Buddhist Institute Retreats with Ven. Geshe Phelgye

Geshe Phelgye teaching at the Buddhist Institute of Universal Compassion

Buddhist Practitioner Retreat: Winter 2021-2022

Burrow down into the Buddhist Institute for our Winter Retreat for sincere Dharma practitioners. Teachings will be held in person and live via Zoom every Saturday at 10 AM from December 18, 2021 – February 19, 2022.  In this Winter Retreat, Venerable Geshe-la will give us in-depth teachings about the Four Seals and the Seven Limb Practice and how to practice them all most effectively.

About the Retreat: Four Seals & Seven Limb Practice

When His Holiness the Dalai Lama was asked if taking refuge in the Three Jewels was the only criterion for being a Buddhist, he replied that accepting the Four Seals:   
 
All collective phenomena are impermanent.
All contaminated phenomena are in nature of Suffering
All phenomena are empty and self-free
Nirvana is only Peace.
 

is another measure in terms of view.

Such as a building needs its foundation to stand, one cannot end suffering without following these four seals.
 
The Seven-Limb Practice (Prostration, Offering, Confession, Rejoicing, Requesting to Remain, Requesting to Turn the Wheel of Dharma, and Dedication) is found in and is the basis of many practice texts, including Samandabadra’s King of Prayers.

Register Below to Attend:

Kindly complete the registration form below to join us remotely via Zoom or in person at the Buddhist Institute. We will send zoom links to students attending remotely in a separate email after your registration form is received.

*KINDLY NOTE: a new registration form is unnecessary for past retreat attendees. Please email Yangzom at info@universalcompassion.org if you’re unsure or have any questions. Thank you.

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Buddhist Institute Quarterly Retreats:

Our quarterly Retreats are for sincere and advanced Dharma practitioners who seek deeper practices in their path. These retreats are additional for those ready for more advanced meditation and practices, such as the Vajrayana paths. Hence for the best benefit in joining these retreats, we recommend candidates who already have a solid grounding on the Buddhist path.

Geshe-la is happy to help any Dharma seeker, even individually, at any level at any time. He is a very skillful and caring teacher who speaks straightforwardly to you, intending to help you grow.

Inspired to Donate? Here’s how:

Geshela offers all teachings free of charge at the Buddhist Institute. However, if you feel inspired in extending your support, we welcome any generous contribution to help us facilitate the Buddha’s Dharma to benefit all beings. To donate safely, click the PayPal button below or email us at info@universalcompassion.org


About our teacher: Geshe Thupten Phelgye

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama with Venerable Geshe Phelgye

Venerable Prof. Geshe Phelgye, compassion activist and former Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, joined Sera-Jey Monastic University at age 17. To begin, he initially received his novice ordination in 1974 from the senior tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Kyabje Ling Rinpoche). Next, he received his full ordination from H.H. the Dalai Lama in 1976. He then studied rigorously for a minimum of 12 hours per day for the next 18 years, notably earning his Geshe degree (doctorate) in 1991 as a result. 

In 1984, Geshe-la pioneered the campaign for vegetarianism in Tibetan monasteries as part of the practice of compassion towards animals. Geshe-la received a private audience with H.H. the Dalai Lama, who advised him to teach in the west when ready.

However, in 1993, with blessings and guidance from H.H. The Dalai Lama, he went on a hermitage meditation retreat in a cave in the mountains above Dharamsala. This is where Geshe-la would remain for the next five years with one meal a day.

In 1998, after receiving appreciation and blessings from H.H. the Dalai Lama, he founded what was initially called the Universal Compassion Movement (UCM) in Dharamsala. UCM campaigned for vegetarianism as a compassionate lifestyle to curtail animal slaughtering. Similarly, UCF has worked with People for Animal India, Peta USA, including helping to set up Peta India located in Mumbai. 

In 2011 Gonzaga University invited him to teach, offering a residence. Later Eastern Washington University asked him which is where he currently teaches as a lecturer. In 2017, Geshe-la opened the Buddhist Institute of Universal Compassion, a Tibetan Buddhist temple in Spokane, WA.

To learn more about our teacher Geshe-la, visit his Wikipedia page here.