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.

Teachings by Khenpo Sherab Sangpo 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

37 Stages of Instructions

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 completing the preliminary practices (ngöndro).

Vajrayana Teachings

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

How to Practice Shamatha and Vipashyana after Completion of the Preliminary Practices

Most people were at the May Retreat in 2019, so they already know how to practice shamatha and vipashyana using the Treasury of Blessings: A Practice of Shakyamuni Buddha.

For those not at the retreat, please watch the videos.

Here is how to practice shamatha and vipashyana for your daily practice when you finish the preliminaries:

Usually we practice the outer preliminaries for 20 minutes every day. Once you finish the preliminaries, you don't have to do that anymore. You should still say the outer preliminaries one time (1x) every day, very slowly with visualizations.

Then, for the inner preliminaries, say the refuge prayer 3x, bodhicitta 3x, Vajrasattva 100-syllable mantra 21x, mandala 1x, guru yoga 1x, and the mantra 100x.

Finish the preliminaries like that.

Then, start the Treasury of Blessings: A Practice of Shakyamuni Buddha according to what I taught at May Retreat in 2019.

At the end, practice either with an object by focusing on the image of Buddha Shakyamuni or without object by focusing on your mind.

Shamatha and vipashyana (in addition to the preliminaries) need to be practiced for at least 30 minutes every single day.

For these instructions, you must watch the 2019 May Retreat videos, if you don't know how to practice shamatha and vipashyana.

Click here for a PDF of these instructions.

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Spiritual Director, Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute

Image of Khenpo Sherab Sangpo and Shakyamuni Buddha.

Meditation with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Our meditation retreats and classes are open to meditators of all levels regardless of whether you are a Buddhist or not. Join us as we listen, meditate, and grow in the Dharma together.

 

2020 Teaching Schedule

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo is on retreat until January 2020. He will resume teaching at Clouds in Water Zen Center with a meditation retreat on Parting from the Four Attachments from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Click here to view a PDF of our 2020 teaching schedule with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo.

Questions? Contact our Teachings Coordinator, Kate Thomas (Gyurmé Chötso), at (651) 647-6767, or email [email protected]

Parting from the Four Attachments

Meditation Retreat with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Retreat Topic: Khenpo Sherab Sangpo will offer teachings and guided meditation on Parting from the Four Attachments, a short teaching spoken by Mañjuśrī to the Sakya patriarch, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo:

If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner.

If you are attached to saṃsāra, you do not have renunciation.
If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhicitta.

If there is grasping, you do not have the view.

When: Saturday, 1/18/20 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Registration opens at 8:30 AM. Please arrive by 8:45 AM and be seated by 9:00 AM.

Teachings, guided meditation and time for your questions will alternate with breaks for tea and vegetarian lunch. Teachings are open to all. Please join us.

Where:

Clouds in Water Zen Center
445 North Farrington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Cost: Teachings open to all. $60 tuition fee. Register online via Formstack or call our Registrar (Colleen) at (520) 404-8489.

Pay your tuition fee of $60 via PayPal or bring a check to the retreat center on January 18, 2020.




 

 

 

Lineage Study Group

  • No class in December 2019
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020, 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020, 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020, 2:00-4:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020, 2:00-4:00 PM
  • No class in May 2020

We meet to practice and to read biographies of teachers from our lineage together.

We use Skype for remote students. Get your account and connect with Colleen Hartwell on Skype by searching for colleen.hartwell. Call Colleen at (520) 404-8489, if you have any issues connecting remotely, or Kelly O'Neil at (952) 201-1053, if you have general questions about the study group.

Location:

Clouds in Water Zen Center
445 North Farrington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Parking: Free parking in Clouds in Water’s parking lot or on-street parking on North Farrington Street or Aurora Street.

Public Transportation: Clouds in Water Zen Center is located three blocks from the Green Line: Western Station.

Suggested Donation: $15, payable via cash or check at the door; or online via PayPal.

How to Benefit Beings by Patrul Rinpoche

How to Benefit Beings by Patrul Rinpoche

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma Lineage (bodhicittasangha.org), offers essential teachings on Patrül Rinpoché’s criteria for benefitting beings in this series of four retreat videos.

How to Relax the Mind [6]

How to Relax the Mind [6]

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma Lineage (bodhicittasangha.org), offers teachings on how to relax our mind and to recognize its innermost nature through teachings on three types of meditation: 1) renunciation mind to lessen our clinging to permanence (permanent self or phenomena); 2) bodhicitta mind to lessen our selfishness and to increase our great love for all beings; and 3) dzogchen mind to recognize the true nature of mind by cutting the root of our ignorance.

Support Us

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!

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