NAGARJUNA’S “SEVENTY STANZAS” by Ven. Geshe Dorji Damdul
Ven Geshe Dorji Damdul is presently Director at Tibet House, New Delhi, Cultural Centre of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1988, Geshe Dorji Damdul joined the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Dharamsala for formal studies in Buddhist logic, philosophy and epistemology. After 15 years of study in Buddhist philosophy he finished his Geshe Lharampa Degree (Ph.D.) in 2002 from Drepung Loseling Monastic University. He joined Gyudmed Tantric College for a year for Tantric studies.
He is appointed as the official translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama since 2005. He has been serving as the interpreter for H.H. the Dalai Lama for so many years and at the same time involved in doing written translations of many texts from Tibetan into English such as Arya Nagarjuna’s “Mulamadyamikakarika” (Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way), Acharya Shantideva’s “Bodhicaryavatara” (Wisdom Chapter).
He was appointed as the Director of Tibet House, Cultural Center of H.H. the Dalai Lama, New Delhi in March 2011.
While assigned with the responsibility of the Directorship of Tibet House, the Cultural Centre of H.H. the Dalai Lama, New Delhi, India, he also gives regular lectures in Tibet House and many other places like Universities and Institutes. He also travels widely within India and abroad, like Mumbai, USA, U.K., and Singapore to teach Buddhist philosophy, psychology, logic and practice.
05:45 – 08:00 am Morning Practice in congregation which will include:
o 10 minutes breathing meditation
o Meditation on the four seals of Buddha’s teachings
o Meditation on Bodhicitta and taking the aspirational Bodhisattva vow
o Meditation on Emptiness
08:00 – 09:00 am Breakfast
09:00 – 10:30 am Teaching followed by Question and Answer – Session I
10:30 – 11:30 am Tea break with Group Discussion (among the participants)
11:30 – 12:30 pm Teaching followed by Question and Answer – Session II
12:30 – 03:00 pm Lunch and free time
03:00 – 04:30 pm Teaching followed by Question and Answer – Session III
04:30 – 05:30 pm Tea Break with Group Discussion
05:30 – 07:00 pm Teaching followed by Question and Answer – Session IV
07:00 – 08:00pm Dinner
08:00 – 09: 00 pm Group discussion (optional) / personal practice
Silence till next morning session