On this page you will find video recordings of past teachings and you can watch them by clicking on the links below.
KHYONGLA RATO RINPOCHE, May 2016
Khyongla Rato Rinpoche: Atisha's Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment
Rimpoche gave a talk on Atisha's Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment. As he said, Lama Tsong Kapa's Lamrim text is a commentary on this, so his talk was by necessity just an introduction. Before he started his talk he said that he used to visit the UK a lot, many years ago. People used to call him the Blue Jeans Lama, or Uncle Charlie. As he said, Rinpoche does not exist from his own side - the referent points for those names are the aggregates. His talk was full of kindness and understanding.
DAGRI RINPOCHE, September 2016
Rinpoche taught Lam Rim Preliminary teachings before giving initiations at our Centre during the weekend from 23 - 26 September
GESHE TASHI TSERING TEACHINGS
Buddhist Practice Step by Step
For those new to and those who are complete beginners in Buddhism and Buddhist practice. Also useful for those who need to refresh their memory about the key practices in Buddhism and what they are there for.
Enjoy Geshe Tashi's practical, no nonsense presentation of the essentials of Buddhist practice for beginners. Geshe Tashi has spent many years presenting Buddhism in London and elsewhere in Europe and the Americas. He has a pretty good idea of what makes students tick and where misunderstandings can come in to the transmission of the Buddha Dharma from Tibetan Buddhism to 21st century multi cultural folk in the metropolis.
Geshe Tashi shares his thoughts on the essentials of what the Buddha taught, the relevance of his teachings 2,400 years ago to our busy 21st century well wired metropolitan lives, and what Buddhism can offer us in terms of mental and spiritual development, stability, happiness and resilience.
Geshe Tashi has been teaching and interacting with Londoners of all ethnicities and creeds and age groups for over 20 years now and has also studied at University. Over the years as he has learned more about how we tick/ what works for us, he has been developing and refining his presentation of Buddhism for Beginners to cut the jargon (or at least explain it) and cut to the essentials. Also, he is by now very aware of where we non Tibetans tend to misunderstand traditional presentations and of how the essentials can often get ‘lost in translation’.
Compassion and Wisdom
Compassion without wisdom can be misdirected and mawkish. Wisdom without compassion can be dry and sharp. Our mind and heart need to be in balance for us to thrive and help others. Geshe Tashi explored these two complementary aspects of our basic humanity.
But at our level we too have mental moments of generosity, of ethical restraint, of perseverance, of enthusiastic energy for positive things, of calm mental strength focus and clarity, and wisdom. The seeds of the perfections are here with us right now.
Geshe Tashi explores basic goodness and how we can nurture and enhance these seeds so that start to grow into something broad, beautiful and brave – the altruism of a Bodhisattva.
Intermediate / Text based:
The Enlightenment Potential
Geshe Tashi explored the concept of the ‘element’ in all of us that enables us to break away from the whirly gig of repetitive unenlightened unhelpful behaviour and wake up from the necromancer’s spell of the bonfire of the vanities that binds us in samsara, the unenlightened vortex of problematic experience we seem so addicted to. Geshe-la will based his explanation on a reading of the fourth of the seven impenetrable points in the Indian Buddhist text ‘Jewel Lineage’ by Maitreyanatha and the the Indian Pandit Asanga.
Geshe Tashi explored 'The Superior Insight' section Lama Tsongkhapa’s middle length Graded path to Enlightenment text is rightly considered as the most subtle and refined presentation of his view of emptiness in the Prasangika Madhyamaka system and what that means for practice. Correct experiential understanding of emptiness is what frees us and others from samsara, the repetitive cycle of being unenlightened.
Middle Length Lam Rim
Geshe Tashi has been and still is slowly working through the Middle Lam Rim, a book on the meditations of the Gradual Path to Enlightenment written for meditators by the great Je Rinpoche Tsongkhapa. The presentation of Tsongkhapa here is considered his final word on the emptiness of the Prasangika Madhyamaka and is highly valued in the tradition.
To get the most from this set of teachings please read around in the Geluk reading of the Prasangika Madhyamaka.
Essence of Eloquence
Geshe Tashi started to unpack the teachings of the founder of the Geluk tradition Je Rinpoche Lama Tsongkhapa on the Middle Way as found in his larger “Essence of Eloquence” text at the beginning of 2016 and his teaching will continue throughout the year and will continue in 2017.
The text is available in English, in a translation by Professor Robert Thurman called “Tsongkhapa’s Speech of Gold in the Essence of True Eloquence” or “The Central Philosophy of Tibet”.
There are many books on the subject which support this topic, such as:
- Geshe Tashi's own FBT course book "Emptiness"
- "How to See Yourself As You Really Are" by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
- "Insight into Emptiness" by Geshe Jampa Tegchok
- "Appearance and Reality" by Guy Newland
Please see Geshe Tashi's announcements on our YouTube channel. For questions and answers with Geshe Tashi please visit our Vimeo channel.
Prof. Dr. Jan Willis - Evening Talk Series 3, 4 & 5 June 2016
Fri 3 June 2016 - Women in Buddhism
Sat 4 June 2016 - Ganden Oral Tradition
Sun 5 June 2016 - The Importance of Bodhicitta
Dr Jan Willis was one of Lama Thubten Yeshe’s first students, he was her teacher for fifteen years, from 1969 until 1984. She is one of the two ‘famous’ African American women in the early story of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
She's is now a highly respected academic. Jan holds a (BA and MA in Philosophy, Cornell University; PhD in Indic and Buddhist Studies, Columbia University) she is Professor Emerita of Religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and now Visiting Professor of Religion at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. She has studied with Tibetan Buddhists in India, Nepal, Switzerland and the U.S. for almost five decades, and has taught courses in Buddhism for just over forty years. She is the author of numerous books amongst others: Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition (1995), The Diamond Light: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation (1972), On Knowing Reality: The Tattvartha Chapter of Asanga's Bodhisattvabhumi (1979), Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition (1995); and the editor of Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet (1989). In 2001, she authored the memoir, Dreaming Me: An African American Woman’s Spiritual Journey (which was re-issued in 2008 by Wisdom Publications as Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist—One Woman’s Spiritual Journey).
We aim to record most of our future teachings of High Lamas, Geshe Tashi and other visiting teachers. Watch this space for more videos!
The Meridian Trust YouTube channel also features further video teachings.