Join us for the weekend to explore the Bodhisattva path of the Six Perfections (generosity, ethics, pateience, enthusiastic effort, concentration, and wisdom). Within the Lam Rim, the purpose of the Six Perfections is to ripen the mind stream and is the very essence of the Mahayana Sutra teachings.
The weekend will consist of teachings, meditation discussions and Q&A – with our higly skilled GesheLa, ask any questions, he can answer! Friday evening will introduce the topic, highlight the main aspects of Bodhichitta and set the Six Perfections in context.
Geshe Soepa has graduated 1993 with the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa, comparable to a Doctor of Philosophy, from Sera Je.
He has taught at Monasteries, spent 7 years as resident lama at Aryatara Institute in Munich and served at the monasteries of Nalanda/France, in London, Toronto and Austin/Texas. He currently resides mainly at Sera Monastery, but spends several months each year to teach at FPMT centers in Europe and America.
Geshe Soepa has extensive knowledge about both Sutra and Tantra, and is not only well versed in the Gelugpa texts, but also in those of the Nyingma, Sakya and Kagyu traditions.
Bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism is an awaken person who is able to reach nirvana, but delays doing so because of compassion for beings. “Nobody will be left behind”.
The six paramitas are qualities of the heart,
– the innate seeds of perfect realisation, which we all have already within us. The paramitas are the very essence of our true nature.
However, these enlightened qualities of the heart have become obscured by delusion, selfishness, and other karmic tendencies – thats why we need to develop these potential qualities and bring them into expression. In this way, the six paramitas are an inner cultivation, a daily practice for wise, compassionate, loving, and enlightened living.
The Sanskrit term paramita is often translated as perfection, perfect realisation. Tibetan word for it means literally “gone to the other shore”: through the practice of these six: we cross over the sea of suffering (samsara) to the shore of happiness and awakening (nirvana). We cross over from ignorance and delusion – to awakening (enlightenment).
To think about: Why is perfection of Generosity the first paramita?
The practice of generosity, the first paramita, is to give what is helpful and good – to give without selfishness:
1/ giving material support, 2/ giving loving kindness, 3/ giving Dharma, 4/ giving protection of fear . This last ones means we need to check our body, speech and mind so that others can feel safe with us.
Cost: 100 kr/50 kr for students/pensioners.
Price: 800 kr (or 400 kr/day). 600 kr (or 300 kr/day) for students/pensioneers. Coffee, tea, and snacks included.