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GESHE TENZIN ZOPA’S 2018 TOUR

Heart and Wisdom Teachings

‘It is often said that, in a sense, emptiness is the heart of the Mahayana, but the heart of emptiness is compassion.’  Karl Brunnholzl

FPMT in Australia is fortunate to be able to have the internationally respected and popular Geshe Tenzin Zopa undertake a national teaching tour of the following centres from 6th July to 2nd September 2018. The tour includes commentaries on the Heart of Perfection of Wisdom sutra – the essence of enlightenment – as well as introductions to Mahayana Buddhist Tantra – a potentially lightning fast approach to enlightenment. Living and dying with compassion and meaning – developing the good heart – will also be explored through teachings from a teacher who is renowned for his accessible, inspiring style which, combined with the wide knowledge and experience gained through years of study and retreat, helps to bring the Buddha’s most profound teachings to life in our hearts.

  • Buddha House – Adelaide, 6-8 July, Introduction to Tantra Click here
  • Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre, 14-15 July, The Heart Sutra retreat Click here
  • Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist centre, 21-24 July AMENDMENT – Changed to 18th and 19th August, The Heart of Perfection of Wisdom Sutra retreat Click here
  • Gold Coast Langri Tangpa Centre Outreach group, 26 July HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 2019 Making Life Meaningful  Click here
  • Langri Tangpa Centre – Brisbane originally scheduled for 28-29 July HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL EARLY 2019, Establishing a Tantric Practice, Understanding the 6 Session Commitment Visit here
  • Hayagriva Buddhist Centre – Perth, 24th – 27th August, 3 Aspects of the Path,Meditation beyong Niceness, 6 Session Sadhana Click here
  • Hospice of Mother Tara – Bunbury, 1-2 September Compassionate Dying Click here

Biography

Geshe Tenzin Zopa was born in 1972 in the Tsum Valley in Nepal and is a Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Mahayana tradition. He is known by the title Geshe, which is Tibetan for professor of Buddhist philosophy. He entered Sera Jey University in 1990 to undertake extensive studies in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and graduated as a Geshe in 2007.

The highly esteemed late Geshe Lama Konchok, became Geshe Zopa’s spiritual and temporal guardian when Geshe-la was three. From that time Geshe Lama Konchok gave Geshe Zopa commentaries on various important Buddhist sutra and tantra texts. Geshe Tenzin Zopa became Geshe Lama Konchok’s closest disciple and was his assistant and translator until his teacher’s death in 2001. The multi award-winning documentary ‘Unmistaken Child’ covers his search over 5 years for the recognised reincarnation of his late master.

Geshe-la entered Kopan Monastery in 1984 and was ordained as a monk. At Kopan he studied Tibetan language, English, Nepali, art, lama dance, ritual, puja, and Buddhist philosophy. He became close to, and received teachings from many high lamas across many different lineages. During his adult life Geshe Tenzin Zopa has worked for his close teacher, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, as an international touring Geshe within Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). He has taught extensively across the world in Europe, the Indian sub-continent, Asia, and Australia and was the longest serving Resident Teacher of Losang Dragpa Centre, Malaysia. In Malayasia Geshela further served as the Dharma advisor to Kasih Hospice Care Society and retreat centre Rinchen Jangsem Ling Dharma Society; both FPMT centres.

Projects undertaken by Geshela include taking responsibility for the temporal and spiritual development of Rachen Nunnery and Mu Monastery, Tsum, Nepal and supervising the completion of the 1000 Buddha Relics Memorial Stupa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal.

A prolific teacher, Geshela is the author of 12 books, “Buddha Nature and Preliminary Prayers and Their Explanations”,  “Karma & the 12 Links”,  “Ask the Geshe – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times”,  “Mirror to Your Life”, “Whose Truth?”, “The Yamantaka Short Sadhana Practice”,  “Meditation”, “A concise commentary to the Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment”; “Lam Rim – Graduated Path to Enlightenment” and “Buddhist TenetsA commentary on Chokyi Gyaltsen’s A Presentation of Tenets” , “The Thousand Buddha Relic Stupa”, “The Holy Child of Kopan” and 3 more are in the pipeline “37 Practices to Enlightenment”, “Commentary on the Bodhicaryavatara” and “Buddhist Tantra – The Practice of Purity”. Click here

Geshe Tenzin Zopa is undertaking the important responsibility of overseeing the physical, mental and spiritual development of Tulku Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche, the unmistaken reincarnation of the late great mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog.

He is currently based in Australia and has extensive commitments world wide, as he follows the advice of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in his work for the FPMT, helping students to understand and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha internationally.