Photo courtesy of Lawrence Causey
First Thursday Public Talks
Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim
On the first Thursday of each month--exceptions will be noticed here--Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim gives a dharma talk that is open to the public on a variety of buddhist topics. The talks are held at the Nalanda Dharma Center begin at 7:00 PM.
Thursday, December 5th
The Four Noble Truths - in Detail
Most of us know the broad outline of the four noble truths. However the teaching of the four noble truths goes much deeper than many of us understand. In this talk Geshe will plumb the depths of the Four Noble Truths. That exploration will include how to use and apply this most fundamental of Buddhist principles in daily life. For beginners, the talk will be an excellent introduction to the topic. For experienced practitioners, it will expand and extend your understanding and ability to apply the four noble truths. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the first teaching of the Buddha explained by an accomplished teacher with a deep understanding of classical Buddhism and extensive experience of modern western life.___________________
Thursday, November 14th
Teachers in Buddhism
Teachers are an important part of the Buddhist path. Tibetan tradition stresses that it's a student's responsibility to assess the qualities of a teacher. At the November talk, Geshe Jamyang will facilitate this student responsibility by reviewing his life's journey from young Tibetan exile to accomplished Dharma Teacher, mental health counselor and professor. Geshe will discuss his experiences in the exile communities and in India generally, his monastic training, his teaching and translating in India and Nepal, and his major teachers and inspirations. He will use some of the historic photos that played at the 25 year celebration.
Thursday, October 3rd
Mindfulness and Self-Compassion
Geshe Jamyang will resume his first Thursday teachings in October. He will talk on two core topics of the Nalanda meditation training program: mindfulness and self-compassion. This will be an especially good topic for newer Nalanda members. It will cover:
- How to meditate and achieve mindfulness and compassion including self-compassion
- The importance of such meditations
- The application of such meditation in daily life
We do ask for a $15 donations for these monthly talks, however, if necessary, its acceptable to give what you can for these talks.
Thursday, May 2nd
Basic Goodness: Our Fundamental Human Nature
Geshe Jamyang's monthly teaching in May will discuss an important topic -- the Buddhist understanding of our fundamental nature as conscious beings. Come and learn more about this important truth. Bring your questions. Is basic goodness truely our nature? How do Buddhists know this? If this is true, why is society so screwed up? What does this have to do with meditation? Why do we even need a spiritual path if this is the case? To engage with Buddhism is to question. Geshe is an excellent source of knowledgeable and dependable answers.
Thursday, April 4, 7 pm
Geshe will define and discuss the principle of unconditional or "radical" acceptance and how it can be used to help us resolve issues and problems in our lives. Radical acceptance is a modern term currently being applied to fundamental Buddhist principles found in the Four Noble Truths and also in the Lojong, or Mind Training, disciplines. This interesting topic can be expressed in both modern and classical terms as follows:
- Distress x avoidance = suffering and its cycle (samsara)
- Distress x acceptance = relief from the suffering and its cycle (Nirvana)
Thursday, March 7
Dealing with Emotion
Thursday, February 7
Preparing for Dying and Death:
Guiding our mind at final stages of life
Tibetan Buddhism has a detailed view of what happens at the time of death and afterwards. That understanding leads to excellent instruction on how to approach life's final stages. Note: Geshe's talk will be excellent preparation for the Mar 17 guest speaker