Prajna                                      dedicated to spreading wisdom

Fundamentals of 
Buddhism III
with Cassandra 
deLarios
Fridays 9:30-11:30am

I hope you'll join me for this final overview of the Buddhist path.  

 

May 23  Anger and Joy

May 30  The Chain of Pain                 and Solution

June  6  The Art of Reason

June 13  The Good Heart

June 20 Karma

June 27 Literal and                               Figurative

   

Opportunities and Change
Dear Friends,

     Geshe Michael Roach, a somewhat controversial figure, has changed the face of American Buddhism in many ways.  After spending some 20 years at the feet of his teacher, He earned the very rare title of Geshe which means something like a doctorate in Tibetan Buddhism.  The major books and subjects of his studies became the 18 Asian Classics Institute courses which are available for free online.  It has been a great honor and blessing for me to have taught these courses for 7 years.  They are detailed, thorough, and enable the student to access the same type of information traditionally only available to monks.  Many of the courses contain a lot of Tibetan language, as one of Geshela's holy tasks has been to train translators for the preservation of Tibet's holy scriptures (Asian Classics Input Project).  

     The institute only asks that if you wish to be certified to teach the courses, you take the three review courses in person.  This final course is the last of the three.  It covers the following topics:  Chapters 7-9 of Master Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, Logic as a method for cutting through suffering, developing a good heart (lojong), and a presentation on the fine distinctions between the higher schools of thought in Tibetan Buddhism.  This will be my final offering of these ACI courses and the last opportunity for anyone who wishes to hear them or complete certification requirements.  Future teachings will be by invitation or request only.
 
     My own close teacher of the same lineage, Lama Sumati Marut has further distilled the courses (sans Tibetan) into Dharma Essentials courses, also available for free to anyone who wishes to learn dharma in a very accessible and practical way. Lamaji (aka Brian Smith) is Professor Emeritus of religious studies at University of California.  He has translated many Sanskrit works such as the Bhagavad Gita and Vijnana Bhairava Tantra.  He is also the author of the popular  A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life , and Be Nobody, which will be coming out this summer.  Lamaji has students all over the world and is spiritual director of eight Middle Way centers in North America, Australia and Singapore.  
 
     Humorous and sometimes irreverent, Lama Marut has a way of making even the most esoteric of subjects accessible and applicable to daily life.  His most recent focus is to morph the presentation of the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) so it may be grounded in modern life, rather than some exotic indulgence.  It is the next evolution in American Buddhism.  Lama Marut will be making a rare Texas appearance in Austin July 26-29, which I highly recommend you take advantage of:   
  • Friday, July 26, 7-8 PM: Talk and book signing
    (free event)
    Book People
    603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
    www.bookpeople.com
  • Saturday, July 26, 2-4 PM:
    "Life as Art, Work as Play"
    ($20 in advance; $25 at the door)
    Dharma Yoga (Guadalupe location)
    3110 Guadalupe, Austin
    www.dharma-yoga.net
  • Four Sessions: New MWC Course
    July 26, 7-8:30 PM;  July 28, 5:30-7:00 PM and 8-9:30 PM;  July 29, 7-8:30 PM
    "The Eight Components of a Yogic Lifestyle"
    ($15 per session) All classes held at:
    One Center Austin
    1518 West Koenig, Austin
    Event Facebook Link: http://goo.gl/g8MGO8
    Sponsored by Inner Jewel Dharma
    innerjeweldharmaaustin.com
  • Sunday, July 27, 2:30-4:30 PM:
    "Virtue is its Own Reward: How Karma Really Works"
    ($20 in advance; $25 at the door)
    East Side Yoga
    1050 E. 11th St., Suite 150, Austin
    www.eastsideyoga-austin.com
  • Sunday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 PM:
    "Who the Hell Am I? Unraveling the Mysteries of Self-Identity"
    ($20 until July 26, $25 thereafter)
    Yoga Yoga Westlake
    2501 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin
    http://www.yogayoga.com/event/evening-lama-marut

you may contact Denise Deniger or Karl Whiting for more information.  

 

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