Classes on Mind Training and The Path to Full Awakening of the Buddha: The Lam Rim

Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center is hosting classes and discussions on The Buddha’s Teachings on Mind Training and The Path to Full Awakening of the Buddha: The Lam Rim

Classes will meet Wednesdays, September 9 – October 14th.

Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
Bodhi Tree Center
5403 SE Center St.
Portland, OR 97206

The Buddha said, There is nothing easier to tame than the Mind and nothing more dangerous than an untamed Mind. Come and get support to tame the mind and heart from a wise, caring group .

This ongoing class is taught by senior students, Karma Zopa 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.

Class Description
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 Je Tsongkhapa 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)
For the LAM RIM:

  • Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment – 3 volumes by Lama TsongKhapa, Shambala Publications, 2000.
  • Steps on the Path to Enlightenment by Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Wisdom Publications, 2004.
  • Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path by Venerable Thubten Chodron, Snow Lion Publications, 2007.


  • The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul, trans. by Ken McLeod, Shambala Classics, 2005.
  • The Seven Point Mind Training (2nd ed.) by B. Alan Wallace,  Snow Lion, 2012.
  • Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron, Shambala Classics, 2001.

For more information about the class, contact Zopa at

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Visiting Phukhang Khangtsen Monks

At the request of our teacher Geshe Kalsang Damdul, Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center is sponsoring a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Phukhang Khangtsen monastery in South India who are touring the West coast through October of this year.

These monks are currently in Portland, OR, which is their home base, and will be returning here a few times over the course of the next five months or so. They have come to the U.S. to raise funds for their temple building, which is under construction now. Offerings received by the monks will be taken back home for their temple building fund. Your kind donation will be tax-deductible when made through STBC.

At your request, these monks will be available to offer:

  • Blessing ceremonies at private homes, businesses, newly-purchased buildings, ancestral lands, bodies of water, and so on.
  • Visitations to pray for those in hospitals or hospice centers.
  • Specific pujas (prayer ceremonies) to be done at your request, either at your site or, if you’d prefer, from their residence.

It is traditional to offer a meal to visiting monks. If you are interested in offering this while they are here, please let us know and we will make an arrangement with you.

If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to call:

  • Cat Wilson (360) 608-1067 cell / (360) 433-2739 home
  • Tenzin Sherab (971) 284-1132 cell

We look forward to seeing you!

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Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center Prayer Booklets

Our prayer booklets are available in a convenient format for saving and printing.

Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center Prayer Book

Tonglen Prayer Book

Medicine Buddha Prayer Book

After you print the prayer booklet, please remember that it is a sacred text and to treat it as such. Store the booklet carefully. If you need to dispose of it, burn it.

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Shakyamuni Tibetan Buddhist Center Tonglen Group

2nd and 4th Mondays of the month
The Bodhi Tree Center.

Join a dedicated group of practitioners to perform the practice of tonglen, also known as giving and receiving meditation. Develop equanimity, compassion, and wisdom in yourself. Effect healing in others.
Tonglen Prayer Book

Contact Linda Marshall for more information.

Bodhi Tree Center. 5403 SE Center Street, Portland, OR 97206
One block south of SE Foster, at 54th Ave. and Center St.

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