Geshe Tsulga was born in Tibet in 1939. He entered the Monastery at the age of seven and began his studies for his geshe degrees by the age of seventeen. He fled Tibet in 1959 and resumed his studies under difficult conditions as a refugee in India. In 1988 he graduated with high honors from Sera Je Monastery. He furthered his studies at Gyume Tantric College for one year and then returned to teach at Sera. Then he was invited to teach in United States by the organization of Lama Yeshe, arriving in 1992. Since then many people have benefited from the teachings given regularly by Geshe-la in several different Dharma centres on the East coast, including ourselves. We deeply appreciate Geshe-la's great kindness, humility, and extensive knowledge of Buddhist philosophy.
Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels
The Three Jewels are our ultimate refuge. They are the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. The Buddha is the spiritual guide who gives us refuge. The Dharma is the actual refuge and our practice of it protects us from suffering. The Sangha is constituted of spiritually realized beings, our virtuous friends who help us on the path to enlightenment.
is in its tenth year as an annual event at our Temple, during the month of Zaga Dawa. This day commemorates the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. The reading of the texts is followed by a Lama Chöpa Tsog. Refreshments are served by the patrons of the Kangyur texts, Mr & Mrs Barshee of Granby, Que. We are very happy that Geshe Tsulga will be visiting with us during this time. Be sure not to miss this very wonderful day of celebration -
"Who is Heruka Vajrasattva? We consider him to be a manifestation of the unity of fully developed male and female energy, the complete purity of the state of enlightenment. Out of their great compassion and limitless love, the buddhas and bodhisattvas have manifested their collected purity in the archetypal image of Vajrasattva so that we can identify ourselves with him.... The Vajrasattva practice can lead us beyond ego, beyond grasping, and beyond the dualistic mind. That's what Vajrasattva practice is about." - a quote from Lama Thubten Yeshe
During this teaching Geshe Tsulga will give further commentary on one of the most powerful mental purification practices in the vast array of the Buddhist meditations.
We will celebrate this occasion with an offering of Tsog with longlife prayers for our spiritual guide, Geshe-la. Bring fruits, cookies, flowers, candles and such as offering for this day.