|Geshe Ngawang Phuntsok, Spiritual Director of the Asanga Institute
I personally and specially want to
say thanks to those people who are helping and have helped for my Green Card. Such as: 1. Dr. Jamie and Cynthia 2. Jane and
Andy Goldman 3.Cheryl Miller 4.Shelley Green 5.Maggie 6.Fran Leblanc 7.Cynthia Schmidt 8.Marilyn and Bob 9.Karen and Philip
10.Tracy 11. Nancy Winkler.
Buddha said in his teachings:
"Commit not one
unwholesome action and perfectly engage in wholesome action. Fully tame one's own mind; this is Buddha's teaching."
"Taming one's own mind is supreme because
it invites true inner peace, joy, happiness, and harmony. Buddha taught three critical practices in order to tame our mind."
- 1. Practice of Ethics which all about bringing the inner self dscipline of
refraing from the ten negative actions of body, speech, and mind. (10 Negative Actions: killing, stealing, sexual misbehavior,
lying, slander, insulting words, idle chit chat, coveting, ill-will, and wrong view of reality.)
- 2. Practice of Meditation which is all about bringing our "monkey-mind"
- 3. Practice of wisdom which is all
about ways of searching the reality that lies beyond our naive perception.
"Taming our mind is wiser than attempting to tame the harshness of the external physical world.
The harshness of the physical world comes from our own untamed mind."
About Geshe Phuntsok...
Geshe Phuntsok was born in a small
village in Eastern India and in 1982 joined the Tibetan Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India. He received his Doctorate
in Buddhist Philosophy in 2001. He came to the United States and taught for three years with the South Carolina Dharma
Group in Columbia. In 2007 he was invited to come to Montrose by the Asanga Institute to help establish a Buddhist Meditation
Center here. He continues to be active in helping his monastery, in the training of young monks, and helping the Tibetan people.
Geshe Phuntsok is one of few Tibetan Buddhist monks in the world who speak English and we are very fortunate to have him
with us on the Western Slope.