Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center is pleased to host the following class resuming Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
Lam Rim, the Gradual Path to Enlightenment
Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30pm
Bodhi Tree Center
5403 SE Center St.
Portland, OR 97206
All levels of students welcome.
$10 suggested donation each class.
This ongoing class is taught by senior students, Karma Zopa (Kathleen Herron) and Cat Wilson. In our weekly meetings, we explore the Lam Rim teachings, briefly meditate on the teachings, then through group discussion we apply what we learn about the teachings to our daily lives.
You may drop in or attend all sessions. As always, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Your dana (a generosity offering) will help to cover expenses for this class.
The Buddha gave teachings in order to share with us his realizations about the path to enlightenment. In the early 11th century, the Indian Buddhist master Atisha condensed essential points from the Buddha’s teachings and wrote them in the text, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. This was expanded upon in the 14th century by the Tibetan Buddhist master, Lama Tzong Khapa in the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment, the Lam Rim Chenmo.
These teachings are very practical. They offer methods to help us understand our circumstances and eventually uncover our own Buddha Nature. The teachings give us the tools to deal with everyday difficulties, and show us how to live meaningful lives.
Recommended Texts (not required)
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Geshe Lhundup Sopa
Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path, Venerable Thubten Chodron
Practicing the Path, Yangtse Rinpoche