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 This website offers information about Venerable Amy Miller (Lobsang Chodren), a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition. Venerable Amy teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world.         


Upcoming Program Highlights:
Please see full list and description of programs under “Teaching Schedule” tab. You can also click on the center to register or visit their website for more information.


California
Overcoming Obstacles: Green Tara Practice and the Path to Awakening
February 22, 1:30 – 5pm
Tara is one of the most widely venerated deities in Tibetan Buddhism and is the embodiment of enlightened energy. In doing a meditation practice involving visualization of this deity and mantra recitation, inner and outer obstacles can be eliminated; this way we can develop our minds and accumulate the positive conditions needed to attain enlightenment. Meditation on the “Lam Rim” or “Stages of the Path” will be included (which is a practical step-by-step exposition in which an ordinary person can engage to transform their consciousness into that of a fully awakened being. This retreat will guide participants in these steps, providing an overview of how to meditate on various Lam Rim topics in a way that not only fulfills our spiritual aspirations, yet improves the quality of our daily lives. To register please click HERE

California
Varjapani Institute
The Heart of Chenrezig: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion & Meditation Techniques for Challenging Times
February 27 – March 1
Time: Retreat begins 7pm on February 27 and ends with lunch on March 1 Daily life can be overwhelming with relentless distraction from social media and life experiences. These instances too often contribute to a world that can appear cruel, angry, polarized, and fixated on material gain. We falter feeling tied to a fast-paced treadmill of goals and responsibilities at home and at work. Anxiety, depression, and stagnation follow, and in a bid to protect ourselves, whether consciously or not, many of us harden our hearts and fall into a rushed and mechanical way of living. Our coping mechanisms may fall into judgment and blame of self or others, or we may numb out. By responding in this way, an authentic dynamic flow of who we really are, and our inter-connectedness gets blocked and a negative ruminating mind takes over.
The good news is there’s a way out of this cycle! This is the perfect moment to pause, step back and gain a broader healthier perspective. Using time-honored spiritual tools, as well as modern psychological insights, we can bring presence, clarity, compassion, joy and connection back into our lives.
Chenrezig, in Tibetan Buddhism, embodies the Infinite Compassion of the Awakened Mind. Exploring a simple Chenrezig practice along with mantra recitation, participants can not only expand their view beyond their own boundaries of self-reflection, but can also develop a greater sense of compassion for themselves and others.
In this program, Ven. Amy Miller will help us explore how being present with our pain, fear, aversion and moving with kindness through these less than comfortable mind states is the key to transformation.   


Nepal
Lawudo Pilgrimage and Retreat May 10 – 28, 2020
If you are interested in the Pilgrimage and Retreat to Lawudo in May 2020, please register by January 31, 2020 as there are some screening questions for you to return so it’s helpful to get the process started as soon as possible. For registration information, please contact [email protected].
Click HERE for detailed itinerary 


 


Kopan Monastery (Kathmandu)
Mind Training: A Buddhist Approach to Inner Peace
June 14 – 21
Mind Training is a profound teaching in the Mahayana Buddhism tradition that teaches us how to transform our ordinary, everyday problems into opportunities to more happiness and satisfaction. How often have you been caught in a trap because your emotions got the better of you? We want to be happy, to have just the good emotions, but over and over again, disturbing emotions get in the way. Why does this happen and what does Buddhism have to say about this that can help you to be a happy, constructive person in your community. From the Buddhist perspective, we are not victims of our world. Buddhism teaches that the world is something created by our own thoughts, beliefs and actions. To be aware of our pattern of thinking and acting, we need to understand that our actions, emotions and beliefs and understand that we can actually make choices about them. Once we understand this, we can start to change our perception of the world and our reactions to whatever we experience. This course is based on the eight verses of mind training, a set of instructions on how to develop kindness and respect for all other beings. We learn to change our perspective, to become more other centered, instead of self centered. Usually we put the root of our problems outside ourselves, onto others – now we are asked to turn that idea upside down to give us new ways to find inner peace and quality relationships.


Enjoy this 9-minute slideshow on the flight and walk to Lawudo, a beautiful remote retreat center near Mount Everest in Solu Khumbu, Nepal, along with the preciousness of being there.


Please enjoy the blog and pictures from the October 2018 Lawudo Pilgrimage and Retreat. Click HERE to read more about it.

 

 


Thank you to Amanda Johnson for inviting me to “What’s Your Point of View” on October 19. She is doing some amazing things and promoting positivity on the planet. ❤️

WYPOV? Amy Joy Miller

POINT of VIEW LIVE‼️ with Amanda Has Joy and special guest Amy Joy Miller.www.amymiller.com#pointofviewlive #whatsyourpointofview #visionsvideoprostudio #amandahasjoy #amyjoymiller

Posted by Visions Video Pro Studio on Saturday, October 19, 2019


Buddhism in a Nutshell 

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Buddhism in a Nutshell

Are you looking for a general overview of the Buddhist path in the Tibetan tradition? Have a look at Buddhism in a Nutshell, an FPMT* publication co-authored by Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Venerable Amy Miller. This book includes an 11-hour audio CD of Venerable Amy teaching this course that is part of the FPMT online learning center.

  • You can order the book here and the online course here.
  • New e-book available here. Also included is a free code for the FPMT Online Learning Center course that contains downloadable audio files of the course as taught by Ven. Amy Miller.

*Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

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