Meditation Teachings

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.

To practice the good heart of love and compassion, there is no need to become a Buddhist. Whoever we are, we need a sincere, non-deceitful, kind heart. If we have it, we will definitely have a happy life and we can powerfully benefit others. The focus of my teachings is to guide my students in developing their bodhicitta, a kind heart filled with love and compassion for all living beings.

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Online Teachings

Watch Khenpo Sherab Sangpo’s weekly teachings and retreats on YouTube. Practice texts are available for download.

All Video Teachings

Supplication Prayer to the Dzogchen Lineage of Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Kate Thomas, a Teaching Assistant for Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, guided group meditation practice on Sunday, July 19. We practiced together The Dzogchen Lineage Transmission of Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a supplication prayer to receive the blessings of our teacher’s lineage to recognize the nature of mind.

Watch the video of the meditation session.

Download a PDF of the class text via the link below:

The Dzogchen Lineage Transmission of Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Tara Di Gesu, Thangka Artist, Longchenpa

37 Practices of the Bodhisattvas

Ann McFadden, a Teaching Assistant for Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, will offer teachings on Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas with guided meditation practice on Sunday, August 30 and October 4, 2015, from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Open to all.

Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas is an important lojong text by Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo. In thirty-seven verses, it gives instructions on how to follow the bodhisattva path. It has been said that the Eight Verses of Training the Mind represents the short version of lojong, the Thirty-Seven Practices is the medium, and the Bodhicharyavatara is the extensive version. With it’s emphasis on mind training, this text gives us practical advice on how to practice, not only during meditation, but in every aspect of our lives.

In short, no matter what we might be doing,
By always examining the status of our mind,
With continuous mindfulness and alertness,
To bring about the good of others—this is the practice of all the bodhisattvas.

Tergar Meditation Center, 706 North 1st Street, Suite 112, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Download PDFs of the class texts via the links below:

Root Text of Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas

Outline of Text of Thirty-Seven Practices of the Bodhisattvas

Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha’s Words on Loving-Kindness

The Four Boundless Qualities



Prayer of Samantabhadra

Mary MacEachen, a Teaching Assistant for Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, will guide group meditation practice on Sunday, September 20, 2015, from 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo taught The Prayer of Samantabhadra in Minneapolis in the spring of 2015, and recommended that students recite it every day or from time to time. We will review the prayer by reciting it together and then discuss the numbers in it. The prayer starts with the number 1: one source, then 2: two paths and two results, and goes on to list many more numbers. This class is open to all whether or not you attended Khenpo’s original teachings. Copies of the prayer will be provided.

Tergar Meditation Center, 706 North 1st Street, Suite 112, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Download a PDF of the class text via the link below:

The Prayer of Samantabhadra

Nagarjuna’s Root Verses on the Middle Way

Steve Tibbetts, a Teaching Assistant for Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, will guide group meditation practice on Sunday, October 18, November 1 and 15, and December 6 and 20, 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

Contemplating Reality: A Practitioner’s Guide to the View in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism  by Andy Karr

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Ngöndro Group Practice

Steve Tibbetts and Mary MacEachen, Teaching Assistants for Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, will host open group meditation practice on Sunday, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13, 2015, from 10 am to 2 pm. Open to all. Students may come and go as their schedule allows.

An open meditation session to support students who are practicing their ngöndro (preliminary practices) or another ritual practice text. Opening prayers, The Heart Sutra, and closing prayers will be provided to recite as a group. Please bring your own individual practice text. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or buy one at Whole Foods nearby. We will take a break for lunch at 12 pm and have time for discussion together over lunch.

Tergar Meditation Center, 706 North 1st Street, Suite 112, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Download a PDF of the ngöndro practice text via the link below:

From the Profound and Secret Heart Essence of the Dakinis—The Chariot of Liberation—Instructions on the Preliminary Practices

Practice Curriculum

Videos and Resources for the Buddhist Path

Beginning Meditation

PRACTICE RESOURCES for students beginning to learn about meditation and cultivating love and compassion.

Entering the Path

PRACTICE RESOURCES for students who are preparing to enter the Buddhist path by taking refuge vows.

Preliminary Practices

PRACTICE RESOURCES for students who are studying completing the preliminary practices (ngöndro).

Vajrayana Teachings

PRACTICE RESOURCES for students who are on the path of the Vajrayana and Great Perfection (Dzogchen).

Now Available:

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.

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If you enjoy learning about meditation and Tibetan Buddhism via Khenpo Sherab Sangpo’s online teachings, please make a donation to support us. We are a 100% volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization that relies on our donors to make Khenpo’s teachings possible. Thank you for your generosity and kindness!


Our Mission

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.

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