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Tse Chen Ling Virtual Gompa Presents:

Tsongkhapa's Vision of Manjushri in Wolkha
with Thubten Jinpa, PhD


October 24th 10am-11:30am US PDT

This course will be presented via Facebook livestream on Tse Chen Ling Center for Buddhist Studies’ Facebook page.

From the life story of Jey Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), we know of his special connection with Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom.  Throughout his life, this connection was reflected in auspicious signs during his youth and later as meditative visions of Manjushri as he embarked on his journey of study, practice and retreat.  At one point in his life, Tsongkhapa was able to begin receiving direct spiritual instruction from Manjushri with the ability to check his realization of the profound view of emptiness directly with the deity.  

In this special event, Thupten Jinpa PhD. will share with us an examination of a particular instruction which Tsongkhapa received directly from Manjushri in a vision while in retreat in the Wolkha Valley in Tibet, and later memorialized into an eighteen-lined root text.  Thupten Jinpa will interweave stories from Tsongkhapa's journey to gaining final insight into the view of emptiness and the role Manjushri's instructions played in this.  

In preparation for this event, Dr. Jinpa has advised that we look at the Tsongkhapa’s text “In Praise of Dependent Origination.” You can download the text here:

About Thupten Jinpa

Thupten Jinpa is a former Tibetan monk who holds the Geshe Lharam degree, as well as a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in religious studies, both from Cambridge University. Since 1985, he has been the principal English translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama and has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times Bestsellers Ethics for the New Millennium and The Art of Happiness.

Jinpa’s own publications include works in Tibetan, English translations such as Mind Training: The Great Collection (Wisdom Publications) and The Book of Kadam (Wisdom Publications), and books, including Self, Reality, and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy (Curzon), Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows (Shambhala) and A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives (Avery). Jinpa is the main author of CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training), an eight-week formal program developed at Stanford University. He is the founder and president of the Compassion Institute, the Chair of Mind and Life Institute, founder of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, and an adjunct professor at the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. Jinpa lives in Montreal and is married with two daughters.

For more information on the activities and work of Thupten Jinpa PhD., please visit:

This event will be presented simultaneously via Facebook livestream on Tse Chen Ling’s Facebook page and via Zoom to a limited number of Tse Chen Ling ordained sangha and community members. 

Tse Chen Ling is dedicated to offering this program for free on Facebook to open it up to as many students and listeners as possible.

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