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Discover Buddhist teachings in Truckee

Susi Lippuner
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee will be blessed by the teaching visit of advanced level Bhutanese monastic, Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk, the weekend of June 7, 8 and 9. This will be a rare and precious opportunity to receive a full introduction to Tibetan Buddhist thinking and practice, and to begin or to deepen into one's practice under the guidance of a most accomplished teacher.

Khenpo was born in eastern Bhutan in 1980. He has studied and practiced Buddhism since the age of 7. In 2001 he completed a nine-year Master's degree in Buddhist philosophy. After completing his studies, he taught for several years, and then, due to his exceptional scholarly ability, was appointed to be Principal of the Nyingma Institute. In 2006, the title of Khenpo (Ph.D. equivalent) was conferred upon him.

He is determined to promote peace and prosperity of every society with his noble teachings around the world. He traveled widely in Bhutan and Nepal until 2009, teaching students as well as receiving empowerments and teachings. In 2009, he was invited to the Buddhist Center Tara Mandala in the United States and began to teach there. Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk currently serves as president of Ewam Bhutan and travels widely, giving teachings and conducting ceremonies in the United States, Taiwan, India, and Bhutan. He is a Vajrayana and Dzochen practitioner of the highest order.

During his brief visit here he will offer an "Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism" and a short, simple breathing (Shamata) meditation on Friday, June 7, 6-8 p.m. at For Goodness Sake in Truckee.

The topic for Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., will be "The Four thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma" and "Instructions on Tonglen: The Meditation of Compassion and Tonglen Practice." In Tonglen, through our compassion, we embrace without resistance the various sufferings of all beings, and in return we give them our loving kindness, happiness, peace of mind, well being, healing and fulfillment.

On Sunday June 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., he will offer an in-depth exploration of "Aspiration Bodhicitta: The Four Immeasurables" and "Engaged Bodhicitta: The Six Paramitas."

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Bodhicitta literally means "The mind of awakening; the heart of awakening" and is understood as the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all others. Intention — The Four Immeasurables and Action, The Six Paramitas — are both needed to develop Bodhicitta which is "the spring and source and root of the entire spiritual path."

Students can come to one, two or all three of the teachings offered. Suggested donations for Friday are $15-25, for Saturday and Sunday $65-85 per day. Please note the teachings are freely offered and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

He is being hosted by For Goodness Sake and Polly Ryan of the Truckee Tara Mandala Meditation Group. His beautiful voice, compassionate nature, and warm sense of humor make his teachings a delight to attend. Please register early at For Goodness Sake at 530-550-8981 as seating is limited.

If you go

WHAT: Buddhist Teachings with Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk

WHEN: June 7, 6-8 p.m., June 8 and 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE: For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee