The Public Teachings

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A limited number of tickets are available for:

Monday 20th May 2013

9:00 - 11:00am (Doors open  6:30am)

1:30 - 3:30pm 


Doors Open: 6:00AM  Program Starts: 8:45AM

Due to the high level of security, attendees will NOT be admitted after 8:45AM. 

It is recommended that you remain inside the Yum centre during the lunch break. You will have to pass through security if you wish to leave and re-enter. Attendees must be seated by 12:45PM for the afternoon session. Food will be available inside the Yum Center

Who Are These Teachings For?

  • This one day teaching event is for anybody who is interested in deepening their understanding of the Buddhist path.

  • You do not need to be a practicing Buddhist to attend.

  • The Dalai Lama's presentation is a fine way to become acquainted with the traditional teachings.

  • Many people already following the Buddhist path will have an opportunity to gain deeper insights to their spiritual practice.

Atisha and the Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment

Lord Atisha, the eleventh-century Indian Buddhist scholar and saint, came to Tibet at the invitation of the king of Western Tibet, Lha Lama Yeshe, and his nephew Jangchub. His coming initiated the period of the "second transmission" of Buddhism to Tibet, formative for the Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lord Atisha's most celebrated text, entitled "Lamp for the path to enlightenment" sets forth the entire Buddhist path within the framework of three levels of motivation on the part of the practitioner. Atisha's text thus became the source of the Lam Rim tradition, or graduated stages of the path to enlightenment, an approach to spiritual practice incorporated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

About the teaching

There are many parallels between the lives of the great Buddhist teacher Atisha, and His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Like His Holiness, Atisha was a monk, and a renowned scholar in the Buddhist philosophical systems of his time. Also, like His Holiness, Atisha travelled widely, leaving India - the country of his birth - to venture to distant parts of the then known world to study and practise the Buddhist teachings. Like His Holiness, Atisha also faced the challenge of finding new ways to present the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha – already more than 1500 years old – by creatively adapting and interpreting them for the people of his own time and culture.

More information about  "Atisha and the Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment"  click this link