Join us on for live online teachings with Jhampa Shaneman who will give us teachings on deity yoga and tantric practices.
WHEN: Thursdays, March 9 and 16, 7:00 – 8.30 pm CET
LEVEL: Intermediate. Some basic understanding of Mahayana Buddhism is of benefit. Beginners are welcome as well!
The practice of Guru Yoga is based on Vajrayana practices unique to the Tibetan Buddhism. For those who have a sound foundation of Mahayana Buddhism, the practice of Vajrayana is said to be the fastest and most powerful path to Buddhahood. Guru Yoga is a deep and adventurous journey of unraveling the samsaric mind and uncovering one’s own innermost truth – the nature of mind. It is revered as one of the most powerful and direct methods of opening one’s mind to the blessing of the buddhas, the qualities of the enlightened beings and the wisdom mind of our masters. The practice is nurtured by the art of relating to the external, human teacher and his or her teaching with intelligence and a pure and open heart. In this way the teacher serves as the mirror in which we see both our potential and the obstacles we need to overcome.
About the Teacher
One of the first western Buddhist monks in the Tibetan tradition of Mahayana Buddhism, Jhampa met Ven. Lama Yeshe and became one of his first male sangha members in 1971. From that time, Jhampa studied mainly in Dharmsala, India, learning the Tibetan language. He studied under His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche (His Holiness’s senior tutor) and the Ven. Geshe Rabten and Geshe Dhargaye. Over the next 10 years in India, he was introduced to many tenets of Buddhism, interspersing this with periods of meditational retreat. He had the opportunity to study and work as a translator for Masters of all 4 sects of Tibetan Buddhism. By 1980, he had completed 6 years of study of the sutras and tantras and approximately 4 years of short retreats such as the four preliminaries and several deities. In the fall of 1980, Jhampa entered the traditional Great Retreat and spent the next three and a half years on the mountain above Dharmsala, India. This was under the spiritual guidance of Ven. Ling Rinpoche. Upon completing that retreat, he returned to Canada. Jhampa is no longer an ordained monk. He established three Dharma centers on Vancouver Island and lived there for 18 years. He adopted and helped raise two children
Jhampa was the resident teacher for 18 years for the FPMT center Rinchen Zangpo in Mexico. Yearly he offers Mindfulness and Gradual Path retreats in Mexico, plus teaching and leading various tantric deity retreats. He is one of the few western practitioners to be given permission by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to teach all levels of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
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Level: Intermediate. Some basic understanding of Mahayana Buddhism is of benefit. Beginners are welcome as well!