SAO PAULO: Geshe Ngawang Phende, the resident teacher of the Atlanta (USA) based Drepung Loseling Institute, visited Sao Paulo for a week at the invitation of Tibet House Brasil from March 2 to 8.
During his weeklong stay in Sao Paulo, Geshe Phende gave several lectures organised by the Tibet House Brasil on Buddhist Psychology, Mind Training, and Meditation.
These sessions were very well received by the audience, who primarily consisted of psychologists, medical professionals and students, and others who take special interest in contemplative science or practice.
In his lectures, Geshe Phende stressed that since human happiness and sufferings are basically experienced at mental level and, therefore, he said, it is utmost important to deal directly with the mind to mitigate the problems associated with it.
While explaining about the nature of mind and awareness, gross and subtle awareness, mind and mental factors, Geshe Phende highlighted the importance of mind training in regulating destructive emotions and mitigate the effects of negative impulses and behaviors by uprooting ignorance.
As a part of the mind training, Geshe Phende then explained the important role of meditation and how to practice it effectively.
With his gentle presentations and genuine motivation to assist others to understand these important issues, Geshe Phende captivated the heart of many in the audience. Many requested him to return back and continue his important teachings.
Apart from lectures, Geshe Phende also led two very insightful sessions on meditation at the Tibet House Brasil—one on maintaining equanimity and another on compassion through the practice of Tonglen (giving and taking).
In addition to his speaking engagements with the Tibet House, Geshe Phende also gave yet another very engaging presentation at the Palas Athena Association (Tibet House’s neighbor) on Tantra in Buddhism and presentation on Buddhist psychology at the Sakya Monastery in Cabreuva in the outskirts of Sao Paulo City.
-Filed by Office of Tibet, Brasil-