Courses
At the Bodhichitta Foundation

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Khenpo Negi
has the wonderful gift of Direct Transmission teaching
that requires minimal ceremony and few texts

He generously offers these teachings one on one to individual students and small groups upon request.
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The Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment by Atisha Dipankara Shrijnana

This is one of the most notable texts by Atisha, the eleventh-century Indian Buddhist scholar and meditation master (982-1054). Atisha wrote this text which established the graduated path to enlightenment at the request of the king Jangchub O who wanted to re-establish and spread the Buddha Dharma in Tibet. Jangchub O asked 7 important questions on practice to Atisha, from the most basic to the most advanced and the questions and answers were all recorded in this text.

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The text integrates all the teachings of Buddha into a step-by-step practice and sets forth the entire Buddhist path in 68 four-line verses, distilling the essence of all the teachings of the Buddha into a clear, progressive arrangement that makes it easy for any individual to understand and practice the Dharma. Due to the clear aspiration Jangchub had, by listening to, reflecting and meditation on the "Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment" dispels ignorance in one's mind and gives realization and joy. Through this text, many had realized enlightenment in the past.
This text is based on the Prajnaparamita teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and is the source all the teachings on the graduated path to enlightenment of all the schools of Vajrayana Buddhism.
The course provides students with an in-depth understanding of this precious text and is suitable for all especially those who are aspiring on the path to practice so as to benefit others.

Milarepa's Songs on Madhyamika View

Jetsun Milarepa (1052-1135), is a famous yogi and a renown Kagyu lineage master, who attained profound realization of the Mahamudra within one life time through his unwavering faith, perseverance and dedication in his practice.

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In his youth he had been a magician, but having seen the futility of that pursuit, he became a yogi under the strict guidance of the great translator, Marpa of Lhodrak (1012-97). Through years of dedicated meditation and related practices in the solitude of the mountains, he attained profound realization that enabled him to guide numerous disciples.
He wandered from village to village, teaching the path through his spontaneously composed songs. Wherever he went, crowds of people would gather to hear his heart-capturing and sweet-sounding voice "singing the Dharma". He was naturally endowed with the wondrous ability to express the essence of the Buddha's Dharma spontaneously arisen out of his realization, in the most comprehensive ways, that could be understood by all calibers.
Many songs of Milarepa expressed his realization based on the Madhyamika view of emptiness; which illuminates the emptiness and selflessness’s nature of all phenomenal existences.
It is extremely crucial for a practitioner to develop the right view that based on Madhyamika, as it is not only the ground for meditation practice, and by itself is also the ultimate fruition state of realization and liberation.
In this course, selected important songs of Milarepa, which skillfully elucidate the essence of the Madhyamika, will be presented and taught to the students. Through that, may all students gain the great inspiration in practice, and ultimately realize the true nature of one's mind.

Kamalashila's 'The Stages of Meditation', (Bhavana Krama)

This 7 days meditation teaching cum retreat program is based on a rare text, 'Bhavanakrama' or 'The Stages of Meditation', written by Acharya Kamalashila, a great Indian scholar-yogi of the ninth century and a disciple of the abbot Shantarakshita.

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Buddha taught that the path to Enlightenment entails three types of training: virtue; meditation and wisdom.
The practice of meditation and its integration in our everyday activities is important. It is the key for one to experience peace, calmness, clarity and sharpness in our minds, leading to the development of wisdom through which one ultimately attains realization of the true nature of the mind.
In this 7 days meditation teaching cum retreat program, students will be taught the proper practical meditation techniques on Shamatha (one-pointedness) meditation as well as Vispassana (the development of insight) meditation.
Besides practical meditation sessions, there will teachings to clarify misconceptions based on the important quotations extracted from the text 'The Stages of Meditation' taught by Kamalashila, as well as other important sutras on meditation as taught by the Buddha.
This course is suitable for people who are new to meditation, as well as those who wish to further their practice and understanding. Personal guidance will be given according to individual capability. The teacher for this course is a famous academic in Buddhist Philosophy and an established practitioner in the Kagyu and Nyingma Tradition of Buddhism.

Introduction to Buddha Nature - Tathagatagarbha

During the Third Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, Buddha conferred the teaching of the 'Mind Only School' and 'Tathagatagarbha' which discloses that all beings have the 'Buddha Nature' from the beginningless time. It resides in each and every being and because of this heart nature; there is the possibility of us in attaining Buddhahood. As long as a being is not enlightened, the Buddha nature is covered by the obscurations. When the obscurations are purified, the quality of the Buddha will manifest and naturally take place.

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This course will provide an overview and introduction on the 'Uttara Tantra Shastra', a important treatise by Maitreya which elucidates the nature and qualities of Buddha nature.
To a tantric practitioner, a correct understanding of the Buddha Nature is essential and of utmost importance, since it is the ground and forms the base of Vajrayana meditation, especially Mahamudra practice. Through the identification of one‘s own Buddha Nature, both in meditation and daily life, the realization would unfold effortlessly.