PRESENTING THE PATH
FEB 19-APR 30
With FPMT Teacher Gen Tubten Pende
REGISTRATION FOR THIS COURSE IS CLOSED
Gonpo Ludup Study Group is delighted to host our third module of FPMT‘s Discovering Buddhism series, Presenting the Path, with FPMT teacher Tubten Pende. Gen Pende will teach Presenting the Path in eight sessions to our group here via live-stream from Santa Cruz.
• $108 for the eight-week course, including a binder of teachings by Lama Yeshe, Geshe Sopa, and Nick Ribush.• $20 for two books, both required reading: Essence of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe, and Wisdom Energy by Lama Yeshe & Lama Zopa Rinpoche
This course on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment covers a genre of Tibetan Buddhist literature that shows how any individual at any stage of spiritual maturity can progress towards the actualization of their optimum potential. The Stages of the Path provides the essence of all the teachings of the Buddha, like churning butter from milk. The course will be a brief exposition of this topic.ABOUT GEN PENDE
Tubten Pende, a.k.a. Jim Dougherty, has been a practicing Buddhist since 1972 when he was introduced to Tibetan Buddhism in India. Pende was included in the first wave of FPMT’s Western Buddhist teachers. He was the coordinator of the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute in the UK; spiritual program coordinator, director, and later resident teacher at Nalanda Monastery in France; and an FPMT International Office Education Services program developer of the Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy. He is interested in the effective application of Buddhist theory and practice in the daily life of ordinary people.
“I first met Pende at the fifth Kopan course in the fall of 1973 – he’d been studying at the Tibetan Library in Dharamsala – and was immediately impressed by his intelligence and appreciation of the Dharma,” says Dr. Nicholas Ribush, director of FPMT‘s Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. “We were ordained together a couple of months later and he then went on to study in great depth, especially with the late Khensur Jampa Thekchog at Nalanda Monastery, to become one of the most learned and respected teachers in the FPMT. Students can learn a lot from him.”
(A post-ordination photo of western Dharma students. Left to right: Nick Ribush, Yeshe Khadro (Marie Obst), Tubten Pende (Jim Dougherty), Nicole Couture (Kedge), Thubten Pemo (Linda Grossman), Thubten Wongmo (Feather Meston), Marcel Bertels, Debra (Spring) Livingston (Thubten Chokey), Ursula Bernis, Gareth Sparham, Ama-la (Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s mother), plus a couple of unknown young Tibetan nuns. Bodhgaya, India, 1974.)
“Tubten Pende is an old friend and fellow student of Lama Thubten Yeshe,” says FPMT teacher and Buddhist nun Ven. Robina Courtin. “We studied together years ago. He’s a scholar and a practitioner, and I highly recommend his teachings.”
Photo: Geshe Program students Pende, Robina, Neil, and Olga, at FPMT’s Manjushri Institute in the UK in 1980. Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.
“Tubten Pende is one of FPMT’s most senior teachers,” says Merry Colony, director of Milarepa Center in Vermont and former director of FPMT Education. “As a monk Pende studied with Khensur Jampa Tegchok at both Manjushri Institute and Nalanda Monastery for many years. Pende was instrumental in getting FPMT’s Masters Program off the ground and headed up FPMT’s Education Department in the 1990s. Later he was one of the FPMT senior teachers invited to help formulate the Discovering Buddhism program. Since its inception, Pende has been involved with the program, first as a teacher of module 12, the Wisdom of Emptiness, and later as an elder for the DB online forum and assessor for DB certificate students. Pende has always stood out as an exceptional teacher of all topics, but most especially emptiness, having the very sharp analytical mind necessary for delving deeply into this profound topic. Pende’s presentations are always exceptionally clear and to the point.”
DATES & TIMES
Class 1 | Sunday, February 19, 9–10:15 am
Class 2 | Sunday, February 26, 9–10:15 am
Class 3 | Sunday, March 5, 9–10:15 am
Class 4 | Sunday, March 19, 9–10:15 am
Class 5 | Sunday, March 26, 9–10:15 am
Class 6 | Sunday, April 2, 9–10:15 am
Class 7 | Sunday, April 23, 9–10:15 am
Class 8 | Sunday, April 30, 9–10:15 am
Sunday, March 12
Sunday, April 9
Sunday, April 16
• $108 for the eight-week course, including a binder of teachings by Lama Yeshe, Geshe Sopa, and Nick Ribush.
• $20 for two books, both required reading: Essence of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Yeshe, and Wisdom Energy by Lama Yeshe & Lama Zopa Rinpoche
• Scholarships available. No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Kate for scholarship details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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