Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Class
Eight Classes, offered each Sunday, For eight weeks.
The course will generally follow Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s book Dharma Paths, and it would be beneficial for you to have this book.
Our mission is to introduce you to Buddhism, specifically Tibetan Buddhism; the stages of the path, the main practices, and the goal.
You may pay for the series per class; $5 suggested donation. A link to pay for the whole thing online will be available soon.
The class will start about 20 minutes after Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche’s Sunday morning teaching concludes, and will be one hour long. Approximately 11:20am-12:20pm.
Anyone who has taken an Intro/Newcomer Class before
is more than welcome to join the class gratis,
as is any KTC Member.
Class 1: September 10
Energetic aspects of the Vairocana posture,
Overview of the entire course
Class 2: September 17
Buddha’s life, the Four Noble Truths, Noble Eightfold Path, Refuge and Precepts / Vows.
Class 3: September 24
The Six Realms and the Wheel of Life
Class 4: October 1
Introduction to Relative and Absolute Truth, Bodhicitta
Class 5: October 8
The Six Perfections
Class 6: October 15
The Six Perfections Continued
Sunday, October 22 – Lama Rinpoche at KTD. No class.
Class 7: October 29
Perfection of Wisdom – EMPTINESS
Class 8: November 5
Stages of the Path and Three Vehicles
Course Text: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s book Dharma Paths
Dharma Paths, the first book of teachings by one of the most highly respected lamas in North America, is a broad and in depth introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.
It cuts through the complexity of the Tibetan tradition, revealing a flexible approach based on our individual capacities. Without assuming an academic background or knowledge of Buddhist terminology, Dharma Paths presents both basic and quite advanced material, making the essence of the vast Tibetan teachings suprisingly accessible.
About the presenters –
Beth Keenan has studied with Lama Dudjom Dorjee, her primary teacher, for 24 years; she is also a graduate of the five-week Buddhism course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal, the first five Shambhala levels, and many years of the Treasury of Knowledge Retreat in San Antonio with Ponlop Rinpoche.
Other highlights have been teachings by Thrangu Rinpoche (particularly “Creation and Completion”), Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, His Holiness Karmapa and others, in addition to attending nearly every teaching given by any teacher at KTC Dallas in the past quarter century, including Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Bardor Tulku Rinpoche, Lama Kathy Wesley, Ari Goldfield and Rose Taylor-Goldfield.
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche (author of the source text we will study) is very special to Beth; as her refuge lama, as the Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (the Kagyu Lineage headquarters in New York), and as her first Dharma ‘boss’ and teacher.
Larry Keenan began his study and practice of Buddhism under the guidance of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s students in the early 1980’s. He became a student of Lama Dudjom Dorjee in the late 90’s. He has benefited from the teaching and blessings of many great beings, but holds a particular devotion for Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. He has been Director of KTC Dallas since 2001.
KTC Dallas is a Karma Kagyu Lineage Tibetan Buddhist meditation center guided by Lama Dudjom Dorjee Rinpoche, located in Irving, Texas. More information at the KTC website. The parent organization is Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in upstate New York, seat of His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa in North America.