Khenpo Gawang Online

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

 The Ketaka Jewel

with Khenpo Gawang

Three Talks on May 26, 27, 28 via Online Streaming



Ketaka JewelKhenpo Gawang will be giving 3 talks on the Ketaka Jewel by Ju Mipham Rinpoche. The Ketaka Jewel is Ju Mipham’s commentary on the Prajna Chapter of the Bodhisattvacharyavatara. The Bodhisattvacharyavatara is Shantideva’s classic guide to the Mahayana path. It is one of the great texts from India that forms the core of the curriculum for Buddhist studies at the shedra. The Prajna Chapter of the Bodhisattvacharyavatara is well-noted to be challenging for students. That being the case, Ju Mipham Rinpoche felt it important to compose a commentary making the words and meaning of the Prajna Chapter easy to understand. As a result, he named his commentary, The Ketaka Jewel after the mythical jewel that has the capability to clarify water.

From the Prajna Chapter of the Bodhisattvacharyavatara:

All these branches

Were taught by the Sage for the sake of the paramita of prajna.

Therefore, those who suffer and desire peace,

Should give rise to prajna.

Khenpo Gawang will be discussing how prajna relates to the two truths. On Friday night, he will be signing copies of The Ketaka Jewel translation, which will be made available for purchase.

Dates and Times:  Friday Evening, May 26 from  7:00 to 8:30, Saturday, 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday 2:00 to 3:30

Cost:  $20 Friday night, $60 for the weekend, $50 for Nalandabodhi Members

Contact:  David Makowski at


Notes:  Select “Guest” option and enter your name.  Your microphone will be muted.  There is a text box if you have a question.  We’ll only use the text box at the beginning, not during the talk.  If Khenpo Gawang takes questions at the end of his talks, you can ask a question via text and the moderator will repeat it.

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KGRCelebration2Bio:  Khenpo Gawang Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Pema Karpo Meditation Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Having completed thirty years as a monk, fourteen years of teaching experience, and nine years of study at the Buddhist University of Namdroling Monastery in South India, he holds a Khenpo degree, the Buddhist equivalent of a PhD. Gawang Rinpoche came to the United States in 2004 at the invitation of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Shambhala International. He proudly became an American citizen in 2012. Rinpoche is the author of Your Mind Is Your Teacher (Shambhala Publications) and The Sadhana of Shakyamuni Buddha (Jeweled Lotus Publications). He co-translated with Gerry Wiener the text, The Excellent Path to Enlightenment by Longchenpa which is available through Amazon.


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