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The Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Lama Bruce Newman | 12. March 2021 to 30. December

The current situation among modern Buddhadharma practitioners was summed up by Roshi Susuki more than 30 years ago as follows: "You are not monks, but you are not lay people either. Asian Buddhist societies have developed with a sharp distinction between ordained monks and lay people. The monks had the opportunity to study and practice full-time, while the laity were largely illiterate and acted as support for the monks. We are different: we do not have as much free time to study and practice as much as the monks, but our education and sophistication create different needs than those of the traditional lay person.

With this in mind, Lama Bruce Newman has developed a study program for beginners and advanced students, training them to benefit in a much deeper way from their personal contact with the great lamas and also to participate in their Dharma center with greater wisdom, knowledge and ability. We recognize and accept the fact that most of us are very busy and active people, but that does not make our need to progress on the spiritual path any less real.

Jewel Ornament of Liberation
The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is a masterpiece of Tibetan Buddhism. For more than eight centuries, this text has provided a complete foundation for the study and practice of Buddhism-from initial entry into the path to the attainment of Buddhahood. It contains teachings on Buddha-nature, finding a spiritual master, impermanence, karma, cultivating bodhicitta, developing the six perfections, the ten bodhisattva-bhumis, Buddhahood, and the activities of a Buddha.

Gampopa (1074-1153 CE), one of the most respected Tibetan Buddhist masters, was the chief disciple of Milarepa. Gampopa's teachings were said to be "clear as the sun." The Jewel of Liberation is considered the most significant of his many texts.

About the teacher

Lama Bruce Newman is an authoritative teacher whose teachings arise from his personal experience in meditation, retreat and study in both East and West. This understanding of both the Western and Eastern approaches to the Dharma makes him uniquely qualified to teach the Dharma to Western students in a way that they can truly understand and integrate into their daily lives.

Lama Bruce Newman completed a four-year retreat and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, and teacher, for 45 years.

He has received extensive training in the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages from many high lamas.

His main teachers are Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, son of Tulku Orgyen Rinpoche and disciple of the 16th Karmapa, and Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche. Under the auspices of Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche and Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Lama Bruce has been teaching for 25 years. He teaches meditation practice and book study courses, combining the qualities of self-awareness with the study of the classical texts. He has also taught at several gomdes in California and Europe and now teaches several classes on Zoom. He is the author of the book, A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism.

Lama Bruce's extensive knowledge and experience of the Dharma is underpinned by an absolute commitment to transmitting it in a pure manner, without transgression or alteration, making this course the perfect way to offer participants an authentic way to study, contemplate and apply the Dharma.

About the course

In our course, Lama Bruce will introduce the text and guide us to integrate the teachings into twenty-first century life. We will work on about one chapter per session.
There will be reading assignments and hands-on homework. In class questions, sharing and discussion will be encouraged.

Lama Bruce's curriculum has one important goal:

To help students of all levels of experience integrate the various teachings and practices they have received over the years, that is, to transform intellectual understanding into a spiritual experience of genuine change and growth.

The study group sessions are structured to approach the material from different angles, with readings, discussion groups, and some homework.
Participants learn and practice meditation techniques, read and study the entire book, learn to contemplate and integrate what they study, plus there are group discussions and space to share personal areas of interest. One of the strengths of the course is that students learn and inspire each other in a supportive environment under the guidance of an authorized instructor.

This course challenges students' minds, expands understanding, and has the potential to be profoundly transformative. Qualities such as experiential meditation, a deeper understanding of the texts and teachings, and the ability to benefit from the mentorship of their teachers will develop naturally. Participants will cultivate greater understanding, wisdom, and kindness.

This course is for you, if you...

... want to study a classical Tibetan Buddhist text.
... want to relate this text to yourself, to the here-and-now
... you are interested in the Buddhist path and want to understand it deeply
... have burning questions that you would like to clarify with an experienced teacher
... want to learn and apply Buddhist methods of meditation to facilitate your daily life and experience a profound spiritual transformation 

Additional courses

Kind hear, open Mind
10-part seminar series with Lama Thierry on Buddhist mind training "Lojong

Bliss is your superpower
A weekly "research journey" to discover natural consciousness and love, taught by Erric Solomon

All three programs introduce key elements of Mahayana and open the door to Vajrayana practice, not only on an intellectual level but in direct application.

Because they cover similar topics, but from a different perspective, these (2-) weekly teaching and practice groups will complement each other perfectly.

Your contribution

damit diese Seminare stattfinden können

Gomde wants to make the precious Dharma available to all who want to practice and learn it.

If you would like to contribute to this, you can support us with a donation. 

You can simply transfer it to our bank account:
Bank: Raiffeisenbank Scharnstein
IBAN: AT203412780200111336
BIC: RZOOAT2L127

...or give us your donation in person when you come to Gomde again. 
…. or make your donation via the platform "betterplace.org" 

 Thank you for your support!

Structure

Led by Lama Bruce Newman 

Start: March 12, 2021
The first three sessions are open to all interested,
after that (from April 23) a stable group should have formed and you should commit to joining the entire course. 

Format: Zoom Virtual Class
The number of sessions: 17 (approx.)
Time: Every second Friday, 19 to 21 o'clock 

Exchange and contact via Whatsapp group

Recordings of the sessions will be available for you afterwards

Language: English with translation into German

Requirements: 
Get the book "The Jewel of Liberation" by Gampopa
for example here: 
and read the first chapter before March 12.

Join first 3 sessions, without commitment, 
from session 4 you should be following consistently.