Awakening of Faith with Venerable Dammadipa

9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Awakening of Faith with Venerable Dammadipa

Five practices in the awakening of faith with samatha/vipassana

Friday, January 25th & Saturday, January 26th

Venerable Dammadipa will present teachings on the Mahayana-sharaddhotpada-shastra – Treatise on the Awakening of Faith.  This is a brief but influential exposition of the fundamentals of Mahayana Buddhism from the Sanskrit poet Ashvaghosa.  There are not references, texts or commentaries originating in Sanskrit about this text, but the book contains one of the clearest presentations of the doctrine of the trikaya of the Buddha.  It discusses the transitory physical body (nirmanakaya), the glorious ‘bliss body’ (sambhogakaya), and the celestial body of the Buddha, (dharmakaya).

Friday, January 25th: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Saturday, January 26th:  9:30am – 12:00pm & 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday evening $20 or $50 for the full program (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Location: Odantapuri, Nalandabodhi Boulder,  100 Arapahoe, #6

Over the years Venerable has presented dharma teachings and led meditation retreats around the world. Personally, he has a gentle and easy-going manner. He teaches that the knowledge of the Buddhist way should be applied in practice and verified first hand through direct experience. Venerable Dhammadipa is a rare gem in contemporary Buddhism and a foremost Western teacher with many unique insights.


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Biography - Venerable Dhammadipa (lay name Thomas Peter Gutman) was born in Czechoslovakia in 1949. He studied Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Prague Karl University, studied Russian literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in the late seventies began his Buddhist studies in Berlin, where he had immigrated as a refugee after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.  He received a master’s degree in Chinese literature and philosophy at the University of Paris and has taught French and German while enrolled at Nalanda University in India where he also studied Sanskrit and Buddhist Philosophy. After receiving a degree at Nalanda in 1984, he served as the Associate Librarian at Berlin University.  He has also studied in Japan under Zen Master Harada Serrei Roshi.

In 1987 he ordained as a monk in Meetirigala and was given a Dharma name as Dhammadipa (island of Buddhism or Dharma). He received the full Theravada Bhiksu ordination in Sri Lanka. In 1989, he received the Three-Fold ordination as a Mahayana Monk in Hsi Lai Temple, Los Angeles and began Dharma teaching in US, Germany and Taiwan.  In 1996, Venerable went to Myanmar to practice meditation with the contemporary master Venerable Pa Auk Sayadaw and was recognized as the first of his Western disciples to teach meditation. He has since been teaching Samatha (tranquil mental states) and Vipassana (direct seeing of the Dharma) meditation at monasteries and universities worldwide.

Venerable Dhammadipa speaks Czech, French, German, English, Russian, and fluent Chinese. He reads and translates Buddhist texts from Pali and Sanskrit. His translated various works in French and Czech and his teachings in Taiwan have been compiled and printed in Chinese.


Nalandabodhi Boulder - Odantapuri

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