Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30, 2022
Full class schedule below
$150 | In-person at Tibet House US
“The three higher trainings in ethical conduct, concentration, and wisdom are essential elements of the path to liberation and full awakening.”
— His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps, volume 4 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion.
Join us for an in-person weekend workshop with internationally recognized teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, Geshe Pema Dorjee, as he delves into the Three Higher Practices—ethical conduct, concentration, and wisdom—over the course of three days. Class sessions will include discussion, review of previous session materials, Q&A, and meditations. A recommended text for this class is How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (translated by Jeffrey Hopkins); copies will be available to purchase at Tibet House US.
- Ethical Conduct
Ethical conduct is the foundation of all Buddhist practices. Ethical conduct means to refrain from doing harm (to ourselves and others). Overcoming the 10 destructive paths, we seek to do no harm through body, speech, or mind. A mind that causes harm is a mind that is afflicted with self-centeredness. Moreover, ethical conduct is essential to developing mindfulness and introspective awareness, which are the basis for concentration.
The only tool that we have with which to increase happiness and decrease suffering is our mind itself. How can we sharpen our mind? By learning and practicing concentration (also known as meditative concentration, meditative stability, single-pointed meditation, and calm-abiding meditation). The scattered mind cannot see clearly. The mind that can focus and concentrate can develop the wisdom that is necessary to eliminate suffering and achieve lasting happiness.
Wisdom requires not only ethical conduct and meditative concentration but also analytical meditation. Wisdom means realizing emptiness. But what is emptiness? And what does realizing mean? Is the self empty? Do things exist? What are the two truths, and what is the Middle Way? The answers to these and related questions must be analyzed and understood because only a realization of emptiness can eliminate self-attachment and all destructive emotions and thus achieve either nirvana or enlightenment.
Saturday 10/29 & Sunday 10/30
10am–4pm ET (lunch break from 12:15–1:45pm)