Explore inner and outer ritual.

Ritual is ubiquitous in Tibetan personal practice as well as for Buddhists engaged in caregiving or community leadership. Learn the basics of what constitute rituals, ethics, services, and ceremonies that form the core of Buddhist practice in the Tibetan tradition, and shape everyday life of practitioners.

Course Description

This course will present an overview of some of the most important rituals, ethics, services, and ceremonies that form the core of Buddhist practice in the Tibetan tradition, and shape everyday life of practitioners.

We will explore rituals in Tibetan Buddhist practice, useful for the practitioner as well as Buddhist engaged in care giving or community leadership. The course will include an introduction to and, where relevant, instruction in, rituals, services, and ceremonies performed by the clergy and by practitioners themselves in the course of everyday life.

Finally, the course may touch on some of the more esoteric rituals and ceremonies of the tradition, such as divination, offering practices, and so forth, and their significance in the tradition and in the lives of practitioners and Buddhist communities.

THL 410: Buddhist Rituals, Ethics, Services and Ceremonies
Faculty: Yangsi Rinpoche with Namdrol Adams
2 Credit

Yangsi Rinpoche

Yangsi Rinpoche, Geshe Lharampa, is founder and president of Maitripa College. Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, a renowned scholar and practitioner from Western Tibet, at the age of six. He trained in the traditional monastic system for over 25 years, and practiced as a monk until the age of 35 and is the author of Practicing the Path: A Commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo, published in 2003 by Wisdom Publications. >more

Namdrol Miranda Adams

Namdrol Miranda Adams is the Dean of Education and a founder of Maitripa College. Since 1998 she has dedicated her life to the study and practice of the Tibetan language and the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She has worked extensively with the texts of the tradition as an editor and translator of dozens of publications, has completed the major retreats on the sutra and tantra traditions of the lineage, and was ordained as a Buddhist nun for 7 years. She is currently completing her doctoral work in Educational Leadership at the University of Portland. Her work is focused on contemplative education, pedagogy, and building sustainable and socially responsible institutions of higher education. >more