April 16-18, 2010

Opening the Dharma

Sonam Phunts

Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1896-1959) was an incarnation of the great master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, one of the leading figures in the Non-Sectarian (Rime) movement which revitalized Tibetan Buddhism in the 19th century. He was renowned as an authority on all Tibetan Buddhist traditions and holder of all the major lineages, one of the most outstanding Tibetan masters of the 20th century.

In his book, Opening the Dharma, Chokyi Lodro gives explanations of the four major sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu and Nyingma), outlining their lineages and histories, their special characteristics and the main practices common to all four traditions. Included is a brief explanation of how to find happiness by cultivating virtues of body, speech and mind, how to accumulate the merit and wisdom that lead to enlightenment.

Lama Sonam Phuntsok is one of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche's senior monks. He was trained at Dzongsar Institute in classical Buddhist philosophy, and also completed a 3-year meditation retreat in Bhutan. He is currently engaged in translation projects under Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.