Acharya Tashi Wangchuk will teach on most Sundays through Sept. 8, 2019, leading discussions on lojong, or mind training.
Lojong is an important practice in the development of bodhicitta, which literally means “enlightened attitude” or “awakened heart.”
Replacing oneself with other is the main topic of The Eight Verses on Mind Training, a text by Geshe Langri Tangpa. Its verses will provide the foundation for our Sunday conversations.
Ponlop Rinpoche has written that bodhicitta “is the heartfelt wish that all sentient beings — not just oneself — may be established in the state of enlightenment, and it is the commitment to help lead them to that state. Developing bodhicitta is viewed as the key to entering the Mahayana path, which is characterized by the greater vision of liberating all beings and transforming this samsaric existence into an enlightened world..”
Acharya Tashi plans to teach on July 14, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8
Born and raised in eastern Bhutan, Acharya Tashi moved to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India at the age of 15. While there, he studied for ten years and graduated from Karma Shri Nalanda Institute, the principal Karma Kagyu lineage monastic college. After his graduation, Acharya Tashi assumed teaching responsibilities for the Karma Kagyu lineage in Hong Kong before returning to Rumtek Monastery to teach at the college from which he graduated. Following this, Acharya Tashi did editorial work for Nitartha Insitute in Nepal, an eduacation organization founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche to preserve and digitize endangered Tibetan texts. Acharya Tashi is one of the principal editors working to publish the renowned Eight Great Treatises of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Acharya Tashi Wangchuk is the resident teacher at Nalanda West.