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SUNDAY JUNE 07, 2020 at 2:00pm 
FOUR HUNDRED STANZAS ON THE MIDDLE WAY
CHAPTER ONE - ABANDONING BELIEF IN PERMANENCE
WRITTEN BY ARYADEVA
GESHE TENZIN SHERAP 
 

   

Geshe Sherap begann to teach the 400 Stanzas on the Middle Way on June 07, 2020 and will continue until all 16 chapters are completed. Geshela taught the text once before from February 2017 to September 2019. 

Madhyamika is a philosophy of the middle way between two impossible extremes, that of reified or objective existence  and that of total non-existence.

Madhyamika philosophy demonstrates through the use of reasoning that though things do not exist independently and concretely as they seem to do, they neverless exist: their mode of existence is a dependent one.

 

AryaDeva 

Aryadeva, was a disciple of Nagarjuna and author of several important Mahayana Madhyamaka Buddhist texts. 

 
 
 
SUNDAY,  MAY  17, 2020, at 2:00pm 
THE SUTRA OF THE WHEEL OF DHARMA
GESHE TENZIN SHERAP 
 

In the ‘Sutra of the Wheel of Dharma’, the Buddha speaks of having first comprehended suffering and then relinquished it. 

 

 

His Holiness quoted a verse by Nagarjuna,

  Through the elimination of karma and mental afflictions there is liberation;
  Karma and mental afflictions come from conceptual thoughts;
 These come from mental exaggeration;
  Exaggeration ceases through emptiness.
 

He clarified that it is due to our misconception of true existence that suffering arises, but we will not overcome this by offering lamps or performing rituals. It’s analysing and thinking about dependent arising that enables us to overturn these misconceptions.

Nagarjuna praised the Buddha for teaching how to overcome wrong views. Je Tsongkhapa praised him for teaching about dependent arising.

 
 
SUNDAY,  MAY  10, 2020 
TENTH ANNIVERSARY
LAND OF ENLIGHTENED WISDOM CENTER
CONGRATULATIONS GESHE SHERAP,
SUPPORTERS, AND STUDENTS
 

 
The Land of Enlightened Wisdom center was established by Geshe Sherap and his supporters on May 10, 2010. This coming Sunday, May 10, 2020, Geshe Sherap, supporters and students will be observing the 10th Anniversary of the Pomona center. With the Stay At Home orders in place, we can not gather together to mark this occasion, but can send good wishes to Geshe-la.
 
It is with deep appreciation, that we sincerely thank you, Geshe-la for the precious dharma teachings that we have received for over ten years from you, and make a deep wish that we continue to receive these precious teachings for another ten years.
 
We are very fortunate! Thank you so very much! 
 
 
 
 
FRIDAY,  MARCH 20, 2020 at 2:00pm  
COVID-19 - STAY AT HOME CLASSES
GESHE SHERAP TEACHING STUDENTS AT HOME ON ZOOM
 

   
 

   
 
 
 
 
HAPPY LOSAR - TIBETAN NEW YEAR 2146
The Year of the Male Iron Rat
 

 
 
 
MONDAY,  FEBRUARY 24, 2020 at 7:00pm  
TWENTY-ONE PRAISES TO TARA
GESHE SHERAP
 

 

Geshe Tenzin Sherap offered the Phalden Lhamo Puja and lead students in the Twenty-One Praises to Tara on Losar, February 24, 2020 at 7:00pm. 

The first day (new moon) of the first lunar month of the Tibetan calendar is Losar.  

 
 

 

Losar is the first of fifteen days that commemorate Buddha's teachings and miracles that converted many students of other schools to Buddha's thought. 

These fifteen days are called Chotrul Duchen.

 

 

 
 
 
 
SUNDAY,  FEBRUARY 16, 2020  
GESHE SHERAP
 

 
 

The Medicine Buddha puja was on Sunday, 02-16-2020 at 10:30am. Geshe Sherap lead the students the one hour puja in English. 

 
POTLUCK at 12:00pm: Students are invited to attend a potluck at noon following the puja. Bring your favorite dish, fruit, bread, drink or dessert.
 
RICE SEEDLING SUTRA at 2:30pm: Geshe Sherap will teach the class on emptiness and dependent origination.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

2020 LEW TEACHING PROGRAM
 
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020
THE RICE SEEDLING SUTRA
Lord Buddha Shakyamuni
Geshe Tenzin Sherap
 

 

Geshe Sherap introduced for the first time at LEW, "The Rice Seedling Sutra" on Sunday January 26, 2020. The Rice Seedling Sutra was completed on May 10, 2020, the 10th anniversary of the LEW center. 

A Mahayana sutra in which Buddha taught the twelve links of dependent origination. The sutra is presented as a discussion between two of the Buddha's principle disciples, Shariputra and Maitreya.

In the sūtra, Śāriputra asks Maitreya to explain a statement that the Buddha had made earlier that day while gazing at a rice seedling. [The Buddha had said:]

"Whoever sees dependent arising sees the Dharma. Whoever sees the Dharma sees the Buddha."

 

                              Arya Shariputra

 

 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020
DHAMMAPADA: The Buddha's Path of Wisdom
Translated by Acharya Buddharakkhita
Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.
Geshe Tenzin Sherap
 

 

Geshe Sherap began to teach for a second time the Dhammapada, a highly esteemed text in Pali Tipitaka, the sacred scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. 

The original text was composed in the ancient Pali language.  According to the Theraveda Buddhism tradition, each verse in the dhammapada was originally spoken by the Buddha in repsonse to specific events.

All the essential teachings of Buddha are comprised in the 432 verses and provides sympathetic counsel, inspires humility and reflections and is a perennial source of inspiration and practical instruction for right living. This class began on January 25, 2020 and  ended on February 29 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On-line 

 
 
 
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020
 
ROOT OF THE MIDDLE WAY
Geshe Tenzin Sherap
 

 

Geshe Tenzin Sherap will continue with "Chapter 20 - Analysis of Assembly"  on Friday, January 24, 2020 of  "The Great Commentary of the Nagarjuna's Root of the Middle Way" by Mabja Jangchub Tsondru, as part of the 2020 Teaching Program. There are 27 Chapter is this text.

Geshe Tenzin Sherap's  teaching of this text is the second presentation at Land of Enlightened Wisdom which began with "Chapter 1 - Analysis of Conditions"  on Friday, October 23, 2015

 

 
 
 
 
JANUARY 19, 2020
 
WELCOME LUNCHEON FOR
GESHE TENZIN SHERAP
 

 
Geshe-la has returned to Land of Enlightened Wisdom after visiting in India where he held a teaching position at Namgyal Monastery, Dharamsala, India and received the teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  

Gaden Monastery and Namgyal Monastery are two colleges that Geshela studied to complete his Lharampa Degree. 
 
Geshela attended the 400 Stanzas of the Middle Way on December 17, 2019 at Drepung Loseling Monastery
 
 
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020
 
MEDICINE BUDDHA PUJA
Geshe Tenzin Sherap
 
 

 
The Medicine Buddha monthly practice is about 1 hour in length and is recited in English.  Prayer requests can be emailed to: friends@landofenlightenedwisdom.org
or can be made in person.
 
POTLUCK at 12:00pm:  Students are invited to attend a potluck at noon following the puja. Bring your favorite dish, fruit, bread, drink or dessert.
 
  
 
 
 
 
JANUARY 2-6, 2020
The Manjushri Cycle of Teaching, 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, and Alvokiteshvara Empowerment
Kalachakra Teaching Grounds
His Holiness The Dalai Lama 
 

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama taught the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva and bestowed the Avalokitshvara Empowerment and The Manjushri Cycle of Teachings Part 2, (Part 1 was in December 2018).

Geshe Sherap attended the Teachings of His Holiness through January 2-6, 2020 which were given at the Kalachakra Teaching Ground in Bodhgaya, Bahir, India.

 

 

 

   
   
   
 
 
 
 
 
 

2020 Auspicious Days

Losar
Chotrul Düchen
Saka Dawa Düchen
HHDL 85th BD* 
Chokhor Düchen
Lha Bab Düchen
Gaden Ngachu
Mon, Feb 24, 2020
Mon, Mar 09, 2020
Fri, June 05, 2020
Mon, July 06, 2020
Fri, July 24, 2020
Sat, Nov 07, 2020   
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

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