with Ven. Tenzin Legtsok and Ven. Tenzin Namjong
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
Ocean of Compassion is pleased to announce the beginning of a new cycle of the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Program. The program will be taught by two monks who are nearing completion of their Geshe studies at Sera Jey Monastic University in India.
The program will follow the official FPMT Discovering Buddhism curriculum. The aim of the Discovering Buddhism program is to give participants a solid footing in the practice of Mahayana Buddhism. By engaging in this program, participants will gain an experiential taste of the Buddha's teachings, some retreat experience, and the skills they need to make their lives most meaningful.
The purpose of this orientation is to give students a chance to meet Venerable Legtsok and Venerable Namjong and to hear them talk about their approach to learning and to teaching.
The Discovering Buddhism program consists of 14 modules. It is an estimated 2-year course for which students may receive a certificate of completion upon fulfillment of all requirements. All are welcome to participate in this program regardless of certification interest.
Students are encouraged to attend this program from the beginning, as the modules build on one another. Please contact us if you would like to join later. This is to ensure that you have the necessary background knowledge in Buddhism.
Venerable Tenzin Legtsok is in the eighteenth year of the Geshe Studies Program at Sera Jey Monastic University in South India where he studies classic Indian Buddhist treatise and their Tibetan commentaries in the tradition of ancient Nalanda University. He has been ordained as a Buddhist monk since 2001.
Born in Virginia, USA in 1973, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in 1995. The question, “What makes for the most happy and meaningful life,” which compelled him to major in philosophy during college gradually led to his study of meditation and philosophy with teachers among the exiled Tibetan communities in India and Nepal from 1999 until the present.
For the past ten years he has tried to make basic Buddhist teachings accessible to various audiences in India and the US through lectures, essays, and meditation instruction.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Venerable Tenzin Namjong studied and trained in Zen and Theravada traditions before embracing the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, due mainly to the kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University and has been part of the 19 year Geshe study program at Sera Je Monastery in South India since 2007.
Venerable Legtsok and Venerable Namjong are registered teachers of the FPMT and they regularly teach at FPMT centers in India.