In this six-week course we will introduce you to the essential teachings of Buddhist philosophy and how these concepts fit together to form a complete system for achieving enlightenment. This will be a wonderful opportunity to really explore the profound wisdom that has tamed the minds of countless people and brought peace and harmony into their lives.
We are particularly fortunate that Khentrul Rinpoché, the author of the book Unveiling Your Sacred Truth, has agreed to be a guest lecturer for the first session of the course. With his keen insight and profound understanding of the Buddha’s teachings, he will provide us with an excellent foundation to then expand upon in the following weeks.
The course will be delivered over the span of six weeks with sessions lasting approximately one and half hours. Each session will include a mixture of guided meditation, lectures and discussion. Participants will be expected to commit to at least two hours each week for study and reflection on the assigned readings.
6 June : The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma
13 June : An Unbiased Approach to the Buddhist View
20 June : The Four Seals of Buddhism
27 June : The Four Noble Truths
4 July : Emptiness and the Middle Way Philosophy
11 July : Buddha-Nature—The Ultimate Ground of Enlightenment
- Clearly distinguish the methodology used by the Buddha for guiding students of different faculties.
- Understand the progressive nature of the Buddha’s teachings and how they are applied to an individual practitioner.
- Be able to identify the core concepts that make up a complete Buddhist view.
- Be able to connect these concepts with corresponding systems of practice.
Full-Course: $100 for six sessions
Drop-In: $20 for a single session
Concession: 25% off of regular fees
Make sure to register prior to the event by purchasing your tickets on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-essence-of-buddhism-tickets-34456655785
1) “Unveiling Your Sacred Truth through the Kalachakra Path, Book One: The External Reality” by Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö
2) “Ocean of Diversity: An unbiased summary of views and practices, gradually emerging from the teachings of the world's wisdom traditions” by Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö
Shar Khentrul Rinpoché Jamphel Lodrö: A specialist in the profound practices of the Kalachakra Tantra, Khentrul Rinpoché is known for his direct approach and pragmatic teachings. Drawing from more than 25 years of intensive training in the ancient monasteries of Tibet, he has written multiple books presenting in detail the various aspects of the Kalachakra Path. As one of only a handful of masters who teach this extraordinary system of practice and the only one to do so in English, he is highly sought after by students from around the world. When not at home in Melbourne Australia, Rinpoché can be found teaching to communities in Asia, North America and Europe.
Joe Flumerfelt: Originally from Canada, Joe has spent the last eight years training intensively in the philosophy and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. During this time he has travelled around the world to receive teachings from masters such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoché, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoché, His Eminence Garchen Rinpoché and Alan Wallace. In 2014, Joe moved to Australia to study Kalachakra with Khentrul Rinpoché and has been working closely with him to communicate his teachings in the English language.