Sunday, 19 December 2010

Teachings by Venerable George

Amitabha Buddhist Centre has invited Venerable George to give a series of teachings which started today. He was instrumental in founding the Master's Program at Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa in Italy, studying and teaching for 8 years with an additional three-year tenure at Tushita Delhi. Ven. George has done many retreats in the Sutra and Tantra traditions and has taught extensively in America, Europe, India and Nepal, Russia, Mongolia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and most recently in the US where he taught the FPMT Basic Program for more than two years.

If you are relatively new to Buddhism or you are already a practitioner, do join in the teachings to gain more insights and understanding, especially on the topic of Emptiness. 

Success = Career Achievement?
Date: Sun 26 Dec 2010 (2 – 5pm)
So you’ve graduated…what’s next for you? Where do you go from here? Whether you are a fresh grad or an executive making a career change, Venerable George’s practical wisdom will help you find focus and self-confidence to build the mindset and motivation you need for career excellence. 

Preparing for life's unmistakable final journey.
Date: Wed 29 Dec 2010 (7.30 - 9.30pm)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama says that it is so difficult at the time of death to really meditate as you did in life. If during your life you couldn't meditate well, then you won't be able to meditate at death, you won't be able to hold concentration. Venerable George will speak on practicing the good heart, loving-kindness and compassion for the benefit of self and others.

Buddhism & Science
Date: Sun 2 Jan 2011 (2 – 5pm)
Do you know that spiritual practice has a foundation in Science? Venerable George, a physicist, will share the scientific view of happiness. Get your burning questions about how religion relates to Science answered right now.

Introduction to Emptiness
Date: 21/12/2010, 23/12/2010, 28/12/2010, 31/12/2010, 04/01/2011 (7.30 – 9.30pm)
 
“One of the most important philosophical insights in Buddhism comes from what is known as the theory of emptiness. At its heart is the deep recognition that there is a fundamental disparity between the way we perceive the world, including our own experience in it, and the way things actually are.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Emptiness is a key concept in the ontology of Mahayana Buddhism and it arises from the Buddha’s observation that nothing possesses an essential, enduring identity. Emptiness is not a mystical sort of nothingness, but a specific truth that can be understood through calm and careful reflection. In 5 sessions, Ven George will give an introductory explanation of emptiness and the ultimate nature of reality, analyzing the way various phenomena exist and teaching how to meditate on emptiness.

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