Discovering the Buddha within

S.E. Gyalton Rinpoché,
7 to 10 September 2023


Tuesday 7 to Sunday 10 – “Discovering the Buddha within”

Discovering the Buddha Within is an experiential learning program of the Buddha Dharma created as part of the vast vision of Guru Vajradhara His Holiness the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

The purpose of this curriculum is to explain the essence of the Buddha’s teachings in a simple and detailed way. This three-year course follows the Buddha’s teachings on the three wheels of the Dharma, and continues with the sacred transmission of the four tantras that correspond to the three gradual levels of recognition of the ultimate nature of mind and phenomena.

For each level, the teacher will explain the view (intellectual understanding), meditation (experiential understanding), and application (applying this understanding to change one’s daily habits) of the topics according to Shravakayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Through these three aspects: View, Meditation, and Action, one will discover the Buddha within oneself.

Meditations that form the core part of each level are divided into two sections: Shamatha (calm abiding) and Vipashyana (advanced insight).

View the entire three-year program

Level 1 – Inner Peace

Focuses on calming the mind and developing insight and wisdom through some simple yet profound study, meditations, and contemplations derived from the Shravakayana teachings of the Buddha.

Awareness meditations and precise knowledge will allow students to discover inner peace, accept and let go of worldly concerns without grasping at or rejecting them, and develop a stable aspiration for genuine freedom.

In this level students will:

1. Learn the essence of meditation

  • Develop and nurture awareness and inner peace using breath, body, feelings, thoughts, emotions, and phenomena as a support for meditation.

2. Learn the basics of Buddhism through knowledge and advanced insight meditation

  • Understand the shortcomings of one’s life and the world, the origins and cessation of suffering, and the means to reach that cessation, along with understanding refuge -the starting point of the path to an everlasting state of well-being, rich with innate goodness and radiant pure qualities.

  • Develop advanced insight meditation mainly based on experiential observation of the natural flow of everything as being impermanent.

Gyalton Rinpoche, Karma Palden Lungtok Trinle Rangye, is the seventh reincarnation of the lineage, was born in Sikkim and was recognized and enthroned as Gyalton Tulku in 1983 by the current XII Tai Situ Rinpoche. Gyalton Rinpoche moved to live in Palpung Sherab Ling, headquarters of the XII Tai Situ from which he received teachings, carried out the corresponding higher Buddhist studies and the traditional retreat for which in 2003 he was appointed Vajra Master of the Sherab Ling monastery. He also studied science and languages at university speaking fluent English, Hindi and Nepali and mastering Western cultural forms.

Rinpoche has traveled to many Buddhist and Palpung-affiliated centers in many countries of the world to give teachings, initiations and perform ceremonies as a representative of Guru Vajradhara the XII Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.

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