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Tenets: Open Day with Geshe Namdak
June 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
About this Open Day
Jamyang Buddhist Centre London is currently midway through its current cycle of Basic Programme, an in-depth study programme on Buddhist philosophy and practice that has been designed by FPMT. Although registration for full enrolment has closed, we are opening up each subject to Observer students. Observers will be able to watch the teachings via a private YouTube link.
The first subject to be opened to Observer students is Tenets. Based on the idea that the Buddha taught different things to different people in line with their capacities, Tibetan scholars systemised the numerous trends in Indian Buddhist thought and taught the four schools of tenets as a means to approach the most profound philosophical teachings by way of gradually more accessible levels.
The subject has a reputation for being quite dry and academic. However, a thorough understanding of Tenets enriches our experience of the various stages of the Buddhist path. Join Geshe Namdak for this open day, where he will discuss the importance of Tenets in the context of Buddhist practice, explain why spending three weekends this summer studying the subject is a worthwhile endeavour, and answer your questions.
About Geshe Namdak
Geshe Tenzin Namdak first worked as an environmental researcher having graduated in hydrology from Van Hall Larenstein University, The Netherlands. He started studying Buddhism at Maitreya Institute in 1993 and took ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama before engaging in his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and psychology at Sera Jey Monastic University, South India, in 1997. He completed the entire twenty-year Geshe program at Sera Jey in 2017 and the traditional one-year Vajrayana study program at Gyume Tantric College in January 2019, the first Westerner to do so. Currently, he is the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, and teaches worldwide. Because of his deep interest and background in science, and as a member of Sera Jey’s Education Department, he spoke on and organised various dialogues and conferences on contemporary science and ancient Buddhist contemplative wisdom of the mind and its philosophy.