GESHE SHERAB RETURNS!
January – March 2018
Popular teacher, Geshe Thubten Sherab, returns to Australia in 2018 to teach at the following centres:
- Chenrezig Institute – Sunshine Coast www.chenrezig.com.au
- Langri Tangpa Centre – Brisbane www.langritangpa.org.au
- Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre – Blue Mountains www.kunsangyeshe.com.au
- Potawa Study Group – Wagga Wagga http://potowabuddhistgroup.simplesite.com/
- Chag Tong Chen Tong Tibetan Buddhist centre – Hobart www.chagtong.org
- Hospice of Mother Tara – Bunbury www.hmt.org.au
Geshe Thubten Sherab is the Resident Geshe at Thubten Norbu Ling Tibetan Buddhist centre in Santa Fe, USA, and also spends part of his year touring Europe, Australasia and Asia where he is highly in demand. His warm and gentle style, and clear and concise teachings mean that he makes Tibetan Buddhism accessible to all. Geshe Thubten Sherab has had many years experience working with the Western mind and his English is excellent. He is a highly regarded and popular teacher both in Australia, and across the world.
Article exerpt from the HEXHAM COURANT, Wednesday 22nd November 2016
How to find inner peace
HE WAS born in a small village 10,000 feet up in the Himalayas, in the Nepalese province of Manang.
It was 1967 and just 200 people lived there. Many of them were, like his family, Tibetan refugees living a stone’s throw from the border with their real home.
His parents had five sons and so it was expected – it was the natural step – that at least one or two of them would be entered into a Buddhist monastery. It was an honour and a way of accumulating merit for a poor family.
Sherab was nine years old when Lama Yeshe, one of the two renowned founders of the Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, accepted him.
Years of study followed, much of it in India, until he’d earned the title of Geshe – attributed to the holders of degrees in Tibetan Buddhism – and attained the level that made him eminently qualified to return to his alma mater, the Kopan Monastery, as its headmaster, teaching the next generation.
He held that post for a few years, before deciding to relinquish it in favour of what he’s doing now. Travelling the world, spreading the word.
America, Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe … and his most recent visit, Greenhaugh and the Land of Joy Buddhist retreat tucked away in the rolling green hills of the North Tyne Valley.
He led a retreat there, teaching participants not only the practice of bodhicitta – in which the ultimate aim is to achieve enlightenment by replacing the sense of self with a sense of all sentient beings – but also how to achieve a therapeutic emptiness at the heart of daily life.
For ‘emptiness’ read a sense of inner peace that can help us all survive in a turbulent world, Geshe Sherab said during a public talk he gave at Hexham Community Centre.
His fusion of eastern philosophy and western culture, he feels sure, can help us all cope in these frenetic times.
“How to keep your minds peaceful despite the many difficult challenges surrounding us?” he began. “That’s a big job in times such as these.
“But it’s important to look at how we can keep our minds positive, hopeful and calm so that we are not overwhelmed and devastated by negativity.
“It’s not a simple job, but it is possible.”
Learning to meditate while focusing on improving our innate qualities of kindness and patience was the starting point.
The possessor of those traits in abundance could stand strong, like a mountain, in the face of any level of wind and rain. (Full article here)
LAMA ZOPA RINPOCHE’S RETREAT IN AUSTRALIA 2018
Friday 30th March to Saturday 12th May 2018
You are invited to attend this 6 week retreat with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, focusing on Rinpoche’s teaching on Shantideva’s “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life“,
with the optional tantric empowerments of Chakrasamvara and Rinjung Gyatsa.
This will be Rinpoche’s third extended teaching in Australia, having commenced in 2011.
Click here to find out more.
“Hearing the teachings benefits your own mind and later, because having heard it, you will be able to benefit others.”
“Try to eliminate the negative attitudes, which bring suffering, and increase the positive attitudes, which bring happiness”.
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche