Ven. Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche to give Tonglen teachings

Citizen Matters, Sept 8, 2009

Dhaka, Bangladesh -- The essence of Mahayana Buddhism is developing the mind of great love and compassion that encompasses all living beings without exception. In order to do this we need to overcome the usual self preoccupations and tendencies.

One of the most efficient forms of training in altruism is Tonglen, a Buddhist meditation practice when one visualizes giving love, happiness and success to others and taking their suffering.

This is done in conjunction with one's breathing, for connecting with suffering -ours and that which is all around us- everywhere we go. It is a method for awakening the compassion that is inherent in each and every living being.

Tonglen reverses the usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure and, in the process we learn how not to cling to our ego. This practice introduces us to a far larger view of reality known in Buddhism as ‘shunyata'.

Venerable Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche will explain how to practice Tonglen, how not to be afraid of giving away all your happiness and take others unhappiness. Rinpoche will demonstrate how through one's own suffering one can develop compassion to all living beings.

Venerable Tenzin Gyurme Rinpoche is a highly respected incarnated lama from Sera Jey Monastic University located near Mysore. A brillian student, Rinpoche has been studying Buddhist philosophy for more than 12 years by now, the teaching will be given directly in English.

Schedule: Sunday, September 13, 2009
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Teaching and Guided Meditation session
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Tea break
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM Teaching and Q & A

Venue: Choe Khor Sum Ling Center, Ashwini, No. 24, 1st floor, 3rd Main St, Domlur Layout, Bangalore 560071

Contact info: tel. 080 41486497, +91 99869 44153, e-mail -

Choe Khor Sum Ling Center is a Buddhist Meditation & Study Center for the study and practice of Mahayana Buddhism following the lineage and example of Lord Buddha.

The Center was founded in 2003 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the request of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Courses on various aspects of the Buddhist philosophy and meditation techniques by highly accomplished teachers are offered for free.
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