Community Outreach Activities
All are welcome to join Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, Prof. Emeritus Univ. of Virginia, now living in Vancouver, in an exploration of Nagarjuna's Precious Garland of Advice for a King. Prodigious translator, editor and author of 40+ published works on both classical and modern Buddha Dharma, Dr. Hopkins received extensive teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama on Nagarjuna in Dharamsala, India in 1972, which became the impetus for him to make a meticulous new translation in informal poetry, resulting in the publication of Nagarjuna's Precious Garland: Buddhist Advice for Living and Liberation (Snow Lion, 1998 & 2007). In addition to his translation, in this text, Jeffrey gives marvelous contextualization for what is an ancient, seminal Great Vehicle work studied by all schools of Buddhism, beloved by teachers and students for millennia, as a guide on the Dharma Path. The ongoing class will meet on the first Thursday of August and September. Location: Pema Tamdrin Ling ("Al's Place"), 1555 Macdonald Ave., Burnaby, near E1st Ave. and Boundary Road.
Since 2012, Jeffrey Hopkins has been giving weekly one-hour classes via Skype, on Tuesdays at 9am PST on the topic of the second chapter of Nāgārjuna’s Fundamental Treatise on the Middle Called “Wisdom,” the Analysis of Coming and Going with the commentaries by Chandrakīrti and Tsong-kha-pa. At present, attendance is restricted to monastics at Sravasti Abbey (Newport, Washington, USA). The talks are being offered freely in support of the monastic education program at Sravasti Abbey and are recorded in video and made available later on the UMA website.
At the Symposium, "Theology of Joy and the Good Life" at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale Divinity School, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (USA), Jeffrey Hopkins and Jongbok Yi discussed their chapter titled "A Buddhist View of Human Flourishing in the Good Life" with the other participants. The resultant book will be used in a class at the Yale Divinity School.
Each summer Jules Levinson leads a month-long course for teachers of Aṣṭaṅga Vinyāsa Yoga taught by Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. In this context, Levinson teaches the context, outlook, and principles of Buddhist contemplative practice to students from all over the globe.
Bill Magee is teaching a course at Maitripa College entitled, "History of Buddhist Philosophical Thought." This course meets a requirement for the Master of Arts degree at Maitripa College. Magee is also offering beginning and intermediate Tibetan language classes at Maitripa, and has been meeting on Skype with the scholar-practitioners of Sravasti Abbey to translate Ngag-wang-drak-pa's verse commentary on Tsong-kha-pa's Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path. Magee's time is offered freely in support of the Sravasti Abbey monastic education program.