Transcending Our Limitations:

Practicing the Six Perfections of a Bodhisattva

Sundays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taught by Don Handrick

Bodhisattvas aspire to be of the greatest benefit to all beings. To achieve such a monumental goal, they engage in six activities. This course will explore the six perfections: generosity, morality, patience, enthusiasm, concentration and wisdom with a practical orientation so that we can continuously cultivate and eventually master these far-reaching activities.

Taught by Bob Albers

An introductory course that provides an overview of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice for both beginners and those familiar with Buddhist teachings but who seek a more structured approach to understanding the path to enlightenment.

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Mondays     6:30 to 8:30 pm

Discovering the Middle Way:
Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom

Wednesdays, 6:45 - 8:15 pm
Taught by Don Handrick

Nagarjuna, the great Indian Buddhist philosopher who lived around the second century, composed The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, considered one of the most influential and important texts in the Mahayana tradition. In this text, Nagarjuna expounded upon the Middle Way view as taught by the Buddha in the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras, which clearly articulates the ultimate nature of all phenomena which, when realized most deeply, becomes the cause for liberation from the cycle of suffering (samsara) and the attainment of true peace (nirvana). Following the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in this course we will examine three essential chapters of this text, utilizing commentary from Ocean of Reasoning by the great Tibetan scholar Je Tsongkhapa, in order to inform our correct understanding of the Middle Way view of the nature of reality.


How It Is and How It Could Be

Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Taught by Don Handrick

Investigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in continual dissatisfaction. Learn what “nirvana” is and how to achieve a total transformation of our existence and cease our dissatisfaction. Learn how to be free from suffering and gain practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever. Discovering Buddhism: Samsara and Nirvana.

Beginning March 14
Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Taught by Don Handrick

Gain the tools and support you need to develop a successful daily practice. Consistent practice provides the opportunity for the transformation of ourselves and the world around us through the growth of wisdom, compassion, and other beneficial qualities. Learn how to overcome obstacles to sustaining a regular practice, as well as how to set up an altar, make offerings and engage in other aspects of Tibetan Buddhist practice. (Discovering Buddhism: Module 8) 


Metaphor and Myth in Vajrayana and Zen

Saturday March 7 and 21
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Taught by David Komito

Vajrayana and Zen seem quite different, yet their ultimate goal is the same: becoming a Buddha. These talks will examine the story of Dajian Huineng (Sixth Ancestor of Chan/Zen), from the perspective of the two truths doctrine of Madhyamaka to illustrate the compatibility of Zen and Vajrayana practices.

Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center
1807 Second Street, #35
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 660-7056
Thubten Norbu Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center is an affiliate of the
Foundation for the Preservation
of the Mahayana Tradition.
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