"The fundamental philosophical principle of Buddhism is that all our suffering comes about as a result of

an undisciplined mind, and this untamed mind itself comes about because of ignorance and negative emotions. 

For the Buddhist practitioner then, regardless of whether he or she follows the approach of the Fundamental Vehicle, Mahayana or Vajrayana, negative emotions are always the true enemy, a factor that has to be overcome and eliminated, and it is only by applying methods for training the mind that these negative emotions can be dispelled and eliminated.  This is why in Buddhist writings and teachings we find such an extensive explanation of the mind and its different processes and functions.

Since these negative emotions are states of mind, the method or technique for overcoming them must be developed from within.

There is no alternative. They cannot be removed by some external technique, like a surgical operation."

 

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama  'Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection' Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, 2004

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Philosophy Classes

ASIAN CLASSICS INSTITUTE

ACI Classes are dedicated to the serious study and personal practice of the original teachings of the Buddha. The Institute was established by Geshe Michael Roach under the spiritual direction of Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, a distinguished scholar and master of Buddhism from Tibet.

 

All teachings are offered by donation, and teachers are well trained and experienced. The purpose of the courses is to provide a thorough, accurate Tibetan Buddhist education to anyone interested. These Courses parallel the same basic core of information that a Geshe (Doctor of Theology) learns at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

 

As a result of completing full studies with Khen Rinpoche and at Sera Monastery in India, Geshe Michael Roach developed and taught this seven-year Formal Study Program which  condenses the essence of the Six Great Books of Buddhism into a series of 15 Formal Study Courses to train the next generation of Western Tibetan Buddhist teachers. That's you! 

 

 

 

Meditation Classes

 

STILLNESS

Whether your practice is meditation, prayer, skiing, or enjoying your breakfast, your ability to concentrate your full attention on the present moment of experience is the key to attaining the results for which you hope.  For 2500 years, Buddhist contemplatives have regarded single‑pointed concentration to be as vital to health as food and sleep, and generations of meditators have refined step‑by‑step techniques for training the mind. Developing Shamatha, effortless single-pointed focus, is an important aspect of meditation training at Three Jewels.

 

INSIGHT

Among all the world’s philosophies and religions, the Buddha’s great innovation was the development of an empirical system of practice that investigates the nature of the mind and it’s role in shaping the world of our experience.  He outlined a series of meditative experiments to test these hypotheses and arrive at the truth of our own experience. 

 

Developing insight is a key ingredient to the eradication of one's suffering, and from there- the ability to liberate all beings from suffering.

 

 

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"Seeds of the Sun: The Gift of Dharma" is an illustrated guide to Meditation, drawn from the reading (written by Je Tsongkapa from the Lam Rim Chen Mo) taken from ACI course 3.  This is a practical guide to have next to your meditation cushion!

 

All profits go to The Global Family Project, an organization which supports families by providing work, often in the form of digitizing rare Tibetan texts like the one this book contains.