Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tibetan Buddhist Sangha at DUUF

Buddhist meditation and dharma study group meets every Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 in the sanctuary at Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (1111 Cordell Street, Denton). Beginners are always welcome. You’re invited to use either a cushion or a chair, and there is no fee for the teachings.

The sessions will be led by Palden Lhamo, who has served in UU churches as a Director of Lifespan Religious Education for the past 10 years.  Now she is an authorized lay teacher in the Tibetan Jonang lineage.  She studies under her lama and root teacher, Ven. Tashi Nyima, who is one of only four ordained Jonang monks currently teaching in English. He is the spiritual director of Jonang Buddhist Communities in Dallas, Plano, Hurst, and Mexico City. Tashi-la has studied and completed extensive retreats under eminent teachers of various Dharma lineages, including Lama Tsering Ngodup (Kagyu), HH the XIV Dalai Lama (Geluk), Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche (Kagyu), Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche (Nyingma), HH Sakya Trizin (Sakya), and HH Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche (Jonang). Tashi-la is the heart-son of Kyabje Tashi Norbu Rinpoche, from whom he received the full transmission of the Great Middle Way (Skt. maha madhyamaka; Tib. dbUma chenpo).  From time to time Tashi-la will come to DUUF to teach or to perform ceremonies such as taking refuge or making precept vows.
The sangha will begin with an introductory class on aspects of our meditation practice and an explanation of the aspiration and dedication prayers.  Beginning September 18 we will take up a study of the Noble Eightfold Path, following the format of:

6:00 – 7:00 sitting meditation
6:30 – 7:30 Dharma teachings