The Nature of
Reality and Compassion: Notes from comments made by His Holiness
the Dalai Lama before giving a Shakyamuni Buddha Initiation in Los Angeles on
Sunday, June 8, 1997.
Introduction to Buddhism in Four Lessons
by Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen. These notes
during Geshe Gyeltsen's visit to Colorado Springs in October, 1996 when he
taught four sessions, each two hours in length. Geshe-la was not accompanied by
a translator, therefore, his teachings were in English and less detailed and
technical. However, this simple approach was well suited to the basic nature of
the his topic which was to serve as an introduction to Buddha's principle
teachings for the many beginning students that were present.
Keys to Great Enlightenment
Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen.
All of the material here is taken from a book
written by Geshe Gyeltsen entitled Keys to Great Enlightenment. The book
was drawn from two meditation courses taught by Geshe-la to the students of
Thubten Dhargye Ling, the center that he established in Los Angeles. Two
commentaries, one on the Eight Verses of Thought Training and the second
on The Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices are the principle focus of the
book. Those complete commentaries (not reproduced here) are available in his
book, now being distributed through Snow Lion Publications. With Geshe-la's permission, we have extracted the introductory material and topics
that are preliminary to the commentaries. A description of the Tong-len practice
is also provided. These selections are excellent material for anyone beginning
or deepening their practice of Tibetan Buddhism.