Welcome to Our Meditation Practice

Study Program

Tibet House California invites you to attend our weekly teachings on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM at the Trinity Cathedral Church of Sacramento located at 2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816. The goal of the study program is provide a firm foundation in the knowledge of Mahayana philosophy. For that end, the teacher is providing teachings from the following three key Mayahana texts.

  • The Way of the Bodhisattava by Shantideva
  • The Relative Truth and the Ultimate Truth by Je Tsonkhapa
  • The Seven Point Mind Training by Atisha Shrigyan Dipankar
Shantideva

The Way of The Bodhisattva  

Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara or Bodhisattvacaryavatara has been one of the most influential Indian texts in the Tibetan tradition. It has also become both popular and influential among Western practitioners, and has become almost required reading in many academic courses in contemporary universities. The work is arguably only second to the Dhammapada in its popularity and in the number of translations into modern languages (Asian as well as European). The work’s popularity perhaps needs an explanation, and it certainly demands translations that are both accurate and readable.

Lord Buddha

Relative Truth-Ultimate Truth

The Buddhist teaching of the "two truths" is the gateway to understanding the often-misunderstood philosophy of emptiness. This volume is an excellent source of support for anyone interested in cultivating a more holistic and transformative understanding of the world around them and ultimately of their own conciousness.

The Seven Point Training

The Seven Point Mind Training

Lojong (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོང་,Wylie: blo sbyong) is a mind training practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of aphorisms formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje. The practice involves refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes.

The fifty-nine or so slogans that form the root text of the mind training practice are designed as a set of antidotes to undesired mental habits that cause suffering. They contain both methods to expand one's viewpoint towards absolute bodhicitta, such as "Find the consciousness you had before you were born" and "Treat everything you perceive as a dream", and methods for relating to the world in a more constructive way with relative bodhicitta, such as "Be grateful to everyone" and "When everything goes wrong, treat disaster as a way to wake up."

The Teacher

Shrigyan Atisha Dipankar(Ravi Verma) comes from Bihar in India, the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.  Verma has pursued a form of Buddhism that is called Buddhayana or the Vehicle of the Buddha. His teachings combine the tenets from the three major strands of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. He remains focused on the truth of suffering and elimination of suffering. For Verma the most effective to learn Buddhism is by reading the ideas in the book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama Ethics for the New Millennium.  Ravi Verma has the honor of translating this book into Hindi. He is also a documentary film maker. His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed his documentary film on the Heart Sutra Journey of the Heartby appearing in it.