Namdroling Tibetan Buddhist Center Announces
Cyber-Shedra 2012 with Khenpo Tenzin Norgay
You May Register Any Time Between Now and November 15, 2012
— CYBER-SHEDRA DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM —
Dear Dharma Friends,
Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and Namdroling, Montana are happy to again offer all sessions of the Cyber-Shedra Distance Learning Program. You may begin your studies any time between now and November 15, 2012. Cyber-Shedra is an opportunity to study Buddhist teachings under the guidance of a qualified spiritual master from home when it is convenient for you. This is an exceptionally rare spiritual study opportunity for students whose lives are mixed with the world and worldly responsibilities.
Although the class will begin October 15, 2012, you may enroll anytime until November 15, 2012. Khenpo would like to give everyone time to enroll. Late enrollees will be given all of the information as they register. You may register anytime between now and November 15, 2012.
In all sessions, Khenpo Norgay’s lessons prepare students for and further explain concepts from the texts. He will also send assignments that will help students to explore the texts more deeply. Students are asked to email their assignments back to Khenpo in a timely manner and to email questions as they arise. Specific practices will be given at times to help to deepen the teachings.
Sessions 1 and 2
A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life
In Sessions 1 and 2 Khenpo Norgay guides students through Santideva’s classic treatise, the Bodhicaryavatara, A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life.
The Bodhicaryavatara is structured around the Six Perfections of generosity, ethical discipline, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom. Khenpo presents lessons that help the student to better understand Santideva’s teachings on these core aspirations of Buddhist thought. In Session 1, students study in depth the first eight chapters on generosity, ethical discipline, patience, zeal, and meditation.
Session 2 covers Chapter 9 of the Bodhicaryavatara, The Perfection of Wisdom. This session may seem more technical and philosophical, but the arguments presented must be seen as an inner spiritual battle. To understand Emptiness, which is the Ultimate Truth, we must cut through all the boundaries of conceptualization. The antidote to all afflictions and craving is the realization of Emptiness. When our minds rest in emptiness, which is the mind’s true nature, all conceptualization will cease, and the inner qualities can be manifested.
Through this session, Khenpo helps students to better understand the Wisdom chapter and to let go of their own conceptualization.
Sessions 3, 4, and 5
Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows
Session 3 begins the study of Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows by Ngari Panchen Pema Wangyi Gyalpo, commentary by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. This ancient exposition explains the three levels of moral codes in Tibetan Buddhism: the vows of individual liberation, the vows of a bodhisattva, and the vows of tantra; outlining in detail the meanings of these vows and giving practical advice on maintaining them as tools for spiritual practice and daily life.
Sessions 4 and 5 continue the study that students have begun with Khenpo Norgay of Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows.
Students who have studied with Cyber Shedra since it began, please sign up again for Session 5. Khenpo will finish teaching Perfect Conduct: Ascertaining the Three Vows and then assign new reading.
Students are required to have access to a computer in order to participate. All correspondence is completed in English. For those who register before October 1, classes will begin in the beginning of October. You may register and begin the class any time between now and November 15, 2012, though. We request that all students be fully enrolled by November 15, 2012. You may pay by check through the mail or by PayPal.
Please register as soon as possible. To find a biography of Khenpo Tenzin Norgay, details about the course, registration, and PayPal button, please go to http://www.namdrolingmt.org and click on “Cyber-Shedra”.
You will be taken to our new Cyber-Shedra website, where you can click on the Register for Cyber-Shedra button. Please note, that we are switching over to hosting this course online, so students that are registered and paid, will be able to login to the site to view the month’s teachings.
We request that you take the sessions in sequence – a student should take Session 1 before taking Session 2, and take Sessions 1 and 2 before taking 3, etc.
We hope that you will join us in studies this year.
Wishing you all the best,
The Cyber-Shedra Team
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 406-587-2907