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Date: Monday 30th July 2018
Teaching: Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa
09.30 – 16:30 at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, 31 St.Paul’s Street, LS1 2JG
Public Talk: The Importance of Compassion and Altruism in Modern Time
18:30 – 20:00 at the Plaza Hotel, Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 5NS (5 mins walk from the train station)
Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds is pleased to announce Ven. Dagri Rinpoche has kindly accepted an invitation to teach and give a public talk in Leeds on Monday 30th July 2018.
This event is a rare opportunity to receive authentic Mahayana Buddhist teachings on the classic lojong text Eight Verses of Training the Mind from a highly regarded Tibetan Buddhist Lama of the Gelug lineage (the lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama).
Lojong (mind-training) teachings are quintessential Mahayana teachings. They help us to understand the mind and to overcome the self-cherishing attitudes and self-grasping that stop us realising our innate capacity for compassion, wisdom and joy.
The Eight Verses of Training the Mind is one of the most important texts from the lojong genre. This root text was written by the eleventh-century meditation master Geshe Langri Tangpa. His Holiness the Dalai Lama refers to this work as one of the main sources of his own inspiration.
Ven. Dagri Rinpoche will be teaching this short but profound text of eight stanzas during the day, and in the evening giving a public talk at the Park Plaza Hotel on ‘The Importance of Compassion and Altruism in Modern Times’.
This event (both the teaching and public talk) is open to Buddhists, non-Buddhists, and anyone with a genuine interest in hearing authentic Buddhist teachings. All welcome.
Suggested Donation: £60 teaching / £6 public talk
SESSION 1 – 09:30 -10:45
SESSION 2 – 11.15 – 12.30
SESSION 3 – 13:30 – 14:45
SESSION 4 – 15:15 – 16:30
PUBLIC TALK – 18:30 – 20:00 (Park Plaza Hotel)
Please note: Rinpoche teaches in Tibetan with an English interpreter. A copy of the Eight Verses of Training the Mind will be available for everyone at the teaching.
About Ven. Dagri Rinpoche – An Extraordinary Lama
Dagri Rinpoche has lived an extraordinary life. Born in Tibet in 1958, he grew up during the Chinese Communist Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. Although he was recognised at an early age as the reincarnation of Pari (Dagri) Dorje Chang, one of the very great Geshes of Lhasa (the capital of Tibet), the political situation in Tibet prohibited religious training. Like other Tibetans, Rinpoche experienced great hardship during these years. He attended the ordinary government school and held various ordinary jobs including as a truck driver and as a coal miner. Even in such humble conditions, everyone who knew him was moved by his outstanding inner qualities—his warm heart, his spiritual presence, and his care for others. In 1978, the Communist government relaxed the religious restrictions somewhat and Rinpoche went to the capital city of Lhasa, where he was ordained as a monk. There, he began to study Buddhist philosophy and helped to restore Tibetan monasteries. Outside of Tibet, many students of Rinpoche’s previous incarnation—including Jangtse Choje Rinpoche, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Lama Thubten Yeshe, and Geshe Lama Konchog — were encouraging Rinpoche to leave Tibet for India. They made requests, wrote letters, and eventually helped to make travel preparations and obtain travel documents for him. Rinpoche left Tibet in 1982 and began 17 years of Buddhist philosophical studies at Sera Je Monastery in South India. He received the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest qualification obtainable, and was first in his class during subsequent training at the Gyumed Tantric College. Ven. Dagri Rinpoche is one of few reincarnated Lamas who preserves the pure lineage initiations, transmissions and blessings of both sutra and tantra from all 4 traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Since 2001 Rinpoche has taught the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) across Asia, Europe, and North America. He is especially involved with supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the work of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT.