at 4010-8 Avenue South West, Calgary, T3C 0G3
Calgary Tibetan Buddhist Learning Centre was initially established by Geshe Pema RInchen. Geshe la is a permanent resident teacher at the Centre and gives teachings every Wednesday and Friday from 7-9pm
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TRANSFORMING THE MIND By Geshe Pema Rinchen Translated By Lobsang P.Gosetsang Verse one: With a determination to achieve the highest goal For the benefit of all sentient beings Which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem, May I obtain them dear at all the times. These four lines are about cultivating a sense of holding dear all other sentient beings. This states to develop an attitude that enables you to regard other sentient beings as precious, much in the manner of precious jewels. The question could be raised, why do we need to cultivate the thought that other sentient beings are precious and valuable? In one sense, we can express that other sentient beings are truly the principal source of all our experiences of joy, happiness, and prosperity, and not only in terms of our day-to day dealings with people. We can see that all the desirable experiences that we cherish or aspire to attain are dependent upon cooperation and interaction with other sentient beings. It is an obvious fact. Similarly, form the point of of view of a practitioner on the path; many of the high level of realization that you gain and the progress you make on your spiritual journey are dependent upon cooperation and interaction with other sentient beings. Furthermore, at the resultant state of Buddhahood, the truly compassionate activities of Buddha can come about spontaneously without any effort only in relation to sentient beings, because they are the recipients and beneficiaries of those enlightened activities. So one can see that sentient beings are, in a sense, the true source of our joy, prosperity, and happiness.
Wednesday,July 14 is scheduled with SFT,Students for a Free Tibet, students and supporters to observe Lhakar at Geshela's residence. Regular dharma friends are welcome to join with them. However, teaching will be more fundamental views and principles of Buddhism for the audience especially SFT members.