What Is the Self? A Teaching with Geshe Kelsang Wangmo

Northeast USA  

October 16, 2013
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Tibet House, NYC
Cosponsored by Shantideva Meditation Center and Tibet House

Geshe Kelsang Wangmo, the first woman to be awarded a Geshe degree, will discuss some of the principal reasons and debates presented in the Buddhist scriptures concerned with understanding reality, which is key to living a more compassionate and meaningful life.

From a Buddhist point of view, the underlying cause of all our negative emotions, of our unwanted pains, problems and difficulties, derives from an active and deep-rooted misapprehension of reality. Hence, a major part of the study and practice of Buddhist philosophy is dedicated to counteracting such misapprehension.

During her lecture, Geshe Kelsang Wangmo will discuss some of the principal reasons and debates presented in the Buddhist scriptures that are concerned with understanding reality. Reflecting on and contemplating these may enable us to identify the innate misconceptions we hold consciously and unconsciously and to replace them with an understanding of reality — in particular, with an understanding of who we are and how we really exist. This in turn is key to our personal development, to positive relationships, and to living a more compassionate and meaningful life.

Shantideva Meditation Center is thrilled to host Geshe Kelsang Wangmo, who in 2011 made history by becoming the first, and currently only, woman to be awarded a Geshe degree.

Date and Location:
Wednesday, October 16 from 7-9 pm
Tibet House
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011


Please note that for this event, registration is through Tibet House. To register, please go here.

Discounted Rate for Shantideva members/students: $22.50. Use Promotional Code: shanti2013.

About the Teacher:

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Wangmo was born and raised in Germany. In 2011 she was awarded the Rime Geshe degree after completing her studies in the traditional Geshe curriculum of the Great Canonical Texts study program at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (IBD) in Dharamsala.  This seventeen-year course focused on study and debate of the Five Great Canonical Texts according to the Gelukpa tradition, as well as several semesters of study and debate in monasteries of the Nyingma, Kagyu, and Sakya traditions.

Since 2004 she has taught Buddhist philosophy classes following the curriculum of the traditional Geshe study program, in English, to Westerners living in Dharamsala.

About Shantideva Meditation Center:

Shantideva Meditation Center is dedicated to cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within the New York City area community.

We are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which is based on the Gelugpa tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet, as taught by founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche. For more information, please e-mail Shantideva Meditation or visit our website.