“Although advances in medicine, science and technology have done much to improve the quality of human life, they have not been able to free us from all suffering and bring us secure and lasting happiness. In fact, in many cases, they have brought new problems that we did not face in the past, such as environmental pollution and the threat of nuclear war. Therefore, external improvements in our world are not sufficient to bring the happiness and peace that we all desire. For this, internal transformation through spiritual development is essential. For this transformation to occur, we need to follow a spiritual path.” H H Dalai Lama, ‘Approaching the Buddhist Path’
The Buddha wanted his students to investigate, to see for themselves whether what he said was true. As the rich tradition of of the Buddha makes its way to new lands and cultures, we recognise that new approaches are needed to allow seekers in the West to experience the relevance of the liberating message in their own lives. Such an approach cannot assume listeners are free from doubt, and already have faith in Buddhism’s basic tenets. Therefore we start from the universal human wish for happiness, and the dynamic nature of the mind.
Join us in this voyage of discovery, led by a very capable and approachable teacher.
Venerable Tharchin was ordained in 1999 and joined Nalanda monastery the same year. Three years into his ordination he went to Dharamsala to the LRZTP translator program set up by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and graduated from the program after 2 years. Back at Nalanda he has served as translator ever since. In this way he studied and completed the Basic Program 2008-2012 including the three month LamRim retreat. Since 2013 he has continues his studies by translating the Master Program at Nalanda. He also participated in leading a LamRim retreat at Nalanda 2016 ,in a shared effort of Nalanda monks. He givers talks once a year at his centre of origin, the Aryatara Institut, Munich, and is leading a Discovering Buddhism course in Romania via Skype. This will be his first opportunity to talk about Dharma in the UK.