Madhyamika the Supreme Knowledge of Prajnaparamita
Offered by a special guest
Saturday 30 June & Sunday 1 July
542 Station Street Box Hill
Nalandra takes pleasure in welcoming a special guest teacher, Venerable Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe, who will deliver four teaching sessions over the weekend of 30 June – 1 July 2018. A private audience with Khenpo-la can also be arranged through our co-ordinator Sharon Zhang (email@example.com/ 04338 45289).
Khenpo-la is the founder and spiritual director of Drogmi Buddhist Institute in NSW. He has been a monk for more than 40 years and is one of a few students of Khenchen Abbey Rinpoche Yonten Sangpo of Sakya College, selected to be a Khenpo/Abbott. This the equivalent of professor and given only to the most accomplished students. He is highly respected in Australia and internationally for his profound knowledge and clarity of his inspirational teachings. For more on his biography see here.
The Buddhist scriptures are laid down into three baskets known as the tri-pitakas (the Vinaya-pitaka, Sutra-pitaka and Abhidharma-pitaka). In the Mahayana and Theravadin Buddhist traditions, monks will recite tri-pitakas every morning, and they are also a source of wisdom and instruction for meditation. These are collective teachings from Buddha’s three sermons during his lifetime, and represent the beginning of Buddhism after Buddha’s parinirvana. The Madyamika teaching as such derives from the Sutra-pitaka.
To maintain the ancient connection, it is traditional to receive an oral transmission and instruction on sutras from a living abbott. It is therefore our good fortune that Khenpo-la has generously accepted Rinpoche’s request to visit Nalandra whilst he is in retreat. Khenpo-la’s pragmatic understanding and abundant knowledge of the Dharma make this an opportunity not to be missed. These holy teachings of Nagarjuna and his peerless followers will unfold dormant knowledge and light up joy, as Khenpo-la translates the Buddha’s pearls into contemporary language. This will no doubt complement Rinpoche’s ongoing Mahamudra teachings as well.
Session 1, Saturday 30 June, 10am-12pm
The aspirational thought/Bodhichitta, a spontaneous wish to attain enlightenment motivated by compassion for all sentient beings, accompanied by the falling away of the attachment to the illusion of an inherently existing self.
Session 2, Saturday 30 June, 2pm-4pm
The 12 interdependent links, a doctrine of Buddhism where each link is asserted as a primary casual relationship between the connected links.
Session 3, Sunday 1 July, 10am-12pm
The 16 emptinesses/shunyata, a Buddhist concept which has multiple meanings depending on its doctrinal context.
Session 4, Sunday 1 July, 2pm-4pm
A summary of the Madyamika view/absolute reality.
Please note that you must attend the first session to attend the others.
Venue: 542 Station Street Box Hill.
Free onsite parking is available (entry via Harrow Street). The venue is a two minute walk from Box Hill train station. There are also many restaurants nearby for lunch, or you can bring your own. Tea and coffee will be provided.
Full weekend: $120/$100 mandala members/concession
Saturday only: $70/$60
Single session (Saturday morning) $35/$30
NOTE: Please book online using our secure payment method (PayPal).
One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world. Buddha