ANNOUNCEMENT: HEART SŪTRA ONLINE COURSE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

About the Heart Sūtra

When Shākyamuni Buddha was about to enter nirvāṇa, he passed on the 84,000 teachings to Ānanda. He then solemnly addressed him, declaring: “I will not blame you if you forget entirely, or if you damage completely, the 84,000 teachings, except for the Perfection of Wisdom (Prajnaparamita). But if you misplace a single line of the Perfection of Wisdom, I will hold you personally responsible for it.”

This passage illustrates how, setting apart the Perfection of Wisdom, the 84,000 teachings as a whole are not as important in content as a single verse of the Perfection of Wisdom.

More than 2,500 years has elapsed since the Buddha turned the wheel of the Dharma and passed into nirvāṇa. In this long time, great masters and eminent monks in both Tibetan and Han Buddhism have all attached great importance to the Heart Sūtra, the scripture on the Perfection of Wisdom.

The main doctrinal traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, with the four great traditions of the Geluk, the Sakya, the Kagyü, the Nyingma, as well as the Jonang, all attach great importance to the Heart Sūtra, adopting it in their collections of recitations. The Heart Sūtra is also an indispensable scripture in any master’s repertoire of teachings and practices. In performing ceremonies for the dead, and also in any other Buddhist rituals such as consecrations, in the practice of animal liberation, and even in building a new house, the Heart Sūtra is essential. As long as one recites the Heart Sūtra, the activity as a whole will be complete, for no adverse conditions due to harmful demons will arise during its course.

Upcoming Course on the Heart Sūtra

We are pleased to announce that in the September of 2016, Wisdom & Compassion Dharma University will launch an online Dharma course on the Heart Sūtra taught in English by respected Dharma teachers from Larung Gar Buddhist Academy. The teaching will be exactly based on Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche’s commentary on the Heart Sūtra, which explains in great detail the Abhidarma and the Middle Way (Madhyamaka) related to the Heart Sūtra. The course will be both theoretical teaching and Dharma discussion.

With great joy, we welcome you to join us in this opportunity to study the Heart Sūtra. By learning this great sūtra, we’re hoping to show you a systematic approach to the study and practice of the Dharma.

If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the registration and questionnaire form through the following link. Your answers will help us to understand how best to set up this course so that it can bring the greatest benefit. Please be sure to include information on your scheduling preferences, so that we can do our best to arrange the course so it is as convenient as possible for those who would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Click here to register

We will keep you informed with updates, when time and dates have been determined. The registration will be closed on September 9, 2016. If you have any questions, please email chuanmniglr@hotmail.com, we’ll respond to you as quickly as we can.

May everything always be auspicious with you!

Sincerely,

The English Translation Group at Larung Gar
Under the Direction of Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

Urgent Notice Delay of the 10th Live Dharma Teaching by Khenpo Sodargye

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The 10th Live Dharma Teaching by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche which was originally set at 8 P.M. (China Standard Time UTC+08:00) will be changed to 10 P.M. (China Standard Time UTC+10:00) for Khenpo has an immediate and urgent engagement. However, there will be no change in the theme and the way of broadcasting. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience we may bring to you and will still waiting for your attendance tonight at 10 P.M.

 

May all be auspicious!

 

Please go to http://www.khenposodargye.org/live/ to access the live streaming.

ANNOUNCEMENT: ONLINE ENGLISH DHARMA COURSE STARTS ON MARCH 13TH, 2016

Dear Dharma Friends,

We are pleased to announce that the Wisdom & Compassion Dharma University will launch an online English Dharma course on March 13th, 2016.

The first text we will study together is The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by Ngulchu Thogme, by following Khenpo Sodargye’s teaching and his commentary. It may take about six months to complete the study of this text.

The course is free, and the reference materials will be provided for each class. We offer the same teaching twice a week to better fit your schedule, and you can choose either of them to follow the course:

 

Session I:

Sundays 9 – 10:30AM (China Standard Time UTC+08:00)

 

Location Local time Time zone UTC offset
Beijing (China) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 09:00:00 CST UTC+8 hours
Auckland (New Zealand) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 14:00:00 NZDT UTC+13 hours
Tokyo (Japan) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 10:00:00 JST UTC+9 hours
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 09:00:00 MYT UTC+8 hours
New Delhi (India) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 06:30:00 IST UTC+5:30 hours
Denver (U.S.A.) Saturday, 12 March 2016, 18:00:00 MST UTC-7 hours
Brasilia (Brazil) Saturday, 12 March 2016, 22:00:00 BRT UTC-3 hours
Toronto (Canada) Saturday, 12 March 2016, 20:00:00 EST UTC-5 hours
Los Angeles (U.S.A.) Saturday, 12 March 2016, 17:00:00 PST UTC-8 hours
Honolulu (U.S.A.) Saturday, 12 March 2016, 15:00:00 HAST UTC-10 hours

Session II:

Sundays 2 – 3:30 PM (China Standard Time UTC+08:00)

Location Local time Time zone UTC offset
Beijing (China) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 14:00:00 CST UTC+8 hours
Paris (France) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 07:00:00 CET UTC+1 hour
London (United Kingdom) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 06:00:00 GMT UTC
Moscow (Russia) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 09:00:00 MSK UTC+3 hours
Amsterdam (Netherlands) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 07:00:00 CET UTC+1 hour
Harare (Zimbabwe) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 08:00:00 CAT UTC+2 hours
Lubumbashi (Congo) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 08:00:00 CAT UTC+2 hours
Berlin (Germany – Berlin) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 07:00:00 CET UTC+1 hour
Johannesburg (South Africa) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 08:00:00 SAST UTC+2 hours
Sydney (Australia) Sunday, 13 March 2016, 17:00:00 AEDT UTC+11 hours

If you want to learn more about the course, please send your email to chuanmniglr@hotmail.com. We’ll respond to you as quickly as we can.

May everything always be auspicious with you!

Sincerely,

The English Translation Group at Larung Gar
Under the Direction of Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

Announcement of the Sixth World Youth Buddhist Symposium

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January 6, 2016

Peace has been a long cherished dream for all sentient beings.

Looking back, we find ourselves constantly ravaged by countless wars triggered by fightings for resources, wealth, power or ideology, from which not only ourselves, but all beings tasted the bitterness when trapped in hatred.

Today the way to peace is more challenging: the blue planet is overshadowed by terrorist attacks, the sighs of displaced refugees, the threat of WMD (weapons of mass destruction), slaughter of animals and the restless competition and afflictions among human beings. The light of peace is dimed with disheartening tears.

Various options have been made to quell the fights such as violent defence, non-violence appeals or loving redemption. Maybe, this time, we can try to awaken ourselves once empowered with compassion.

Every reflection on the wellbeing of all lives matters. The Sixth World Youth Buddhist Symposium will start a journey of exploration towards peace. Great masters and young talents are invited to explore THE WAY OF PEACE transcending the divisions of race, nationality, faith and research field. Three sessions are established, through which Buddhist views and practices related to peace will be elaborated respectively from the perspective of Theravada Buddhism, Han Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism.

I. About the Event

Event Name: The Sixth World Youth Buddhist Symposium
Symposium Theme: The Way of Peace
Sub-themes:
  1. The Philosophy of Peace in Theravada Buddhism
  2. The Philosophy of Peace in Han Buddhism
  3. The Philosophy of Peace in Tibetan Buddhism
Organisers: Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University of Thailand
(Chiang Mai Campus)
World Youth Buddhist Society
Co-organisers: The Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education of HKIED
The Centre for the Study of Chan Buddhism and Human
Civilization of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Buddhist Society of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Date: July 12-15, 2016 (4 days)
Place: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Guests: Renowned principals, professors and experts from key
universities and well-known religious figures both at home and
abroad to be invited for panel discussion and speeches.

 

II. ELIGIBILITY

All religions welcome, especially those who are interested in traditional culture and Buddhism:

  1. Students from junior college education and levels above; or
  2. Young scholars and researchers; or
  3. Principals of any religious or traditional cultural institutions.

III. CALL FOR PAPERS

The organisers will collect and edit symposium presentations for publication. Please be noted that the following requirements, submission and procedures should be observed if you want to submit for publication.

  1. About the awards: First Prize (3 persons), Second Prize (6 persons), Third Prize (10 persons), Memorial Award (20 persons). Please be noted that all the rewarded essays will be collected into the Symposium Essay Collections or recommended to any relevant platform.)
  2. Requirements: Your essay for reward is supposed to keep the symposium theme of THE WAY OF PEACE.
  3. Format: You need to conform your essay to APA format for submission.
  4. Word Count: A full essay of 1000-3000 words is required.
  5. Closing Date: April 6, 2016
  6. Submission: Please send your essay together with any relative documents via email wybs.hk@gmail.com (NOTE: Duplicate submission is not acceptable and we will not accept any articles which have already been published) .

IV. SYMPOSIUM NOTES

  1. The schedule of this symposium includes: Interfaith Dialogue, Keynote Speech, WeSpeak, Meditation Practice, Free Talk, Visiting and life liberation etc. Continuing the spirit of “Open, Inclusive, Truth seeking and Altruistic” of the previous symposia, it will surge wisdom and broaden the mind to contribute for world peace and deliver kind wishes.
  2. Meals & accommodation and any paper handling expenditure are sponsored by the organisers ONLY for the participant in person during the symposium.
  3. All admitted participants will be charged a non-refundable registration fees of RMB 300. Any students who have financial difficulties can apply for the fee waiver.
  4. The organisers reserve all the rights to hold the Sixth World Youth Buddhist Symposium.

V. REGISTRATION

  1. Please click REGISTRATION HERE for online registration on http://www.wybuddhist.com/
  2. Registration is from January 6, 2016 —April 6, 2016.
  3. The organisers will send you the Admission Notice to confirm your admission for attending the symposium.
  4. Contact us:
Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan: Ms Tong | +852 67187073
Overseas: Ms Jiang | 86 15983738491
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wybs2011
Official website: www.wybuddhist.com
Email: wybs@wybuddhist.com

 

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Announced by:
Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University of Thailand (Chiang Mai Campus)
World Youth Buddhist Society

ANNOUCEMENT: REGISTRATION OPEN FOR OUR NEW ONLINE DHARMA COURSE

Dear Dharma Friends,

We are pleased to announce that in the Spring of 2016, Wisdom & Compassion Dharma University will launch an online Dharma course taught entirely in English by respected Dharma teachers from Larung Gar Buddhist Academy. With great joy, we welcome you to join us in this opportunity to engage in a systematic approach to the study and practice of the Dharma.

The course content will be arranged in three modules: theoretical learning, meditation guidance and Dharma discussion.

  • The module on theoretical learning will closely follow lectures given by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche and will include his teachings on a series of sutras and shastras, such as the Heart Sutra, The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva by Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo, A Letter to a Friend by Nagarjuna and so on, with new material being made available to students of the course once every two weeks.
  • The module on meditation guidance, will begin with an examination of mindfulness meditation and Bodhicitta practice, guided by the teachings on the cultivation of Bodhicitta given by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche, with new material made available once every week.
  • The Discussion module will offer an opportunity to more deeply examine the meaning of the Dharma teachings given in the other two modules. This will include special consideration of some of the vocabulary unique to an understanding of Dharma concepts, which will be arranged once every two weeks.

If you are interested to join us, please fill out the registration and questionnaire form through the following link. Your answers will help us to understand how best to set up this course so that it can bring the greatest benefit. Please be sure to include information on your scheduling preferences, so that we can do our best to arrange the course in such a way that it is as convenient as possible for those who would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Click here to register

We will keep you informed with updates, when time and dates have been determined. If you have any question, please email to chuanmniglr@hotmail.com, we’ll respond to you as quickly as we can.

May everything always be auspicious with you!
Happy New Year!
Sincerely,

The English Translation Group at Larung Gar
Under the Direction of Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

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