Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe taught on The Rice Seedling Sutra at Jewel Heart Ann Arbor from September 16 to 22, 2019.

The Rice Seedling Sutra (Salistamba Sutra, Tib: sa lu’i jang pai do) is an early Mahayana Sutra in which Maitreya explains to Shariputra a short statement on dependent arising the Buddha made while looking at a rice seedling.

“Bikshus, whoever sees dependent arising sees the Dharma. Whoever sees the Dharma sees the Buddha.”

The sutra explores the nature of all phenomena as dependent arising based on inner and outer conditions, such as the twelve links of dependent origination and the four elements.

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe himself translated a commentary by Vasubhandu on The Rice Seedling Sutra from Tibetan to Hindi.

Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe is a genuine contemplative master and a member of the last generation extensively trained in old Tibet. He received his monastic education at Drepung Loseling Monastery and, in 1969, was awarded the Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree of scholarship conferred within the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is Professor Emeritus of Buddhist Philosophy at the Central University of Tibetan Studies, the only Tibetan university in India. His scholarly work includes a translation of The Essence of Good Explanation of Definitive and Interpretable Meanings (Tib. Lek-Shey Nying-Po) by Tsongkhapa into Hindi, and A Commentary on the Rice Seedlings Sutra (Skt. Salistamba Sutra) by Vasubhandu. He has facilitated numerous other research works, including the complete translation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Tib. Lam Rim Chen Mo), a major project undertaken by The Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in New Jersey, where he teaches regularly. Jewel Heart has had the honor of hosting Professor Geshe Yeshe Thabkhe for many years. He has given teachings on diverse topics and texts, including the first eight chapters of Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.


Monday, September 16, 7 pm – 8.30 pm Rice Seedling Sutra
Tuesday, September 17, 7 pm- 8.30 pm Rice Seedling Sutra
Wednesday, September 18, 7 pm – 8.30 pm Rice Seedling Sutra
Thursday, September 19, 7 pm – 8.30 pm Mind and Meditation (Placement Meditation)
Friday, September 20, 7 pm – 8.30 pm Rice Seedling Sutra
Saturday, September 21: 10 am – 12 pm, 2 – 5 pm Rice Seedling Sutra
Sunday, September 22: 11 am Sunday Talk (Sutra and Tantra) , 2-5 pm Rice Seedling Sutra

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