About Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism is comprised of the teachings of the three vehicles of Buddhism: the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The Mahayana goal of spiritual development is to achieve the enlightenment of Buddhahood in order to most efficiently help all other sentient beings attain this state. The motivation is the bodhichitta mind of enlightenment - an altruistic intention to become enlightened for the sake of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are revered beings who have conceived the will and vow to dedicate their lives for the sake of all beings.
Current Dharma Classes
TNL offers two introductory courses for those who are newly approaching Tibetan Buddhism and its practices. These courses are scheduled periodically and are generally held over the course of several weekly sessions:
• Buddhism in a Nutshell introduces students to the basic teachings of the Buddha and provides the essentials of what it means to practice Buddhism.
• Buddhist Meditation 101 familiarizes students with the various types of meditation and includes practical advice for daily meditation.
Discovering Buddhism, (Beginner Level Class)
Over 2500 years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha gained direct insight into the nature of reality, perfected the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and power, and revealed the path to his disciples. In the 11th Century, Atisha brought these teachings to Tibet in the form of the lam-rim – the stages on the path to enlightenment. The lam-rim tradition found its pinnacle in the teachings of the great Tibetan saint Lama Tsongkhapa in the 14th Century, and these teachings continued to pass from teacher to student up to this present day.
When Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche transmitted these teachings to their disciples, they imparted a deeply experiential tradition of study and practice, leading thousands of seekers to discover the truth of what the Buddha taught. This tradition is the core of Discovering Buddhism.
Discovering Buddhism is a two-year, fourteen-module series that gives the student a solid foundation in the teachings and practice of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. View video trailer. Please check from the online calendar which module we are currently working on. For more information on the individual modules, visit fpmt.org.
Sunday Morning Class with Don Handrick (All Levels)
Meaning in Every Moment: Lama Zopa’s Advice for Daily Practice. Over the last few years, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Spiritual Director for the FPMT, has assembled a daily practice called “The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment)” which he encourages all his students to use. In this course we will explore this practice using Rinpoche’s teachings on this subject in order to help us bring the greatest benefit to every moment of our lives. Taught by Gen Don Handrick. This class will run until the end of December 2019.
Discovering the Middle Way: Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom
(Intermediate Level Class)
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.
Photo credit: Jack Mitchell
Photo credit: Jack Mitchell
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The a.r.t of Fulfillment with Don Handrick (Secular Program)
What makes you who you are?
Are you fulfilling your true potential?
The a.r.t. of Fulfillment (action, reflection, transformation) is an innovative secular course based on Buddhist teachings and approved by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Spiritual Director of the FPMT. Integrating material from Western psychology, current scientific research, and universal insights of the world’s philosophical, spiritual, and religious traditions. We will explore: Inner Happiness, Good Heart and Clear Mind -- three themes that are the source of a more fulfilling and happy life.
Retreats: All Levels
Thubten Norbu Ling periodically offers group retreats, which are an excellent opportunity to deepen one’s own meditation practice and strengthen the connection to the spiritual community. When possible, we also offer teachings and tantric empowerments with visiting Tibetan and Western Teachers. Upcoming retreats and visiting teachers are presented on the Events page or have their own page accessed by a link in the homepage.
Buddhist Meditation Practices: All Levels
Thubten Norbu Ling offers several opportunities at various times each month (online calendar) for group meditation practice. Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions, which include a Medicine Buddha, Green Tara, Chenrezig, Dzambhala and Vajrasattva Practice as well as morning and evening meditations and more.