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The Two Bodhicittas | Geshe Kelsang Wangmo
January 23 @ 6:30 pm - January 24 @ 8:30 pm
About this teaching
As Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains: “Buddhism talks about two bodhichittas, conventional bodhichitta and ultimate bodhichitta. […] conventional bodhichitta is the mind wishing to become enlightened in order to benefit all sentient beings, and ultimate bodhichitta is the wisdom that realizes emptiness in the mind of a superior bodhisattva. Both are needed for enlightenment, and neither is possible without renunciation. So renunciation, wisdom, and bodhichitta are all needed.”
Within these two concepts of relative and ultimate bodhicittas, therefore, we find distilled the entire Bodhisattva path. We are honoured that Geshe Kelsang Wangmo has kindly accepted our invitation to teach on this subject over two evenings.
- Tuesday 23 January & Wednesday 24 January | 18:30 – 20:30
About the teacher
In 2011, after twenty-one years of intensive study, Kelsang Wangmo, a German-born Tibetan Buddhist nun, has become the first woman to receive the prestigious geshe degree
Geshe Kelsang Wangmo was the first – and until 2016 only – woman to be awarded a Geshe title (only for monastics, it is equivalent to a PhD in Buddhist philosophy). She was born in Germany and took ordination as a nun in 1991. She later enrolled in the traditional Geshe curriculum at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) in Dharamsala (a program 17 years in duration) and was awarded the Geshe title in 2011. Since 2004 Geshe Kelsang Wangmo has been teaching Buddhist philosophy classes in English in Dharamsala, following the curriculum of the IBD. During His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Hamburg/Germany in 2014, His Holiness announced that Geshe Kelsang Wangmo is the first female Geshe.
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