(Both visa applications for Geshe Sherab were denied, so it is with great sadness that we have been forced to CANCEL this tour).
REPLACEMENT PROGRAM: This evening we will recite the Diamond Cutter Sutra together as a group, so we can create the much needed merit for future tours and visits from our precious Geshes. Eddie Peet will also give a short talk on the extraordinary discovery of this sutra – the world’s first printed book – and how it was very nearly lost to us in several times over. The background and history of this short yet powerful sutra is fascinating and reads like a modern adventure or thriller.
Also known as the ‘Vajra Smasher’, this short sutra cuts through the very root of all confusion and suffering, and is the essence of the Buddhist view. It is one of the most well-known sutras of Mahayana Buddhism, framed as a discourse on the Buddhist concept of emptiness, the ‘wisdom gone beyond’. Composed as a lively conversation between the Buddha and Subhuti, this text illustrates again and again the emptiness of inherent existence. Almost lost to civilisation, it was re-discovered in caves in the late 1800’s and only fully translated just a short decade ago.