In recent years interest in Buddhism has been growing worldwide, including Russia.
Information about Buddhism can be found in open sources; advanced literature, as well as video recordings of retreats with Teachers, is available on the web. A lot of Teachers come to Russia to give direct transmissions of the knowledge. But all this information is often seen as mere intellectual knowledge. It is not bad, but it is not enough for Realization. Realization requires direct experience, and there is only one key to experience: regular practice.
Every person should decide for him or herself what practices they need, and make regular practice a part of their lives, fitting them into their daily schedule.
The most effective path to Realization consists of two steps:
- receiving instructions from a Teacher on correct use of a particular method;
- regular practice in accordance with the Teacher’s instructions, having put them in use in daily life.
We would like to introduce the Program “Tantra and Dzogchen Basics” elaborated by Khenpo Geshe Rinchen Tenzin Rinpoche. It comprises three years of study, four retreats a year, totaling to twelve retreats with individual practice between the retreats.
The program not only allows the direct transmission of knowledge from the Teacher to the disciple, but also implies Teacher’s feedback.
This Program starts from the very basics. It is easy to understand by those who have never studied Buddhism, and at the same time it will be useful for more experienced aspirants.
The studying process follows along the lines of educational tradition, but also has its own unique features:
- Emphasis is placed on personal experience through practice. A disciple will receive instructions on practice, do the practice and compare his or her experience with instructions received from the Teacher and from the Texts. In some cases disciples receive detailed theoretical explanations only after some time of vigorous practice.
- Disciples ask the Teacher questions to clarify what they do not understand. The Teacher asks the disciples questions to refine their understanding.
- Instructions are being introduced gradually. E.g. in the beginning some concepts will be explained briefly, but later, as practice develops, the same subject will be explained in detail.
- Every next stage follows from the previous one. Hence, it is necessary to learn diligently and master each and every stage of the practice.
All this will require some effort, but the fruit of the practice, as well as the process of becoming a master, is amazing.
It is believed that only those who have accumulated a lot of merits may be given an opportunity to receive such instructions.