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Tibetan Book of the Dead – An Introduction

Tibetan Book of the Dead – An Introduction A Two Part Workshop by Len Warren & the Wheel of Life Team Part 1: 2pm Saturday 18 July 2015 and Part 2: 2pm Saturday 19 September 2015 The Tibetan Book of … Continue reading

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Geshe Sonam Returns in September

Geshe Sonam left Australia at the start of July to spend time visiting his monastery in India and his sick mother in Nepal. He returns in September and his teachings will re-commence then. 

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How the notion of a soul or atman arose

At Geshe Sonam's Tuesday evening "Insight Teaching", he explained, among other things, how the notion of a soul (Christian traditions) or atman (Hindu traditions) probably arose. Then he compared that notion with the Buddhist view that an independent, permanent, unitary … Continue reading

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Does the Soul Really Exist?

On 27 May 2014, Geshe Sonam continued his teachings on ‘Insight’ or ‘The Realization of Emptiness’. To reach the lesser nirvana of liberation or the greater nirvana of enlightenment, an understanding of – and in fact a direct realization of … Continue reading

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Shaking Your Belief in Solid, Truly Existing Objects

Geshe Sonam: "Unanalyzed, people do come and go. But on analysis, the object totally disappears!" At his 'Insight' teaching on Tuesday 22 April, Geshe Sonam shook our belief in solid, truly existing objects.

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Advanced Methods of Reasoning Explained

On Tuesday 8 April 2014, Geshe Sonam continued his commentary on the insight chapters of Lama Tsongkhapa's middle-length lam-rim. The ' wisdom of hearing' has to be backed up by the 'wisdom of reflection and analysis'. But we need to … Continue reading

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Geshe-la’s Insight Teachings: 1 Apr 2014

On Tuesday evenings, Geshe-la gives an in-depth commentary on Tsongkhapa's middle-length lam-rim. He started this in 2012! Last week, he spoke about diffferent aspects of dependent arising, especially 'subtle dependent arising' or the insight that all phenomena are 'merely labelled … Continue reading

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Wonderful Khadro-la!

The strongest impression of Kadro-la I have is her presence. She seemed to me to emanate joy and kindness and another quality I find hard to pinoint, maybe fearlessness. Her chuckle was infectious and pure. Her face glowed. There were … Continue reading

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Back to basics

Sometimes, when I am trying to understand the advanced Mahayana teachings, I need to re-ground myself in the basics. This applies to our investigation of the types of refuge one can take. Recently, I came across a basic prayer of refuge … Continue reading

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Comment on The Three Gates

Over the past few months, at the Tuesday evening Insight teachings, Geshe-la has been starting the evening by giving a commentary on many different aspects of Atisha's Refguge and Bodhicitta Prayer, the one we normally use. One night, he also … Continue reading

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