The Essence of the Mahayana – Live Teachings at the Center
with Khenpo Samdup
The main emphasis of Khenpo Samdup’s 2018 teachings at Gar Drolma will be an extensive and thorough presentation of Jigten Sumgon’s renowned text The Essence of the Mahayana (Thekchen Tenpai Nyingpo).
This text presents the main stages of the path of practice in the Drikung Kagyu Tradition. It begins with a discussion of the 4 Thoughts and how to follow a spiritual teacher, continues with Refuge, Bodhicitta and the Bodhicitta vows, and concludes with a presentation of the Vajrayana, including the stages of the Five Fold Mahamudra. Khenpo Samdup has composed and published a commentary on this classic text and will be using it as the basis of his explanation. This book can be purchased here.
After completing the Essence of the Mahayana teachings, Khenpo will give two weekends of teachings on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. This text explains the path of mind training in the Mahayana tradition in 37 beautiful verses. Garchen Rinpoche constantly references this text and asks his disciples to read, contemplate and meditate upon its meaning.
Online Course Option for 2018 Teachings
These teachings will also be offered via live stream and as an online course. More Information on the Online Course.