Geshe Sherab, who is fluent in English, knows how to relate to the western mind when teaching the Dharma. He’s warm-hearted, generous, accessible, articulate and humorous with an enthusiastic intellect which relishes difficult questions.Born in Nepal in 1967 of Tibetan parents, Geshe Sherab was accepted by Lama Yeshe to be a novice monk at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. He completed his Geshe studies at Sera Je Monastic University and Gyume Tantric College. He became Headmaster of Kopan Monastery and currently teaches at the FPMT centre in Santa Fe, New Mexico and internationally. Find out more.
This teaching talks of the wish to leave cyclic existence – the seemingly endless round of birth and death in unsatisfactory situations, with its enchantments and illusions of a quick fix to happiness. Cyclic existence is not a place – places are easy enough to leave. Nor does cyclic existence affect only certain species or groups of people. It affects every ordinary living being. In our heart of hearts, we know that our present condition is uncomfortable. Wherever we travel, we are reminded of it because sooner or later something goes wrong – either we get sick or unhappy. No matter how great the luxury we enjoy or the excellent company we keep, lasting fulfillment eludes us.
So how to break free, and find the lasting happiness and contentment that we seek? First we have to develop the wish – a prisoner serving a life-sentence, who feels comfortable in his cell, makes no attempt to escape and so will never be free. If our wish to find a way out of cyclic existence is sufficiently strong, we will definitely reach freedom. Don’t misunderstand this to mean we must give away all our possessions and leave our family, our home or our job. It is about overcoming attachment. Geshe Sherab will clearly explain how we can do this .. and why.
“We need to think more broadly about ways to benefit more people, whether they are Buddhist or not. My view is that it doesn’t matter whether people follow in the traditional way of practicing or even if they are Buddhist: There are so many good aspects of the Dharma that we can share with them.” Geshe Sherab
This is his second visit to the UK – he last warmed our hearts with teachings on Compassion in December 2014. Don’t miss this chance to meet a really accessible and uplifting teacher.