Gongchig Teachings at Drikung Kagyu Institute: Gongchig Seminar Report

kyobt01This weekend, the Gongchig Seminar was held at Jangchub Ling monastery at the Drikung Kagyu Institute. At the main seminar, in Tibetan language, papers on topics related to the Gongchig were presented by the monks and nuns 

and discussed. In parallel, an English Gongchig Seminar was held at the Songtsen Library, in which six of the Western students, representing the USA, Peru, and Latvia, presented papers to show what they have learned from these two months of Gongchig teachings. 

The English papers covered a wide range of issues considered through the lens of the Gongchig including cosmology, ethical conduct, mental modeling of reality, and experiences of putting these teachings into practice. Lively discussion followed the presentation of each of the papers, and it was clear that all of the participants of the Gongchig English recitation class learned a great deal over these last two months. The six English papers are posted here (see below). Also, all the translated sections of the root text (including the supplemental section) that were posted week by week during the teachings have been collected together into one document here (see below).

All aspects of the 2012-2013 Winter Teaching are now successfully completed, and all participants will now dedicate the merit and wisdom gained to the unsurpassable enlightenment of all beings filling space!

The Office of the HH Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang
Acharya Kinley Gyaltsen and Terence Barrett
14 January 2013


The complete Gongchig Root Text including the supplemental section

Gongchig Seminar Papers submitted in English by:







The Birth of Buddha
Buddha's Renunciation
In Search of Truth
Turning the Wheel of Dharma
Buddha's Parinirvana
Buddha's Teachings

The Four Noble Truth
Dharma Practice

What is the Mind?
Loving Kindness and Compassion

What is Vajrayana?
Why Practice Vajrayana?
Authentic Vajrayana
Levels of Vajrayana
Attachment and Vajrayana
What to Meditate On
Sitting in Meditation
Preparing for Meditation
The Meditation Session
A Meditation Schedule

The Kagyu Lineage
Meaning of Hung Symbol
Meaning of Drikung
Life Story of Achi
The Three Protectors