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“Kopan West Retreat: A Practical and Experiential Approach to Lasting Happiness”
Varjapani Institute March 23 – 30, 2019
Enjoy this comprehensive overview of the entire Buddhist path according to the Tibetan tradition and unlock the keys to creating more peace in your mind. This retreat will not only provide you with a clear roadmap of how to create healthier mental patterns and overcome negative mind states, but will also provide you with the tools necessary to undertake that journey. Based on the “Stages of the Path” (lamrim) of Tibetan Buddhism, this retreat includes lectures, guided meditations, discussion periods, and experiential homework assignments. Subjects covered include: the nature of mind, death and rebirth, karma, how to overcome suffering, mental quiescence, developing the good heart, the ultimate nature of reality (emptiness), guru devotion, and more.

To listen please click HERE to listen to the following audios

  1. Stream of Consciousness
  2. Clarity of Mind, Buddha Nature
  3. Clarity of Mind Meditation
  4. Varjasattva Purification
  5. Morning Prayers, Meditation Clarity of Mind 5.1 Morning Prayers
  6. Shine Meditation, 6 Realms of Existence
  7. Precious Human Rebirth
  8. Worldly Concerns, Death and Impermanence
  9. Impermanence Discussion, Beginning Death Contemplation
  10. Meditation with Elaine Jackson, Varjasattva
  11. Morning Prayers, Meditation, death, Shine
  12. Death, 9 reasons to Prepare for your Death
  13. Stages of Death, Visions and Dissolving Aspects
  14. Shakyamuni Buddha Meditation, You only have control over your mind
  15. Varjasattva Meditation, 10 non-virtues
  16. Morning Prayers, Meditation
  17. Karma
  18. Karmic Results
  19. Emptiness
  20. Meditation with Elaine Jackson, Vajrasattva
  21. Morning Prayers, Meditation
  22. -6, 8 and 3 Sufferings
  23. Wheel of Life
  24. Wheel of Life continued, Emptiness Meditation
  25. Emptiness Meditation discussion
  26. Wheel of Life with Elaine Jackson, Varjasattva
  27. Morning Prayers Meditation
  28. Delusions and Antidotes
  29. Lasting Happiness, guru Devotion
  30. Delusions
  31. Guru Devotion
  32. Morning Prayers, Meditation
  33. Bodhichitta, Tong-len
  34. Final Wrap-up
  35. Final wrap up 2

“Daylong Meditation”

Hosted by Milarepa Center May 5, 2018

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Morning Session

Precious Human Rebirth (Appreciating Our Human Life) from 44 minutes in to 1:15 minutes 

Afternoon Session

Clarity of Consciousness Meditation from 6 minutes in to 23 minutes 
Bodhichitta meditation (6 Point Cause and Effect) from 1:02 minutes in to 1:28 minutes
Tonglen meditation from 1:29 minutes in to 1:52 minutes

Weekend Meditation Retreat

Hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center at Garrison Institute. April 27 – 29, 2018

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“Prayers for Teaching Occasions”

As many students have asked over the years for the various Tibetan chants of many prayers and mantras, here are some of the main ones used including 3 different speeds for the short mandala offering. Enjoy!

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“Making Friends with Death”

Hosted by Kadampa Center February 9 – 11, 2018

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Session 1     Session 2     Session 3     Session 4


“General Meditation with Shakyamuni Buddha Visualization and Mantra Recitation”

Hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center January 23, 2018

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A Retreat with Venerable Amy Miller – “Wake up Time: Establishing a Path to Peace and Contentment in Challenging Times”

Hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center  At Jewel Heart Center November 11 – 12, 2017

Isn’t it exhausting trying to keep up with all of your daily activities? Do you sometimes feel like a hamster on an endless spinning wheel, frantically engaging with life? Do you want to learn how to decrease stress, deal with situations manageably, and make realistic and positive changes to your lifestyle? What about treating yourself to peace of mind with some calming meditation? And if now is not the best time, then when?

“It’s wake up time!”

Join us for this delightful retreat experience with Venerable Amy Miller, during which we’ll explore the Buddha’s teachings and a variety of guided meditations that will enhance your happiness, sense of wholeness, and well-being. Meditations that follow a graduated path to enlightenment will be offered, including:

  • appreciating our precious human life
  • death and impermanence
  • karma
  • transforming suffering into happiness
  • developing the good heart
  • the nature of reality (emptiness)
  • tonglen (taking and giving)

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Milarepa Center Meditations

“To Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times”

Join Venerable Amy Miller, a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition since 2000, as she guides you through meditations designed to calm your worried mind and help develop a positive outlook on life.

Setting your Motivation

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Precious Human Rebirth

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Meditation on the Clarity of Consciousness

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“Milarepa Center Meditations To Calm The Mind in Stressful Times”@(2013) was produced by Milarepa Center, Barnet VT. Produced and edited by RJ Smith.


2017 Light of the Path Retreat Meditations

This meditations were recorded at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly during the Light of the Path Retreat 2017 organized by Kadampa Center. August 20 – September 17, 2017

Emptiness (August 25, 2017)

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Visualizing your Own Death (August 29, 2017)

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Suffering (September 1, 2017)

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Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (September 8, 2017)

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“Love, Attachment and Creating Healthy Relationships”

This was a series of public talks presented by Centre Kalachakra. May 27 – 28, 2017

“Love” and “attachment” are often confused creating conflict in our relationships, particularly the most intimate ones. If we can lessen attachment, grasping, and control and more fully appreciate all of the goodness in our lives, experiences of genuine love and freedom organically arise. Open to all levels.

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Public Talks – MEXICO (Traducido al Español, with Spanish Translation)

This was a series of public talks presented by CENTRO KHAMLUNGPA. November 2016

  • 12 Vínculos de Originación Dependiente (12 Links of Dependent Arising) To listen, please click here
  • Amor, Deseo y Relaciones Saludables (Parte 1) (Love, Desire, and Healthy Relationships- Part 1) To listen, please click here 
  • Amor, Deseo y Relaciones Saludables (Parte 2) (Love, Desire, and Healthy Relationships- Part 2) To listen, please click here
  • Cómo Convivir con Personas Difíciles (How to Be with Difficult People) To listen, please click here
  • Cómo Transformar Emociones Negativas (How to Transform Negative Emotions) To listen, please click here

Weekend Retreat: “The Art of Meditation and How to Develop the Fully Awakened Heart”

Hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center on October 1 – 2, 2016

In this retreat we explore the eighth chapter of Master Shantideva’s, “Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”, a critical chapter that explains the significance of meditative absorption. This teaching includes tonglen (giving and taking) meditation along with discussion and Q&A.

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“The Source of Lasting Happiness”

This was a public talk presented by Shantideva Meditation Center , New York, NY. September 30, 2016

This is a talk where we explore how blissful mind states can be cultivated so that we experience more gratification by delighting in the happiness of others. This openhearted approach to the world drastically improves our life experiences and relationships.

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“Prioritizing Well-Being”

This is a podcast produced the School of Metta in England. April 2016

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“What’s Love Got to Do with it”

This is a podcast produced by Jamyang Liverpool. January 2016

There are six files in this podcast: 4 for Saturday January 30 and 2 for Sunday January 31.

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“Conquering Stress and Anxiety”

Hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center New York, NY. February 2015

This program explores the triggers behind stress and anxiety and offers meditations for transforming stress, anxiety and unhealthy mental patterns for a healthier and more stable mind. Venerable Amy Miller also elaborates on the traditional Buddhist teachings on mind transformation (lojong).

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“Awakening Compassionate Mindfulness”

The teachings were given at the Choe Khor Sum Ling Center in Bangalore, India. December 6 – 7, 2014

  • Developing Mindfulness: A Practical Approach to Happy & Healthy Daily Lives
  • Developing a Good Heart: Compassion and Loving Kindness in Every Moment
  • Discovering the Joy of Living – Transforming our Negative Emotions followed by wrap up and Q&A

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“Transforming Problems into Happiness”

This was a public talk and retreat, presented by Shantideva Meditation Center, at Tibet House, New York, NY. June 14 – 15, 2013

An overview of Tibetan Buddhist approaches to mind training (or “lo-jong”), which focuses on transforming adversities into opportunities for greater resilience, love, and compassion. Working with greater awareness of our minds, we come to understand how our thoughts and attitudes might shift from habitual self-centeredness to other-mindedness.

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“Living the Path to Enlightenment: Mindfulness and Meditation for Peaceful, Compassionate Living”

This was a public talk and retreat with Ven. Amy Miller presented by Shantideva Meditation Center, at Tibet House, New York, NY. May 11 – 13, 2012

This talk presents an overview of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim) and leads analytical meditations on various topics to help people cultivate a deeper understanding and integration of this Tibetan Buddhist approach to mindful living.

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“Practicing the Good Heart: Bringing the Dharma into Daily Life”

This was a retreat presented by Shantideva Meditation Center at Jewel Heart Center, New York, NY. October 29 – 30, 2011

Explore the meaning behind specific practices and rituals for purification and creating merit; advice about establishing a firm foundation for individual and group practice.

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“Insight into the Nature of Reality”

This was a public talk sponsored by Shantideva Meditation Center at Tibet House, New York, NY. October 28, 2011

An introduction to the nature of our minds and the profound teaching on emptiness, the nature of reality, in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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