Events & Announcements
Nepal is experiencing great suffering and need at this time in the wake of the devastating earthquake. Please dedicate prayers both for those who have passed, and those injured and without food or shelter.
If you are able to give, Yangsi Rinpoche recommends the following organizations: Tzu Chi Foundation Nepal Fund for general disaster relief, and FPMT Earthquake Support Fund to specifically help Kopan Monastery and other related organizations. Thank you.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa
at Kane Hall
University of Washington
May 13, 2015
Speaking generally, Buddha taught two wings of awakening – wisdom and compassion. While the wisdom aspect, embodied by the practice of mindfulness, has been enthusiastically adopted in the west by the clinical health professions, and corporate leadership training programs alike, compassion has been relegated to a lesser role, perceived as too religious, too emotional, and possibly a sign of weakness in our hyper competitive culture.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa, through engaging stories, humor, scientific data, and offering personal reflections, inspired a capacity crowd of 400 at Kane Hall to confront our cultural biases towards compassion, and to consider that the first person to benefit through the practice of compassion is oneself.
Thank you to our precious teacher, Yangsi Rinpoche, for inviting Geshe Jinpa and physically bringing him to Seattle, caring for every detail of his itinerary and bringing the exquisitely beautiful Chenresig thangka. Thank you to Lauren Updyke and Margaret Murray of Whole U for answering and sending hundreds of emails and texts as we worked out the many interdependent aspects of the venue setup, and schedule. Thank you to Pam Cowan for loaning the beautiful furniture for the stage.
Thank you to Dr. Liliana Lengua and Dr. Bonnie Duran of UW for organizing the reception for faculty and local Dharma practitioners. And thank you to everyone who helped in countless other ways, and who came and listened and are now working on attaining realizations. May our practice of compassion alleviate the sufferings of infinite beings who transmigrate endlessly through the realms of samsara. May all these beings quickly awaken and be freed. Look for the video link to Geshe Jinpa’s teaching in our next e-blast.
If you didn’t get a chance to purchase Geshe Jinpa’s book, you can do so here. There were still a few autographed copies at UW Bookstore earlier today, but likely going fast. Hope to see you at the 5 week study group on Compassion beginning next Tuesday evening (see below)
Compassion: Tuesday Night Dharma Teachings & Conversation
begins May 19
5 week series
Join us on Tuesday nights for 5 weeks, beginning May 19 through June 16, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. After Geshe Thupten Jinpa’s visit to Seattle, we will be focusing on Compassion, utilizing discussion and guided meditation exercises. This class will be facilitated by Jordan Van Voast. Jordan has studied with a number of Buddhist teachers since 1992, including Venerable Thubten Chodron, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Yangsi Rinpoche, and for two years at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India. This is a private home; there is ample street parking nearby but please avoid parking directly in front of the neighbor’s houses. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible (most of our events are audio-taped and made public). We ask that you do not smoke before coming and avoid strong perfumes and fragrant body care products. Please turn off your cell phone. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you. Location: 2109 31st Ave. S. Please pre-register for this class by emailing us.