In his text The Foundation of All Good Qualities, the great Tibetan yogi and scholar, Lama Je Tsongkhapa said:
This life is as impermanent as a water bubble; Remember how quickly it decays and death comes. After death, just like a shadow follows the body, the results of black and white karma ensue. Finding firm and definite conviction in this, please bless me always to be careful, to abandon even the slightest of negativities and to accomplish only virtuous deeds.
In this module we are going to see if we can get a better understanding of the meaning of these words.
Nick Ribush, who is the teacher for this course and the director of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, will skype in to give us a live course introduction.
Nick was one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. After graduating from Melbourne University Medical School, Nick first encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery in 1972. He was a Gelug monk from 1974 to 1986. Together with Lama Yeshe, he established the international publishing house, Wisdom Publications; he established Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre in New Delhi and later the Kurukulla Center in Boston. In 1996 he established the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive in Boston, which he now directs. LYWA is a collection of thousands of teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who pioneered the teaching of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
We are very excited and lucky to have this virtual intro directly from Nick. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity, even if you are not planning to attend the entire course.
Teaching Transcript: pages 4 – 8
Guided meditation: Nature of the Mind
Discovering Buddhism course: Death and Rebirth
Language: Instruction and guided meditation in English, discussion in German and English
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