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The 12 Links of Dependent Origination

May 19, 2023 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Explained by Geshe Lharampa Tulku Tenzin Gyurmey Rinpoche.

Join us onsite or online when Geshe-la explains the classic Buddhist doctrine that carefully enumerates links of phenomena that constitute the cycle of samsaric existence – and guides us how to cut the root cause.

WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2023, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm CET
WHERE: Online and Onsite
LEVEL: Advanced, but everyone is welcome


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Meeting ID: 824 9925 9030
Passcode: 435439


The twelve links of dependent origination are a specific example of the principle of dependent origination. The thrust of the formula is such that when certain conditions are present, they give rise to subsequent conditions, which in turn give rise to other conditions; thus, illustrating the cyclical nature of life in samsara. Within the Tibetan tradition, the twelve links are typically presented within the context of the Wheel of Life: The three inner layers of the wheel show that the three poisons lead to karma, which leads to the suffering of the six realms. The twelve links of the outer rim show how this happens – how the three poisons lead to rebirth in samsara – by presenting the process of cause and effect in detail. By contemplating on the twelve links, one gains greater insight into the workings of karma; this insight enables us to begin to unravel our habitual way of thinking and reacting.

Venerable Bhikshus, whoever sees dependent and relative origination, sees the Dharma.
Whoever sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha.
What is this dependent and relative origination of which I speak?

It is this: because this exists, that arises. Because this is born, that is born. 

(The primary source for Mahayana teachings on the twelve links is the Rice Seedlings Sutra)

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About the Teacher

Tengyur Rinpoche is a Geshe Lharampa graduate from Sera Jey Monastery, a junior English translater for His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 2021, currently doing a Master’s program at Harvard Divinity School.

He was born in Tawang in the north-eastern part of India and became a monk at the age of nine. He founded Thubten Shedrubling Foundation in Tawang, a Buddhist center and a modern school that offers free education to needy children. In 2021, Tengyur Rinpoche led the founding of Wisdom Bridges, a US-based NGO that is dedicated to helping children in remote Himalayan communities to fulfill their potential through education that bridges traditional wisdom and modern learning and sustain their language and culture. Read more.



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Language: English

Level: Advanced, but everyone is welcome

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May 19, 2023
19:00 - 21:00
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