A journalist once asked a well-known Tibetan lama, “Why are Western people interested in Buddhism?” He replied simply, “Because they want to be happy.”
And that’s Buddhism in a nutshell: a clear explanation of what happiness is and how to get it.
In this short course, which is based on the famous Kopan one-month courses, we will examine the Buddhist path to happiness and how to put it into practice. Topics to be covered include the nature of the mind, meditation, suffering and its causes, cause and effect, the nature of reality and, of course, how to be truly happy.
Our teacher, Dr. Nick Ribush, first encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 1972, when he attended the third one-month course given there. It was taught by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, two of the lamas most instrumental in the transmission of Buddhism to the West and founders of not only Milarepa Center but also the FPMT, the international organization of which Milarepa is part. One of the main things that impressed Nick was the way Tibetan Buddhism distills the complexity of the vast Buddhist teachings into a clear path that can be understood and practiced by anybody, a roadmap to enlightenment (in Tibetan: lam-rim, the stages of the path). Another was that nobody was expected to accept what was taught unchallenged…everything is up for analysis and debate, following true scientific method. And that’s what we will be sharing over the five days of this course.
Dr. Nick has been directing the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive since founding it in 1996. Before that he founded and directed Wisdom Publications, Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre and Kurukulla Center, and in general has worked full-time for the FPMT for more than forty years.
Open to all levels.
Early registration fee (paid in full before July 11): $300
Registration fee (paid in full on or after July 11): $400
If you would like to pay by check, please make it payable to Milarepa Center and mail your check to:
P.O. Box 51
Barnet, VT 05821