Ven Sumati (Kabir Saxena) – “Transforming Adversity into the Path”
Cultivating Courage Whatever Happens….
How do we work with inner demons like doubt, despair, hopelessness and fear?
Do we always need to be helpless in the face of anger, craving desire and bewilderment?
Above all, how can we cultivate the courage to begin to fulfil our own potential, as well as bring great benefit to our suffering fellow beings?
Can we awaken a genuine sad and warm-hearted quality within ourselves so we can help to heal the sadness of the world?
To work with difficult inner and outer processes we have to first recognize and accept that they exist. Then, through skilful methods drawn from the Mahayana Buddhist tradition we can begin to get a glimpse of our marvellous opportunity as human beings to use our pain to wake up rather than close down, to generate compassion rather than to stay immersed in our fear and self-limitation.
These are the themes we shall explore in this five day course which will emphasize self-exploration based on some daily talks, group discussions and meditation sessions.
Those wishing to attend are encouraged to read as much as possible from the following books:
Shantideva: Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
Padmakara Translation Group, Stephen Batchelor or Alan and Vesna Wallace translations.
Chogyam Trungpa: Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.
Pema Chodron: Taking the Leap.
Mingyur Rinpoche: Joyful Wisdom.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Victor Chan: The Wisdom of Compassion.
Course led by Bhikshu Sumati Sasana, (Kabir Saxena).
Anybody wishing to contact me personally may do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief Bio Of Kabir Carlyle Saxena,(Losang Tenpa/Sumati Sasana).
Born in Delhi in 1956. Indian Father, English Mother.
Educated in London and Oxford University.
BA Hons Degree in Modern History, 1978.
Met Tibetan Buddhism in 1977 while at university, took refuge-became a Buddhist.
Became a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1979.
1981-83:- Studied Buddhist Philosophy and Lam Rim at Manjushri Institute, Cumbria, UK.
In 1983 was instructed by Lama Yeshe to buy land and start Root Institute in Bodh Gaya.
Returned to India in 1983.
1987:-Started Root Institute in Bodh Gaya. Was the first Director.
2002: Ordination as a Buddhist Monk.
Has helped with classes in Basic Buddhism since the early 1980’s. Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre Delhi 1983-85.
Gave Basic courses at Root Institute and at Tushita Centre in Delhi through the 80’s and from 1994-95 in Delhi.
Taught Introduction to Buddhism courses at Tushita Dharamsala 1998 and 2001.
2002-2009: Teacher Trainer at Maitreya Project Universal Education School, Bodh Gaya.
2010 and 2012 to date: Spiritual Programme Coordinator and Teacher at Tushita Delhi.
On the Board of Several of FPMT’s centres in India.
Currently based in New Delhi.