Webcast Event (for member-supporters)
The teachings, pre-recorded by Thrangu Media at Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal, are given in English.
This course of short teachings is given for seekers of all backgrounds looking for an engaging and straightforward introduction and guide to the Vajrayana (Diamond Vehicle). The four teachings focus on the following important themes:
Death and Mortality: In the Vajrayana teachings, death is not thought of as a taboo subject to be avoided. It is a basic fact of life to be confronted and considered from the outset. In this first teaching, Choje Lama offers an overview of the Vajrayana perspective on death and dying.
The ‘Three Poisons’ and Worldly Success: The ‘Three Poisons’ of attachment, aversion, and the misunderstanding of the nature of reality, have long driven cultural perspectives on material success and status. How can we navigate society and our careers while working to transform and purify the ‘Three Poisons’?
Visualization Practice: Visualization is a key component of Vajrayana practices. The practice of visualization requires authoritative guidance from the beginning. In this teaching, Choje Lama discusses the core principles of visualization in Vajrayana practices.
Who is Buddha: Choje Lama reveals what it means to become a Buddha, a true enlightened one. Outside, in the beautiful grounds of Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, Choje Lama ends the series of teachings with a warm, incisive, and insightful discussion.
Lama Wangchuk Topden was born in Kathmandu in November, 1983. In 1987, he began his basic education at the V. V. 9th Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche’s school in Boudha, Kathmandu, and, while in the 6th grade, he became a monk and began his further Buddhist education with the late Khenpo Ngedhon, the most senior Khenpo at Thrangu Monastery. In 2008, he entered the traditional three-year retreat at Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Center under the watchful guidance of the V. V. Thrangu Rinpoche and retreat master, Drupon Rinpoche Khenpo Lhabu. He completed his retreat in 2011 and then resumed his role as the V. V. Thrangu Rinpoche’s secretary and attendant. On June 26, 2018, during the grand 33rd birthday celebration of H.H. the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery in Woodstock, New York, H.H. the 17th Karmapa bestowed the title ‘Choje Lama’ on Lama Wangchuk Topden. Since 2018, Choje Lama Wangchuk Topden has been in charge of all the Thrangu monasteries, dharma institutes, schools, and clinics established by the V. V. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
Gompa member-supporters are cordially invited to register for this special teaching event. At the time you register, there will also be the opportunity to make a voluntary offering in support of Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal.. From the closing registration date of February 20th, 2023, onwards, the teaching will continue to be available to Gompa member-supporters from the Gompa Library.
Monks and nuns at the partner monasteries and nunneries are also cordially invited to view the webcast using the free member login of your partner monastery or nunnery.
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We apologise for the cancellation /postponement of this event. All paid registrations will be refunded, all pre-registrations have been cancelled.