Theravada and Vajrayana - Ven. Ajahn Chandako and Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
The Bodhisattva and the Arahant:
In this uniquely collaborative presentation, these two Sangha members and dear friends from the Theravada and Vajrayana traditions explored the common ground and differences between these ancient paths of practice. The teachers drew on their decades of experience to discuss approaches to the three refuges, ethics and vows, methods of meditation and what constitutes liberation. Ajahn and Tenzin demonstrate that the Buddhist path can be joyful as well as profound, so be prepared for much laughter!
Ajahn Chandako was ordained as a Buddhist monk in 1990 in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah. His interest in the teachings of the Buddha grew as he studied towards a BA degree in Religious Studies from Carleton College (1984). Following graduation, he began applying himself to training in meditation and subsequently went to Asia to find a monastery suitable for devoting himself fully to the practice. After training under Buddhists masters in the US and Asia for 20 years, Ajahn Chandako was invited to New Zealand in 2004 to begin Vimutti Buddhist Monastery, where he is currently the abbot.
Tenzin Choki became a student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kirti Tsenshabe Rinpoche, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1991. Tenzin was ordained by the Dalai Lama in 2004, and has served the director of Vajrapani Institute, and worked for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. She has also spent a six years in retreat. Since 2006 she has been teaching around the world. She is currently the resident teacher of Vajrapani Institute.