1:00pm Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhicitta, Part 4 (Zoom)
May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT
Teaching by Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche
With English translation by Amalia Rubin and Mandarin Chinese translation by Zoe Ni
Sunday, May 16
Time: 1:00 pm, PT
There is no class fee, but donations are accepted at www.sakya.org/donate/
Join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/93584975857?pwd=VjVDeHpJZFEzVkhhZlJ3NzVCRlFiUT09
Meeting ID: 935 8497 5857
Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhicitta is a presentation of the two bodhicittas, conventional and ultimate. Verse by verse Nagarjuna presents the philosophical views of reality by non-Buddhist and other Buddhist schools, identifying their assertions and showing their flaws, leading the student to the highest philosophical view, the Madhyamika. Nagarjuna then presents many approaches to realize the emptiness of the person and of the aggregates, focusing especially on the emptiness of the mind. e then gives an explanation of the two truths followed by a presentation of interdependence, the king of reasonings. Finally, he explains the need to develop conventional bodhicitta, the wish to attain buddhahood for the sake of all sentient beings. Although the Commentary on Bodhicitta is a short text, it covers the philosophical views of many schools and is very rich in meaning.
Ven. Khenpo Jampa Rinpoche comes to us from the Dzongsar Insitute in North India, where he taught and served as library director for many years. He received his Degree of Acharya after nine years of study and graduated from Dzongsar University with a Ph.D. in philosophy. Following his 13 years of study, he was ordained an Abbott (Khenpo) in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He spent seventeen years studying with his main teacher, H.E. Khenchen Kunga Wangchuk. He also spent three years of silent retreat in Tibet. He has received empowerments from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and from many great masters including H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. Sakya Trichen, H.H. Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa, and H.E. Dzongsar Khyentse. He now teaches intermediate and advanced level classes on Buddhist philosophy, sutra and highest yoga tantra all over the world. He is also the founder and president of Tibetan Education Foundation, as well as the former president (2014-15) of the International Association of Non-sectarian Tibetan Religious Traditions (IANTRT) of North America. Additionally, he was the President (2017-19) of the North America Sakya Monlam World Peace Foundation.