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Garab Dorje
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Dharma Teachings
Tsik Sum Né Dek
Four Saturdays – 10/1, 10/15 & 10/29; 11/12
Root text – by Garab Dorje
Commentary – by Patrul Rinpoche
Tsik Sum Né DekHitting the Essence in Three Words – is the final testament of the first human Dzogchen master, Garab Dorje. This brief text has been revered by masters and practitioners throughout the centuries as embodying in its key points the very essence of the path of Dzogchen. Find more information about Tsik Sum Né Dek here >>.
During the upcoming series of teachings in Oakland, Ven. Sogan Rinpoche will present Patrul Rinpoche's brilliant commentary and elaboration on Tsik Sum Né Dek. Patrul's text is known as The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King and has itself come to be treasured as a crucial instruction for the practice of Dzogchen.
The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King is available in English translation in the following books:
Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2004)
Golden Letters, translated and edited by John Reynolds (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1996)
Sogan Rinpoche & Robert Clark in Oakland
Ven. Sogan Rinpoche with translator Robert Clark during teachings at the Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom in Oakland, CA
Tsik Sum Né Dek
Saturday afternoons:
October 1, 15 & 29; November 12, 2011

1 - 5 p.m.

Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom
610 16th Street (at Jefferson), 2nd floor
Oakland, CA 94612

(Near 12th Street Oakland City Center BART Station)

Abundant free parking is available directly behind the building. Please be careful not to park behind the adjacent building or between the buildings, as your car might be towed.

All are welcome. Suggested donation: $30 per day (or as able). No one turned away for lack of funds.
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Previous 2011 Teachings in Oakland
Extracting the quintessence of accomplishment – Oral Instructions for the Practice of Mountain Retreat expounded simply and directly in their essential nakedness
(often referred to as Mountain Retreat)
Four Saturdays – 4/30, 5/14 & 5/28, 6/25
Text – by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
In this famous text, Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche explains how to take to heart and practice. Click here to read the entire text online.
Guide to the Jewel Island and Meditation on Non-eternity
Five Saturdays – beginning 1/22/11
Two texts – by Guntang Kuncho Tenpe Dronme
Sogan Rinpoche, Tulku Pema Lodoe, will teach two texts by Guntang Kuncho Tenpe Dronme (gung thang bstan pa’i sgron me, 1762-1823). The first is the Guide to the Jewel Island. This famous text offers detailed and practical advice on how to learn, think about and master the teachings of both sutra and tantra. It provides powerful methods for overcoming the inner obstacles to effective Dharma practice and proceeding in an orderly and rapid manner along the Path. The second text is the Meditation on Non-eternity. This teaching puts human life in a context of meaning that strongly motivates and informs the practice of the Buddha’s teachings. We are most fortunate to receive these kinds of teachings from a Lama for whom they are not just a scholarly topic, but a truly vital, transformative reality.
Guntang Kuncho Tenpe Dronme is one of the most influential of Tibetan scholar/teachers. He was born in 1762 in bSang Chu, Amdo. He was recognized in 1768 as the rebirth of the great Tri Gendun Puntsok (khri dge-'dun-phun-tshogs) and brought to Labrang Trashi Khyi (bla-brang bkra-shis-'khyil) where he studied for the next ten years. In 1778 at the age of 16 he moved to Lhasa to attend Drepung Gomang Monastic University. He received his full ordination from the Eighth Dalai Lama in 1782. He earned the Geshe Lharampa (lha-rams-pa) degree in 1783, and returned to Labrang Trashi Khyil in 1786 where he became the 21st throne holder in 1792. He was a prolific author. His collected works consist of twelve volumes of texts many of which have become part of the standard curriculum at Labrang Trashi Khyil, Drepung, and many other institutes of higher Buddhist studies. Kuncho Tenpe Dronme was the disciple of Koncho Jigme Wangbo (dkon mchog 'jigs med dbang po 1728-1791) and his own distinguished disciples were like the stars in the sky.
An English translation of this text by Geshe Thupten Wangyal and Blanche C. Olschak is available: Spiritual Guide to the Jewel Island (Zurich: Buddhist Publications, 1973. ASIN: B000P9UEZ2)