The Invocation of Tapihritsa with Geshe Denma Gyaltsen
October 20, 2019 – November 17, 2019
The five-week session begins October 20, 2019, studying approximately four verses of Tibetan text for each class. The live class through Zoom video-conference occurs Sunday mornings at 9:00 am (Central Standard Time, Houston).
The Tibetan Language Bön Prayers Program is pleased to announce a new course taught by Geshe Denma Gyaltsen, the resident lama of Ligmincha Texas: Session III: The Invocation of Tapihritsa. The course focuses on the Invocation of Tapihritsa, a marvelous twenty-three verse prayer spontaneously composed by Nangzher Lopo upon recognizing Tapihritsa who manifested in the sky above him as a radiant Buddha of white light. Following this supreme encounter, Nangzher Lopo, the renowned 8th-century scholar and practitioner, was the first to set in writing the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyüd (the Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung), one of the most revered series of Bön dzogchen teachings. The Invocation of Tapihritsa beautifully communicates the unbounded wholeness of Bön dzogchen, sacred narrative, and religious art.
Guided by Geshe Denma’s lively teaching, students will learn Tibetan letter recognition, correct pronunciation and melody of the invocation, and encounter its meaning through Tibetan stories, prominent thangka paintings, and Bön philosophy.
There are no prerequisites for the course. No prior knowledge of Tibetan is needed. Whether one took Geshe-la’s previous courses on Tibetan Language Daily Prayers or is starting brand new, the class is a great opportunity. The teachings are vast, and the connection is fresh and lively.
Course materials include:
Tibetan Study Edition of the Invocation including Tibetan script, Wylie transliteration, phonetic transliteration, word-by-word translation, and full English translation
Tibetan Language Learning Materials to introduce the reading of Tibetan language including the alphabet with Wylie transliteration and the formation of Tibetan syllables with prefixes, superscripts, subscripts, suffixes, and secondary suffixes.
Audio recording of the Invocation of Tapihritsa
New for Session III: Video recording of the line-by-line Tibetan spelling, pronunciation, and word meanings of the Invocation of Tapihritsa. Based in student-feedback, this should enhance the opportunity for self-paced study and increase the time during the live classes to encounter the warmth of Geshe-la’s teaching.
The course implements a blended approach to online learning with both self-paced study and a weekly class. Class materials and discussion forums are hosted on the Ligmincha Learning course page, and the weekly live-class (60 minutes) occurs through Zoom video-conference which will also be recorded. The course is co-designed with Geshe Denma as the lead teacher and Bob Clark, an English teacher and longtime student of Tenzin Rinpoche, as teaching-assistant.