Transforming Problems into Happiness 

19 - 24 October 2017

A Next Step course taught by Geshe Lobsang Sherab

It introduces the student to a deeper understanding of Buddhist philosophy by drawing on texts composed by previous and current masters, showing the relevance of their insights and advice to our daily life.

You need to have attended an introductory course to qualify for this course.

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This course is based on a text called Seven Point Mind Training like the Rays of the Sun. It was composed by the 14th century master, Horton Namkha Pal, a disciple of the great saint Lama Tsong Khapa.

This particular mind training teaching in the Tibetan tradition is called a great vehicle instruction, because the methods explained are mostly concerned with developing compassion and loving kindness, the altruistic mind of enlightenment.

Composed many centuries ago, the mind training teaching are more than ever relevant to our daily life. They assist us in identifying and overcoming our negative, limiting attitudes and concepts, and show us ways to transform adversity into advantage. So, not only do these instructions help us open out towards other beings, but they also help us transform whatever difficulties come our way into something valuable.

Presented here are series of skillful practical methods of transforming our problems into a tool to generate great compassion in us, and achieve everlasting happiness

The author and the teachings
The "Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun" exemplifies Tsong-khapa's presentation of mind training. The author, Nam-kha Pel received the lineage of this fundamental text, the explanation of the "Seven Point Mind Training," from various sources including Je Rinpoche (Lama Tsong Khapa), his principal teacher. What is distinctive about this presentation is that Nam-kha Pel managed to combine both the mind training instructions as they are recorded in Geshey Che-ka-wa's text with the Stages of the Path (Lam Rim) as explained by Lama Tsong Khapa .

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The Course Teacher

Geshe Losang Sherab is a senior monk at Kopan Monastery. He completed his geshe degree (doctor of philosophy) in 2010, and is now teaching the Monastery monks. He has been teaching Western students for some years and presents the Dharma in an appropriately humourous and meaningful way for modern students.

The course is presented in English.


Course Details

Course Date:  19 - 24 October 2017

Course Cost: 90 US$

The course starts at 5 pm on October 19 and finishes at lunchtime on October 24
Check in time is  3 pm on the first day.
The course fee includes all meals, accommodation in dormitory and course material.
Please note: Rooms other than dormitory incur an additonal charge according to the price as advertised.

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Kopan Monastery
(Nepal Buddhist Mahayana Center Gompa)

Kopan Monastery is affiliated with FPMT
(Foundation for the preservation of the Mahayana Tradition)