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Exploring Buddhism: Exploring Mind Training, part I

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Jun 30 2022.
7:00 pm Thursday, May 19, 2022

Exploring Buddhism: Exploring Mind Training, part I

To progress on the path to enlightenment the motivation of bodhichitta alone is not enough; we need to learn how to transform every situation, especially adverse circumstances, into the path.
In this module, we will examine the uniquely powerful methods for transforming the mind that are found in the lojong or mind-training texts, which clarify how to bring about a radical change in our attitude from that of a self-centered world-view to one that is other-centered and altruistic. 

Previous study of at least some modules of Discovering Buddhism, either in a center or online, is highly recommended before enrolling in this program.

New students are welcome.  You do not have to have attended previous Exploring Buddhism modules.

This pilot course will take place online only (via Zoom) on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm.

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Syllabus for Exploring Mind Training

Exploring Buddhism is a new program  currently being developed by FPMT to serve as a bridge between Discovering Buddhism and The Basic Program. It is designed to help students of Buddhism delve more deeply into a broad array of topics that form a solid foundation for furthering one’s study and practice.  The program will initially be run as a pilot program in FPMT centers to further test and refine the curriculum.

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In keeping with our tradition, Kadampa Center does not charge a fee to attend any Dharma teachings, so that financial resources will never be an obstacle to hearing the Dharma. We rely on the generosity of students to be able to offer these courses, inclulding making an offering to the teachers who will lead each module. 

Your support for the course opens access to the Dharma for others, and enables Kadampa Center to make a generous offering to each module's teacher.

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Instructor for this module: Gen Don Handrick


Gen Don Handrick is a touring teacher for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), sharing the Dharma with centers and study groups in North America and other parts of the world, both in-person and online.

Don's study of Buddhism began in 1993 after reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years he practiced with Sogyal Rinpoche's organization, until he began attending classes in 1996 with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco.

Don left the Bay Area in 1998 to attend the FPMT's Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a seven-year residential study program conducted at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Tuscany, Italy, and taught by the scholar and kind Spiritual Friend, Geshe Jampa Gyatso. He successfully completed all five subjects of this program in 2004, receiving an FPMT final certificate with high honors.

Students appreciate his humble, compassionate demeanor and his capacity to explain profound ideas with precision, contemporary examples and humor.


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