Have you had an interest in studying Buddhism under the guidance of a qualified teacher who has the wisdom and capability to help you progress along the path? In the Mahayana/Vajrayana tradition, the role of the guru, a realized teacher who has the skillful means to lead others to enlightenment, is of paramount importance in learning, practicing and internalizing these rare and precious teachings.
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, the Gampopa Center will begin a new class that explores this very unique relationship between the student/practitioner and the guru in Buddhist practice. Our Dharma community continues to study, practice, and learn with our wise, compassionate, and really remarkable teacher, Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche. He has patiently and with great kindness taught here in the Annapolis area for almost nine years now always adapting to the different needs and capabilities of his students here. Over the years, Rinpoche has shown himself to be a peerless teacher, guru, and spiritual friend who has selflessly shared his profound Dharma knowledge, wisdom, and compassion. We are extremely fortunate to have such a great teacher in our midst.
Sometimes we have a difficult time understanding our own relationship with the teacher in this spiritual tradition. To gain some insight and maybe obtain some practical tools to help ourselves understand and work with this student/guru relationship, we will be reading and discussing Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s new book, The Guru Drinks Bourbon?, as a study guide.
Dzongsar Khyentse was born and raised in Bhutan and was recognized at a young age as a lineage holder of a few Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Dzongsar Khyentse had a traditional upbringing in a monastic setting learning the various teachings, practices, rituals from some of the greatest teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and India. Like our own Lama, he had a strong interest in traveling and teaching in the west where he became very familiar with the modern Western world and acquired many western students along the way. He is not only a lama, but also a renowned film maker and writer. The Guru Drinks Bourbon? sets forth the Rinpoche’s own analysis and practical recommendations on what makes the student/teacher relationship work for the benefit of everyone.
The class begins on Jan. 10, 2017 from 7 pm – 8:30 pm and should continue for at approximately 3 months. Formal registration is not required. Just show up if you are interested. We request that a minimum offering of $10 per class be offered by those participating. We expect an interesting reading and discussion of the text.
Here is a link at Amazon for the text:
If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Stephen Cimino at 410-212-2644 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace and Tashi Delek!