of the principal points of the practice of Vajrayana, which is the most profound aspect of Lord Buddha’s teachings and the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. In Vajrayana we take refuge in six supports: the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, which are the Three Jewels, and the Three Roots are the Lamas - the source of blessing, the Yidams - the source of accomplishment, and the Protectors and Dakinis - the source of activity.

Through studying the significance of these Six Refuges, we will come to understand the key elements of the Vajrayana path, in particular the importance of devotion and the transmission of lineage.

We will look at the meaning of devotion in the different levels of Buddhist training, and methods for giving rise to it as well as deepening it. We will also learn the meaning of transmission and blessing and the significance of empowerments or initiations. There will also be an explanation of the history of Buddhism in Tibet and the different schools. 

This course will be suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced, and will help to clarify some of the common questions concerning Tibetan Buddhism.

Gelong Thubten

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Gelong Thubten has been a monk since 1993, and for many years served as Akong Tulku Rinpoche's secretary and assistant. Thubten also gives courses at Samye Ling and the Samye Dzong centres.

In his early years as a monk he completed 200 pairs of the Nyung Ney fasting practice in retreat, and more recently he completed a four year retreat and a one year retreat at Samye Ling's long term retreat centre on Arran.

His work also involves teaching meditation in organisations such as companies, hospitals, schools, prisons and the social services.

Thubten is director of Kagyu Samye Dzong Scarborough and a trustee of ROKPA Switzerland.


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