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).

Meditation with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Our meditation retreats and classes are open to students regardless of whether you are a Buddhist or not. We welcome you to join us if you would like to learn how to meditate or if you are curious about Buddhist philosophy.

 

How to Relax the Mind Class Series

An ongoing meditation class series open to all levels of meditators taught by Khenpo Sherab Sangpo. Please join us Saturdays from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, to listen, study, and contemplate the Buddhadharma together.

Please arrive by 1:45 PM and take your seat by 2:00 PM in the shrine room.

Class Schedule:

  • February 23, 2019
  • March 2, 2019
  • March 23, 2019
  • April 6, 2019
  • May 18, 2019

Topic: Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma Lineage, offers teachings on how to relax and rest in the nature of mind. This ultimate wisdom, our buddha nature, is innate and natural to everyone, but temporarily covered by delusion and confusion. If we break through confusion, we can relax our mind, and with wisdom, we can solve all of our problems. To do this, we need discipline (the method), meditation (the path), and wisdom (the goal).

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.



 

37 Stages of Instructions

The 37 Stages of Instructions teachings on March 30 and June 8, 2019, are open to students who have received prior approval from Khenpo Sherab Sangpo to attend. No drop-ins to this class series. These students have committed to a five-year practice schedule as a group. Thank you for your understanding.

Questions?

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

 

Lineage Study Group

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019

We meet from 7:00 to 9:00 PM to practice and 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) 404-848, if you have any issues connecting.

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.

 



March 16, 2019 | Meditation Retreat with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Introduction to the Bardo

Topic: Khenpo Sherab Sangpo will offer teachings and guided meditation on the bardo teachings of natural liberation by Padmasambhava (8th century). This great master concealed these treasure teachings to benefit future generations by providing us with practical instructions for dealing with the natural transitions of the six bardos that we all experience during the course of our life from birth to death and beyond.

Open to all levels of meditators who wish to learn more about Buddhist philosophy and deepen their meditation practice. Please join us!

Location:

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

Date: Retreat is from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Doors open at 8:30 AM for registration.

Please arrive by 8:45 AM and be seated by 9:00 AM in the shrine room.

If you arrive late, text Kate Thomas at (651) 647-6767, to open the doors to the center for you. We cannot hear the doorbell in the shrine room, so texting is your best option to gain entry after the retreat has started.

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.

Lunch: Please bring a vegetarian dish to share at our potluck lunch, if you wish. Tea will be provided for breaks between sessions.

Blessing Ceremony: We will have a blessing ceremony at the end of the retreat. Bring a prayer scarf (khata) to offer, if you wish.

If you have questions about volunteering at our retreat, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kelly O'Neil, at (952) 201-1053, or [email protected]

If you have questions about registration, please contact our Registrar, Colleen Hartwell, at (520) 404-8489, or [email protected]

If you have questions about our teachings, please contact our Teachings Coordinator, Kate Thomas (Gyurmé Chötso), at (651) 647-6767, or email [email protected]





Retreat Tuition: $60 payable online via PayPal. Cash or check ("Bodhicitta Sangha") at registration table on day of retreat.

Video Teachings with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

How to Benefit Beings by Patrul Rinpoche

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma Lineage, offers essential teachings on Patrul Rinpoche’s criteria for benefitting beings in this series of four retreat videos. Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887) was a great master in the Nyingma Lineage. He was considered an emanation of Shantideva and venerated in Tibet for his profound teachings on A Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva’s Life. Each video ends with a guided meditation: 1) analytical meditation to investigate your own commitment to benefit others; 2) meditation on exchanging one’s own body for another’s body to develop compassion; 3) single-pointed meditation to develop meditative concentration with awareness; and 4) recitation of bodhicitta prayers by Shantideva (685-763), the great bodhisattva from India.

Click the link to read the complete text of Patrul Rinpoche’s Nine Considerations and Criteria for Benefiting Beings.

Bodhicitta Prayers by Shantideva

May all beings everywhere,
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind,
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.

May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.

May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.

May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food.
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.

May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy.
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.

May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests.
May all medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.

May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power
And may people think of benefiting each other.

For as long as space exists,
For as long as beings endure,
Until then, may I too remain,
To dispel the suffering of all beings.

Shantideva

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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