Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute is a non-profit organization offering Tibetan Buddhist meditation classes and retreats taught by Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma lineage. Khenpo Sherab Sangpo’s teachings are open to all who wish to awaken bodhicitta via teachings and meditation practices that generate compassion and loving-kindness for all living beings.
Meditation with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
Khenpo Sherab Sangpo will give teachings and lead guided meditation on Sunday, December 20, 2015, from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Open to all. No need to preregister. Please arrive so that we can start the opening prayers at 10:00 am. Bodhicitta Sangha-Minneapolis meditates at Tergar Meditation Center, 706 North 1st Street, Suite 112, Minneapolis, MN 55401.
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Our mission is to make bodhicitta, the precious mind of enlightenment, the basis for all we do. As a spiritual community (sangha), we study the Buddhist teachings as laid out in the progressive stages of the tradition of the lineage gurus, doing so correctly and in such a way that fits our own mental capacity; with an altruistic attitude. We welcome other faithful students who are interested in joining our spiritual community by introducing and explaining the beneficial qualities of the Buddha’s teachings. We benefit and befriend all students who have entered into spiritual practice by acting with a sense of propriety and conscientiousness. We create opportunities for students to meet together and discuss the Buddha’s sacred teachings; without any sense of envy or bias. We study with qualified spiritual teachers; contemplating and meditating on the stainless literary traditions of the Sutra and Mantra without sectarian bias.
In short, the mission of Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute is for each of us to be our own spiritual teacher, constantly working to ensure that our physical, verbal, and mental activities are made meaningful by maintaining mindfulness and awareness.
Nagarjuna’s Root Verses on the Middle Way
Steve Tibbetts, a Teaching Assistant for Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, will guide group meditation practice on Sunday, December 6, 2015, from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Open to all.
We will look at the Middle Way view as put forth by Nagarjuna and consider why Vajrayana teachers believe an understanding of this view is essential for practice in the Dzogchen and Mahamudra lineages. We’ll consider a few key passages from his Mulamadhyamakakarika (The Root Verses on the Wisdom of the Middle Way), and try to come to a practical understanding of how this view can clarify our own practice. That which arises interdependently Does not cease and does not arise. It is not nothing and not eternal. It does not come and does not go. It is not different and not the same. To the one who teaches peace, The pacification of all projections, To the most sublime of all who speak: To the perfect Buddha, I pay homage!
Tergar Meditation Center, 706 North 1st Street, Suite 112, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Suggested reading list:
Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
The Sun of Wisdom: Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
Class Handouts (PDF):
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Practice CurriculumVideos and Resources for the Buddhist Path
Ngöndro Curriculum with videos and practice texts.
Outer Preliminaries and Inner Preliminaries
Meditation Advice for Beginners
- Sit down in whatever position suits you the best.
- Meditate no longer than 20 or 30 minutes.
- Practice in short periods frequently.
- Keep your meditation practice simple and natural. Don’t make it complicated.
- Practice a few minutes every day.
- Don’t worry about your thoughts and don’t follow them.
- Begin your practice by correcting your motivation and generate a kind heart with bodhicitta.
- Practice your meditation with the aspiration to benefit all living beings.
- End your practice by dedicating the merit to benefit all living beings.
- Remember the three supreme methods of motivation, contemplation, and dedication whenever you practice.