Upcoming Special Events

Saturday, September 9th:
The 12 Links of Dependent Origination

9:00am-5:00pm at the Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz, 740 Front St.,
The Galleria #155

Interdependent origination explains the world as we experience it. Even though we understand that we have pure nature, our everyday experience of the inner self and the outer world of phenomena is experienced as a relative universe, as a process of interdependent origination. The twelve links examine and explain the arising of human phenomena and perceptions. This teaching follows that of Venerable Khensur Rinpoche Losang Tsering, previous abbot of Sera Je monastery.
Registration: $50/ $25 low income

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Low-income registration: $25
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Register by Mail
Checks should be made out to Kunsang Gar Center, and mailed to:
Kunsang Gar
P.O. Box 65
Freedom, CA 95019
Please be sure to include your name and contact information if different
from what appears on the check. To ensure your registration arrives prior to the event, please mail at least 5 days prior.

For questions or special accommodation, email KunsangGarCenter@gmail.com or call (831) 471-7883

PAST EVENTS

Saturday, July 22: The Heart of Wisdom Sutra
One day teaching with Geshe Namgyal as conveyed by the Venerable Chodon Rinpoche. This teaching is appropriate for experienced as well as beginning practitioners. David Molk will translate into English. 9:00am-5:00pm at the Wisdom Center of Santa Cruz, 740 Front St., The Galleria #155

The Heart of Wisdom Sutra, also known simply as the Heart Sutra, is one of the most well-known and often recited of the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. At its conclusion, the sutra presents the mantra “gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi soha!” Loosely translated, the mantra means “gone, gone, utterly gone to the far shore, gone completely, the awakened mind!”

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Sanskrit manuscript of the Heart Sūtra (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

An extract of the Heart of Wisdom Sutra, as translated by Thubten Chodron:

“…Then, Venerable Shariputra said to Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, “How should a child of the lineage train who wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom?”
Thus he spoke, and  Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, replied to Venerable Shariputra as follows:

“Shariputra, whatever son or daughter of the lineage wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom should look perfectly like this: subsequently looking perfectly and correctly at the emptiness of inherent existence of the five aggregates also.”

“Form is empty; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty. Shariputra, like this all phenomena are merely empty, having no characteristics. They are not produced and do not cease. They have no defilement and no separation from defilement. They have no decrease and no increase.”

Registration: $50
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Low income registration: $25
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Register by Mail
Checks should be made out to Kunsang Gar Center, and mailed to:
Kunsang Gar
P.O. Box 65
Freedom, CA 95019
Please be sure to include your name and contact information if different
from what appears on the check. To ensure your registration arrives prior to the event, please mail at least 5 days prior.

For questions or special accommodation, email KunsangGarCenter@gmail.com or call (831) 471-7883