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Robina Courtin: Presenting the Path
January 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm175kr – 295kr
Robina Courtin: Introduction to “Presenting the Path” – part of Discovering Buddhism
(Please note: This introduction is free for those who sign up for the entire Module 3 of Discovering Buddhism.)
Renowned senior FPMT-teacher, Australian nun Venerable Robina Courtin will introduce the third module of the Discovering Buddhism study program, Presenting the path (intro to the module on Youtube). This module can be studied independently or as part of the Discovering Buddhism Study Program.
Discovering Buddhism is a 14 module study program that is part of the core curriculum of FPMT that we offer at our center. Venerable Robina’s teachings were recorded for the online version of the DB module 3, so having this introduction from her is a wonderful opportunity.
The aim of this 3rd module of DB: you’ll learn how to develop your awareness – step by step – and how to cultivate constructive states of the mind. You´ll get a clear idea of the gradual path to Awakening – Lamrim. You get an overview of Lamrim which is a special arrangement of all Buddha’s teachings that is easy to understand and put into practice. Lamrim literally means “graduated path” or “steps of the path”. You´ll learn about the three scopes, where you fit at your present stage of spiritual development, what you need to do next, and how you get from there to full Awakening.
Awakening all limitless potential of your mind, achieving all peace and happiness
2600 years ago, the historical Buddha, Buddha Shakyamuni gained direct insight into the nature of reality, perfected the qualities of wisdom and compassion, and revealed the path to his disciples. He became ”The one who is Awaken”, which is the literal meaning of ”Buddha”.
In the 11th Century, Atisha brought these teachings to Tibet in the form of the Lamrim – the gradual path to awakening. The Lamrim tradition found its pinnacle in the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa in the 14th Century, and these teachings continued to pass from teacher to student up to this present day.
When Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche transmitted these teachings to their disciples, they imparted a deeply experiential tradition of study and practice, leading thousands of seekers to discover the truth of what the Buddha taught. This tradition is the core of Discovering Buddhism.
Discovering Buddhism – All 14 Modules
(We might teach some of them in a different order)
Each module consists of teachings, meditations, readings, and a short retreat. As a student, you may do some or all of these components of each course, as you wish. Those who complete all the components receive a completion card for that module.
And when all fourteen modules have been completed, students receive a certificate of completion. This certificate awards the satisfaction of having completed a very comprehensive engagement with the studies, and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening, – and/or symbolic for your enthusiasm to deepen your knowledge and practice in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism.
Module 1. Mind and its Potential. – This module has passed.
Module 2. How to Meditate – This module has passed.
Module 3. Presenting the Path – 9-weeks course – starts with Introduction by Venerable Robina January 30 at 18.00, 2019
Module 5. Death and Rebirth – April – May
Module 6. All About Karma – obs. Weekend teachings with Venerable Namgyel April 5-7, 2019
Module 7. Refuge in the Three Jewels
Module 8. Establishing a Daily Practice
Module 9. Samsara and Nirvana
Module 10. How to Develop Bodhichitta
Module 11. Transforming Problems
Module 12. Wisdom of Emptiness
Module 4. The Spiritual Teacher
Module 13. Introduction to Tantra
Module 14. Special Integration Experiences
By undertaking intensive practices of purification and a two-week lam-rim retreat, you prepare your mind in the best way to realize the path to awakening. Purification practices include 100,000 prostrations, 3-month Vajrasattva retreat, and Nyung Nä. This is a great way to seal the blessings of this program.
All of the FPMT study programs and especially Discovering Buddhism are presented within a context that reflects FPMT “Wisdom Culture.“ FPMT offers an entire series of study-programs, from introductory courses to advanced courses such as Basic Program and Masters Program. Discovering Buddhism is an intermediate level – and definitely a good start.
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