The Land of Compassion and Wisdom
The Foundation of Buddhist Thought
Monday, November 2, 2015
The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition offers a number of educational opportunities for individuals or small groups studying and practicing Tibetan Buddhism.
The Land of Compassion and Wisdom, the FPMT group here in Austin, is just now ending up the two-year on-line Discovering Buddhism course, an introductory study of the Lam Rim, The Graduated Path to Enlightenment.
Beginning Monday, November 2, 2015, we begin a new venture based upon Geshe Tashi Tsering’s six-volume set of books, The Foundation of Buddhist Thought. This will lead us to a deeper understanding of what we have been studying up until now.
In the best of all possible worlds, we would journey to Geshe Tashi’s Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London for the two-year course. Next best would be to study with him on-line, with tutorials, question & answer sessions, videos, and mp3s. However, the level of commitment, both financial and time, for either of these options is beyond the reach of most in our Sangha.
We have been blessed that Geshe Thubten Soepa, our part-time resident teacher, has spoken with those involved in The Foundation of Buddhist Thought course. As a result, we will be able to study and discuss the books in a modified course, with some assistance from the Centre’s personnel. All that is required to join us in this new exciting adventure, beyond the price of each book, is a commitment to read the books and to participate in the Monday evening discussions as much as possible.
A Note About Geshe Tashi Tsering.
He is a Tibetan Lama who holds the Lharampa Geshe degree (the equivalent of a PhD) from Seramay Monastic University in South India, gaining the highest marks possible at every level of the sixteen year course. In 1991 the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked him to take up a three-year appointment at Nalanda Monastery in France to teach advanced level Tibetan Buddhist philosophy to Western students.
Since 1994 Geshe Tashi has been based at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, where he is renowned for his warmth, humor and ability to make the most profound Tibetan Buddhist philosophical teachings accessible to students.
A Note About the Books.
We will be studying each volume in sequence. You may order them individually, several at a time, or all. They are available through Wisdom Publications, http://www.wisdompubs.org/author/geshe-tashi-tsering, or through as service such as Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Geshe+Tashi+Tsering . The prices appear to be comparable, though Amazon has used copies available.
Please do have the first book, The Four Noble Truths, The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 1 , in time for our first meeting, November 2.
- The Four Noble Truths, The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 1, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Wisdom Publications, 2005. ISBN: 0-86171-270-6.
- Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth, The Foundation of Buddhist Thought Volume 2, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Wisdom Publications, 2008. ISBN: 0-86171-271-4. The Two Truths (Relative and Ultimate Truth).
- Buddhist Psychology, The Foundation of Buddhist Thought Volume 3, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Wisdom Publications, 2006. ISBN: 0-86171-272-2. Buddhist Psychology and Epistemology.
- The Awakening Mind, The Foundation of Buddhist Thought Volume 4, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Wisdom Publications, 2008. ISBN: 0-86171-510-1. The Mind of Enlightenment (Bodhicitta).
- Emptiness, The Foundation of Buddhist Thought Volume 5, Geshe Tashi Tsering, Wisdom Publications, 2009. ISBN: 0-86170-151-1X. Emptiness According to the Prasangika Madhyamika School.
- Tantra, The Foundation of Buddhist Thought Volume 6 , Geshe Tashi Tsering, Wisdom Publications, 2012. ISBN : 1614290113. An Overview of Tantric Paths and Grounds.
A Note about Joining Us.
It is best to undertake The Foundation of Buddhist Thought with some knowledge of Buddhist studies. You might want to examine the various subject on the FPMT FAX page, http://fpmt.org/education/buddhism-faq/ ,to determine your familiarity and comfort level. Commitment and intention, however, are probably the best determinants.
We meet Monday evenings at 6:50 for a 7:00 start, ending at 8:30, in a private home in Central Austin (area of Red River, 45th St, and Airport Blvd). For more information, please call either Robert at 512-921-6902 or Rita at 512-452-2396.