Beginning June 22, the Gampopa Center will offer a new twelve-week class on the preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. The center is located at 424 Fourth Street in Annapolis.
The class will study the book Words of My Perfect Teacher, a complete translation of a classic introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. The text is a commentary on the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingthig, one of the best known cycles of teachings and a spiritual treasure of all of the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Michael Hess will lead the Monday evening class, which will also include a short meditation. Hess has been a Tibetan Buddhist for almost 20 years, and has studied and practiced the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingthig for more than a decade. With his generous attitude and practice-oriented, engaging teaching style, he makes Buddhist wisdom accessible and relevant to modern students.
New students are welcome throughout the series. The class is suitable for students of all levels, including those new to Tibetan Buddhism or the preliminary practices. It is not necessary to own or read the book in advance to attend a meeting. Visitors and members have access to all sessions on a drop-in basis; no advance registration is required. People can attend on an “as can” basis, attending as much or as little as they are able. Attendees sit on floor cushions or chairs provided at the center.
The Gampopa Center was founded in 2009 by its main teacher, Tibetan born Lama Phurbu Tashi Rinpoche. The center holds weekly study sessions, short courses, and special events at its Annapolis location.
It is the Gampopa Center’s wish to provide teachings and on a no-charge basis for those wish to explore Buddhism. While there is no fee for weekly sessions, attendees are encouraged to make a small donation if they are so moved.