The Three Principle Aspects of the Path

With Geshe Thupten Wangchen

11- 13 September

The wish for freedom, the altruistic intention, and the wisdom realizing emptiness constitute the essence of the Buddhist path.

The three principles are:

  • Renunciation: the wish to be free from suffering
  • Bodhicitta: the wish to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings 
  • Wisdom: the correct view of reality.

These are called the principals as they are the essence of the entire teachings of Lord Buddha. Historically, this text derives from Lama Je Tsongkhapa’s direct, visual communication with Lord Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom. Manjushri gave him this teaching and then Lama Je Tsongkhapa gave it to his disciples.

Lam-tso nam-sum, the Three Principal Aspects is a short text, it is very simple and practical and is a universal teaching that anyone can understand, benefit from and apply to their daily lives.

Geshe Thupten Wangchen was born of Tibetan parents in India in 1966. At the age of 10, he entered the Tibetan Buddhist educational system of the Gelugpa tradition as a novice monk at Sera Jhey Monastery in South India. Geshe-la later took full ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.In 1998, after 23 years of dedicated study of the major philosophical texts and rigorous examinations he was conferred the Lharam Geshe degree or PhD in Buddhist Philosophy.

After receiving the Lharampa Geshe degree in 1998, Geshe-la completed a series of preliminary practice retreats in Bodh Gaya, the holy place where Buddha attained enlightenment.

 In 1998, Geshe-la began a further period of study at the Gyuto Tantric College in Arunachal Pradesh. Following his studies Geshe-la taught Tibetan and Western students at Kopan monastery in Nepal (in 2000) and also taught as a tenured lecturer of Buddhist philosophy at Varanasi University in India in 2001.

At the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Wangchen kindly agreed to become the Resident Teacher at Dorje Chang Institute in Auckland. Geshe-la came to New Zealand in June of 2003. Geshe -la also teaches and leads retreats regularly here at Mahamudra Retreat Centre, we are very fortunate to have such a teacher available for our dharma students in New Zealand.

The retreat may have moments of silence.

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