The Practice Of Compassion In Buddhism

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Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion says
The Practice of Compassion in Buddhism
with Tenzin Namgyal (Tenam)

4 Fridays, 6:30 – 7:45pm, April 8, 15, 22, 29

Fortunately, compassion is getting good buzz these days – both by people of faith and by those who follow no religious tradition. But what do we really mean when we say “compassion”? What conceptual thoughts are conjured in our mind? Should we use the dictionary’s definition, is it a religious concept that varies from tradition to tradition, or is it part of our innate human psyche?

In a series of four Friday evening sessions, we will explore collectively what and how compassion is defined in Buddhism of the Greater Vehicle of the Tibetan tradition. We will attempt to deconstruct and analyze its various components, its origin in Buddha’s own discourses and classical Buddhist scriptures by great Indian and Tibetan saint-scholars, the traditional technique or method of generation, and its purposes and significance in the context of a Buddhist practitioner. Finally we will look at its intentional impact and unintended implication on Tibetan culture and tradition.

This series, using PowerPoint, input and discussion, will introduce participants to “Buddhist Compassion” intellectually and analytically. Our approach will be primarily secular and therefore skeptics with valid logic are especially welcome to this class for the intellectual stimulation of all! Participants are expected to engage actively in self-reflection on compassion, and are encouraged to engage in class discussions.

Tenzin Namgyal (Tenam) has served as DGCEC’s dharma translator for three years. He completed a year toward his MA in Buddhist philosophy from Tibetan University, Varanasi, India before moving to the US where he received a second BA in ‘International Human Rights Law’ from Hampshire College, MA. Tenam is a professional interpreter, translating Buddhist teachings from Tibetan into English and vice versa for 20 years, including interpreting for renowned teachers of many traditions. Before coming to DGCEC, Tenam was resident translator at Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC), Bloomington, IN, translated some short texts on practices (Sadhana) and Tibetan grammar texts, and assisted interpretation and translation for high level teachers, Geshes and monks of touring groups. Tenam is an engaging presenter who brings his own rich history and humor to every gathering.

Fee: $65. Register at DrepungGomangUSA.org under Compassion Center Classes or call 502-614-5616.
Some partial scholarships are available. Please email your request to DrepungGomangCompassion@gmail.com.
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