The Spiritual Friend - with Lama Zangmo
WhoTeacher: Lama Gelongma Zangmo
Anyone is welcome to attend this event!
We all need guidance on how to change our old negative habits and how to live according to ethics and the Dharma. Therefore we need teachers and guides who can lead us along the path.
This course will cover topics such as the need for a spiritual teacher; the qualities needed in a student; the three types of Dharma person; the benefits of faith and devotion and the need for intelligent discernment on the spiritual path.
The Tibetan word for spiritual friend literally means “friend in goodness”. This is a friend who can lead us towards goodness, who can guide us on the path of virtue and ethics. A spiritual friend can lead us on the path that will eliminate suffering and guide us onto the path of happiness and goodness.
There are five topics on a spiritual friend.
- First is the reason why we need a spiritual friend.
- Second are the different types of spiritual friends.
- Third the characteristics of each type of spiritual friend.
- Fourth, how we should relate to and rely on a spiritual friend.
- Fifth, the benefits that come from relying on a spiritual friend.
Lama Zangmo will give explanation on these and other related topics, and there will also be time for meditation.
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddhist teachings and can be attended as a course on its own or as part of the monthly Introduction to Buddhism series which comprises 5 one day teachings:
- Introduction to Buddhism - 8th February
- The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind to the Dharma - 7th March
- Taking Refuge and Entering the Buddhist Path - 11th April
- The Spiritual Friend - 9th May
- Cultivating Bodhicitta, Loving Kindness and Compassion - 13th June
Suitable for anyone wishing to gain more familiarity with the Buddhist teachings.
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