Teaching Schedule 2020

UK
London
The Path to Joy
January 4, 10am – 4pm
This program offers participants a practical roadmap of how to cultivate happiness and overcome suffering in the midst of life’s challenges. Interweaving the “Steps on the Path” (Lam Rim), the foundational philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism, with The Book of Joy
(discussions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu), this course explores the eight pillars of joy (perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity) along with the realistic tools necessary to undertake that journey. Open to all levels.
Imagining the Positive: Engaging Compassionate Wisdom in Everyday Life 
January 5, 10am – 1pm
Life today can be very overwhelming and doses us with large amounts of anxiety, depression, and negative attitudes. Is this daily experience our choosing or is there an alternative way of thinking and being? And why is it that we often choose to manifest something other than our full potential? Due to our familiarity of living lesser lives, we experience an inner dissatisfaction.
In this workshop, we will use this dissatisfaction to fuel a process of dismantling the safety net of limited thinking and reassemble a more positive mindset. It is from this more positive framework, that we can create more inner happiness and, therefore, healthier and more compassionate connections with ourselves and others. Open to all levels.
 
Developing the Good Heart
January 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm
“Cherishing others more than oneself” rests as the crux of the Buddhist path and seems beneficial in theory, but how do we truly cultivate that mindset? This class presents the two main methods for developing bodhichitta, the enlightened attitude, and introduces meditations on tonglen and equanimity to being the process of fully opening our hearts.
 
Taunton
The Spiritual Teacher
January 8, 7:30 – 9pm
Discovering Buddhism. In this module you will investigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path: the need for a teacher, the qualities of a teacher, the qualities of a student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit in one’s spiritual life. You will consider the challenges we face when thinking of entering into a guru-disciple relationship and learn how to overcome these skillfully. Open to all levels.
 
Centro Shiwa Lha (Livestream course via ZOOM)
Meditation, Mindfulness and Making Life Meaningful
January 24, 5 – 7pm east coast US time
Bring more calm and joy to your life with a consistent meditation practice; discover resources within you that lend to more mindful approaches to everyday living. Meditation instruction and practice will be offered along with insightful techniques for de-stressing and inviting more gratitude and compassion into your life.
To register please go to www.shiwalha.org.br
 
Philadelphia area (Doylestown, PA)
Unity Barn
The Path to Joy
January 25 , 1 – 4pm
This program offers participants a practical roadmap of how to cultivate happiness and overcome suffering in the midst of life’s challenges. Interweaving the “Steps on the Path” (Lam Rim), the foundational philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism, with The Book of Joy
(discussions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu), this course explores the eight pillars of joy (perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity) along with the realistic tools necessary to undertake that journey. Open to all levels.
 
Raleigh, NC
The Path to Joy
January 31, 7 – 9pm
February 1, 10am – 4pm
February 2, 10am – 4pm
This program offers participants a practical roadmap of how to cultivate happiness and overcome suffering in the midst of life’s challenges. Interweaving the “Steps on the Path” (Lam Rim), the foundational philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism, with The Book of Joy
(discussions with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu), this course explores the eight pillars of joy (perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity) along with the realistic tools necessary to undertake that journey. Open to all levels.
 
Nashville, TN
Dealing with Difficult People
February 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Aren’t you tired of having challenging people turn up in your life? Why are they there and how can we make them go away? This lively evening presents an alternative view on the presence of these people and how we can best we transform a negative experience into a more positive one. Meditation and practical exercises included. Open to all levels.
What’s Love Got to Do with It? Love, Desire, and Enjoying Meaningful Relationships
February 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
“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.
 
Florida
Tubten Kunga Ling  (Deerfield Beach)
What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Love, Desire, and Enjoying Meaningful Relationships
February 5, 7 – 9pm  
“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.
Imagining the Positive: Engaging Compassionate Wisdom in Everyday Life 
February 6, 7 – 9pm
Life today can be very overwhelming and doses us with large amounts of anxiety, depression, and negative attitudes. Is this daily experience our choosing or is there an alternative way of thinking and being? And why is it that we often choose to manifest something other than our full potential? Due to our familiarity of living lesser lives, we experience an inner dissatisfaction.
In this workshop, we will use this dissatisfaction to fuel a process of dismantling the safety net of limited thinking and reassemble a more positive mindset. It is from this more positive framework, that we can create more inner happiness and, therefore, healthier and more compassionate connections with ourselves and others. Open to all levels.
 

Special South Florida Retreat
The Path to Joy at Casa San Carlos (Delray Beach) Hosted by Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
February 7 – 9
A weekend retreat to expand our understanding of why we operate the way we do and how we can transform less than positive experiences into pathways to happiness and fulfillment. Join this delightful and practical weekend retreat that will explore a variety of guided meditations and teachings. To register please visit Namdrol Ling Study Group’s website. Open to all levels. To register please click HERE

Philadelphia area (Doylestown, PA)
Unity Barn
What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Love, Desire, and Enjoying Meaningful Relationships
February 13, 7 – 8:30pm
“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.
 
California
What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Love, Desire, and Enjoying Meaningful Relationships
February 21, 7 – 9pm
“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. To register please click HERE
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
 
Varjapani Institute (Boulder Creek)
The Heart of Chenrezig: Mindfulness, Self-Compassion & Meditation Techniques for Challenging Times
February 27 – March 1,  7pm February 27 – 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.   
 
Clearing the Way to Enlightenment: The Preliminary Practices of Ngöndro
March 2, 7 – 9pm
Before embarking on any new project or activity, it helps to know without a doubt why you are doing it and what greater purpose it can involve. Our individual spiritual journeys are unique and the practice of Tibetan Buddhism often contains some ritualistic practices that can appear overwhelming. It’s hard to know what is best and what is essential in transforming the mind from suffering into a happier state. As many of the time-honored Eastern traditions seem old fashioned in today’s world, it can be helpful to carefully explore their purpose before jumping to the conclusion that they are now obsolete.
As busy working people, how do we work to purify negative mind states and accumulate the conditions to develop along the path and not be obsessed with the slavish accumulation of getting certain practices done? Can preliminary practices such as these create a way to dismantle the veil of delusions obscuring our true enlightened nature?
This insightful program will not only give a thorough explanation of the various Ngöndro practices, but will also explore their place on the path to enlightenment and give a practical application to doing these practices in modern times. Open to all levels of students, but helpful to have some background in Buddhism.
Meditation, Mindfulness and Making Life Meaningful
March 3, 7 – 9pm
Bring more calm and joy to your life with some understanding of beginning meditation; discover resources within you that lend to more mindful approaches to everyday living. Brief meditation instruction will be offered along with insightful techniques for de-stressing and inviting more gratitude and compassion into your life. 
 
Making Friends with Death: Finding Peace and Perspective in this Ultimate Transition
March 5, 7 – 9pm
For most of our culture, death often presents an anxious situation ridden with fear, loss, hopelessness and grief. Explore a more expansive view of this natural transition and how it is possible to face death with peace, dignity and no regrets. Discussion and meditation included along with practical applications for caregivers. Open to all levels of students with a particular interest in death and dying, hospice work, and all caregivers.
 
New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Shantideva Meditation Center
Day of Miracles: First Major Festival Day of the Tibetan Calendar
March 9
Lunchtime Meditation, 1 – 2pm
Various Practices, 7 – 9pm
The Day of Miracles is the closing of the first two weeks of the Tibetan calendar and commemorates the Buddha displaying a different miracle each day to inspire faith in His disciples. This “merit-multiplying” day is a fantastic time to practice so Shantideva Center is offering lunch-time meditation, and an evening incorporating prostrations, Vajrasattva purification practice, sutra readings, and a Shakyamuni Buddha puja. All practices are open to all levels of practitioners. Come join the events and make the most of this auspicious holiday!
March 10
Lunchtime Meditation, 1 – 2pm
 
Philadelphia area (Doylestown, PA) — CANCELLED
Unity Barn
Get Real: The Wisdom Realizing Emptiness and How It Creates a Happier, More Peaceful Life
March 14 , 1 – 4pm
Our experiences of holding ourselves as solid, unchanging, and independent are inevitably threatened by daily life. Explore the profound Buddhist topic of emptiness, a lack of this inherent nature, and begin to dismantle the web of mistaken perception that keeps us suffering.
 
Philadelphia Area (Springfield) — CANCELLED
Meditation, Mindfulness and Making Life Meaningful
March 16, 7 – 8pm
Bring more calm and joy to your life with some understanding of beginning meditation; discover resources within you that lend to more mindful approaches to everyday living. Brief meditation instruction will be offered along with insightful techniques for de-stressing and inviting more gratitude and compassion into your life. 
Springfield Township Library
70 Powell Road, Springfield, PA 19064
Contact: 610.543.2113
 
Florida
These teachings are available in an online format
Tubten Kunga Ling (Deerfield Beach)
The Heart of Compassion: Lojong Chenrezig Retreat
March 21, 10am – NOON
Referencing the profound lojong text, “The Eight Verses of Mind Training,” along with a practice of the 4-Armed Chenrezig (the Buddha of Infinite Compassion), 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. Visualization of a simple 4-Armed Chenrezig practice with mantra recitation are included along with a thorough exploration of “The Eight Verses.”
Please click HERE to register, this is an ONLINE teaching.
The Heart of Self-Compassion: Benefiting Others Through Reasonable Balance
March 22, 10 – NOON
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. Anxiety, depression, and stagnation follow, and as a result, many of us harden our hearts and fall into judgment, blame of self or others, or simply numbing out. By responding in this way, an authentic flow of who we really are blocks our inter-connectedness and a negative ruminating mind takes over. The good news is there’s a way out of this cycle!
How can we use our vulnerability to generate a strong wish to emerge from our confusion and separation and spark a deep experience of compassion for ourselves and ultimately others? This program explores a path of transformation by being present with our pain, fear, attachment, and aversion and incorporates mindfulness exercises to help us move through these less than comfortable states. Open to all levels.     
Please click HERE to register, this is an ONLINE teaching.
What Goes Around Comes Around: How Karma Works
March 24, 7 – 9pm
What Goes Around, Comes Around: How Karma Works
Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Join this lively workshop to understand the workings of karma and how some small positive adjustments in life can move you to a more peaceful and happier experience. Open to all levels.
Please click HERE to register, this is an ONLINE teaching.
Overcoming Obstacles: Green Tara Practice and the Path to Awakening
March 28, 10am – NOON
The “Lam Rim” or “Stages of the Path” 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 each topic in a way that not only fulfills our spiritual aspirations, yet improves the quality of our daily lives. A meditation practice of Green Tara will also be included. Tara is one of the most widely venerated deities in Tibetan Buddhism and is the embodiment of enlightened energy. In doing this practice, inner and outer obstacles can be eliminated to help us develop our minds and accumulate the positive conditions needed to attain enlightenment. Open to all levels.
Please click HERE to register this is an ONLINE teaching.
 
*Please see below for ZOOM Guided Practice Sessions recommended by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche for the Covid-19 Virus
Saturday, March 28 1:OO-1:30 hosted by Shantideva Center
 
Making Friends with Death: Finding Peace and Perspective in this Ultimate Transition
March 29, 10am – NOON
For most of our culture, death often presents an anxious situation ridden with fear, loss, hopelessness and grief. Explore a more expansive view of this natural transition and how it is possible to face death with peace, dignity and no regrets. Discussion and meditation included along with practical applications for caregivers. Open to all levels of students with a particular interest in death and dying, hospice work, and all caregivers.
Please click HERE to register, this is an ONLINE teaching.
 
LIVESTREAM (FACEBOOK) TEACHING
Hosted by Tse Chen Ling Center (San Francisco, CA)
Taste of Buddhism: To Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times
March 29, 1:30 – 3pm East Coast Time
To watch live please click HERE

Guided Practice Sessions Based on Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for the COVID-19 Virus – VIA ZOOM
March 28 &
April 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
1:00 – 1:30pm East Coast US Time

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama have suggested some practices to help maintain our own good health and to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. These practices only take about a half hour each day and are also very beneficial to do in a group setting if possible. Therefore, our center in NY, Shantideva Center (Shantidevanyc.org) is hosting twice weekly practice sessions via Zoom. 

To join these sessions, please register at Zoom.us. It is very easy to sign up.
Then please go to this link: https://shantidevanyc.org/covid-19-practices/ where you will find a connection to the FREE practice sessions and Rinpoche’s advice so you can download any of the short practices prior to the session. There is also a link if you would like to make a donation to Shantideva Center.
 
Florida (Deerfield Beach)
ZOOM Meetings Hosted by Tubten Kunga Ling  
Practical Compassion: Helping Ourselves and Others Choose Kindness and Clarity
Saturdays, April 11, 18 and 25. 10:00 – 11:30am East Coast US time.
Daily life under quarantine can be overwhelming with relentless input from news and social media. Anxiety, depression, and stagnation follow, and as a result, many of us harden our hearts and fall into blame of self or others, fear, or simply numbing out. By responding in this way, an authentic 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! 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. These mini-retreat sessions will occasionally use a simple Chenrezig (Buddha of Infinite Compassion) practice along with mantra recitation, and other meditations, discussion, and practical exercises. 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.
To register for session 1 please click HERE
To register for session 2 please click HERE
To register for session 3 please click HERE

California
ZOOM Meetings Hosted by Vajrapani Institute  
Online Meditation, Tara Practice and Q&A
Mondays April 13, 20, 27, 4 & 11 May, 7:30pm – 8:30pm East Coast US Time.
An opportunity to come together to connect, settle into space with others and yourself while deepening your connection with Tara the Liberator, the female Buddha who is so beloved to many Tibetan Buddhist practitioners. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has particularly recommended this practice for our current times. To register please click HERE

London, UK
Online Meeting Hosted by Jamyang Buddhist Centre Fireside Chat
April 16, 2 – 3:30pm East Coast US Time
The term “Fireside Chats” comes from a series of evening radio addresses given by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt between 1933 and 1944, where he addressed topics like the recession and World War II. His tone and demeanor communicated self-assurance during times of despair and uncertainty. This is an opportunity for you to listen to Venerable Amy share informally on what has been on her mind during the previous week, with a space at the end for questions.  TO JOIN: On Zoom https://zoom.us/j/724743082. No need of Registration. Join the online class form the Zoom link. You can join us either by computer or via smartphone App. Make sure you allow a bit of extra time to get ready. On YouTube: Live on Jamyang’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/jamyangtv
 
New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn) 
ZOOM Meeting hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center 
Lama Tsong Khapa Guru Yoga
April 17, 7 – 9pm (East Coast US Time)
Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga is a particularly powerful practice for receiving the blessings of one’s personal teacher and developing the realization of guru devotion. The practice includes prayers, Vajrasattva purification and meditations on making offerings, confessing, and rejoicing.
To register click HERE
 
Philadelphia
Staying Calm and Grounded in the Face of Adversity
April 19, 10 – 11:30am East Coast US Time
Although we are all adjusting to unprecedented challenges in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, staying calm and present offer the most skillful response. Tune in to our Zoom session as Venerable Amy shares core teachings from the Dharma that guide us in managing our afflictive emotions and turning towards kindness and compassion as our protective layer against fear and anxiety.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/364391490      

Meeting ID: 364 391 490
Password: 622650
 
New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
ZOOM Meeting hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center
Tara Puja
May 1, 7-  9pm East Coast US Time
Cittamani Tara Puja is a practice invoking Cittamani Tara, a deity well-known as a source of swift assistance in all temporal and spiritual matters. Cittamani Tara is called upon to bring success – including for situations involving family, relationships, business, and career – and for protection from all negativities and fears. She is also invoked in times of emergency, personal distress and difficulty, health problems, for the quick removal of obstacles, and when rapid wisdom is needed.
 
ZOOM Meeting Medicine Buddha Puja
May 7, 7 – 8:30pm East Coast US Time
 
ZOOM Meeting Guided Practice Sessions Based on Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for the COVID-19 Virus – VIA ZOOM
Wednesdays: May 13, 20, 27 10 – 10:45am East Coast US Time Saturdays: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 1 – 1:45pm East Coast US Time
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama have suggested some practices to help maintain our own good health and to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. These practices only take about a half hour each day and are also very beneficial to do in a group setting if possible. Therefore, our center in NY, Shantideva Center (Shantidevanyc.org) is hosting twice weekly practice sessions. Please go to this link: https://shantidevanyc.org/covid-19-practices/ where you will find a connection to the FREE practice sessions and Rinpoche’s advice so you can download any of the short practices prior to the session. There is also a link if you would like to make a donation to Shantideva Center.
 
ZOOM Meeting Tara Puja
May 30, 4pm East Coast US Time
Cittamani Tara Puja is a practice invoking Cittamani Tara, a deity well-known as a source of swift assistance in all temporal and spiritual matters. Cittamani Tara is called upon to bring success – including for situations involving family, relationships, business, and career – and for protection from all negativities and fears. She is also invoked in times of emergency, personal distress and difficulty, health problems, for the quick removal of obstacles, and when rapid wisdom is needed.
California
ZOOM Meetings Hosted by Vajrapani Institute
Online Mindful Self – Compassion During Difficult Times
Tuesdays May 19, 26 & June 2, 9. 7:30pm – 9pm East Coast US Time.
The challenges we are currently facing can be overwhelming and disorienting, especially in a culture that has conditioned us to constantly gain, achieve, and produce. The fear and discomfort of being alone and in isolation can be quite unnerving as we all adjust to what the new “normal” looks and feels like. For many, the sudden pause is causing some severe discomfort, fear, boredom, and loneliness. In a bid to protect ourselves, whether consciously or not, many of us tend to harden our hearts and become critical and impatient with our emotional processes. Our coping mechanisms may fall into judgment of self or others, or we may numb out. By responding in this way, an authentic dynamic flow of who we really are, along with our unique interconnectedness, gets blocked. What is beautiful, though, is that there is a way through this cycle! This is the perfect moment to lean into the pause, step back and gain a broader, healthier perspective. By incorporating practices of self-compassion now, along with essential spiritual tools and modern psychological insights, we can create more presence, clarity, joy and connection in our everyday lives. In this powerful online series, Venerable Amy Miller helps us explore how being present with discomfort fuels a path through our pain, fear, aversion, and laziness to kindness for ourselves and others. Explore how mindful self-compassion is not only a phenomenal tool for moving through these less than comfortable times, but is also the key to a deeper and more positive transformation overall.
To Register Click HERE
 
New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
ZOOM Meeting hosted by Shantideva Meditation Center
Guided Practice Sessions Based on Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for the COVID-19 Virus – VIA ZOOM
Wednesdays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 10 – 10:45am East Coast US Time Saturdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27. 1 – 1:45pm East Coast US Time
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama have suggested some practices to help maintain our own good health and to help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. These practices only take about a half hour each day and are also very beneficial to do in a group setting if possible. Therefore, our center in NY, Shantideva Center (Shantidevanyc.org) is hosting twice weekly practice sessions. Please go to this link: https://shantidevanyc.org/covid-19-practices/ where you will find a connection to the FREE practice sessions and Rinpoche’s advice so you can download any of the short practices prior to the session. There is also a link if you would like to make a donation to Shantideva Center.
 
ZOOM Meeting Saka Dawa
June 5, Time: 7pm – 9pm
Saka Dawa celebrates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (when a buddha passes away and leaves his or her earthly body). On this day, Buddhists around the world engage in many prayers and practices, making extensive offerings to teachers, holy objects, and charitable activities. This holiday is an excellent opportunity for beneficial thoughts, speech, actions, and dedicating ourselves to practice and study. The karmic results of everything we do on this day are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. To register please click HERE

Please click on the links above to access the PDF texts for the practices.

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.
 
New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Shantideva Meditation Center
All Times Below are East Coast US Time and all held via ZOOM

His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Birthday (observed July 6): Medicine Buddha Puja
July 5, 7 – 9pm
To register please click HERE
 
Choosing Kindness: Empathy, Emptiness, and Empowerment in Challenging Times
July 17, 7 – 9pm
In our daily lives, we are often bombarded by external experiences that show cruelty and heartlessness. We are influenced by these situations and begin to believe that in order to be happy we need to follow a particular behavior, obtain an array of material items and/or attain a certain status. Little by little, the natural authentic dynamic flow of who we really are gets blocked and instead manifests as something more constrictive, negative, hostile or fearful. So we escape, blame or numb ourselves to what is really happening. Then the ruminating mind takes over deepening a false veil on our perceptions. This is the perfect time for practice!
How can we use our vulnerability to generate a strong wish to emerge from our confusion and separation and spark a deep experience of compassion for others? This program explores a path of transformation by being present with our pain, fear, and aversion and incorporates mindfulness exercises to help us move through these less than comfortable states. Open to all levels.
 
Making Friends with Death: Finding Peace and Perspective in this Ultimate Transition  
July 18, 10am – NOON, 2pm -4pm
For most of our culture, death often presents an anxious situation ridden with fear, loss, hopelessness and grief. Explore a more expansive view of this natural transition and how it is possible to face death with peace, dignity and no regrets. Discussion and meditation included along with practical applications for caregivers. Open to all levels of students with a particular interest in death and dying, hospice work, and all caregivers.
 
What Goes Around, Comes Around: How Karma Works
July 19, 10am – NOON, 2pm -4pm
Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Join this lively workshop to understand the workings of karma and how some small positive adjustments in life can move you to a more peaceful and happier experience. Open to all levels.
 
Buddha Day – First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma 
July 24, 7 – 9pm
 
LIVESTREAM (FACEBOOK) TEACHING 
Hosted by Tse Chen Ling Center (San Francisco, CA) All Times Below are East Coast US Time
 
How Kindness is Contagious
July 26, 1:30pm – 3pm
For many people, the sudden pause due to the Covid-19 Virus is causing some severe discomfort, fear, boredom, and loneliness. In a bid to protect ourselves, whether consciously or not, many of us tend to harden and become critical and impatient with our emotional processes. Our coping mechanisms may fall into judgment of self or others, or we may shut down. By responding in this way, an authentic dynamic flow of who we really are, along with our unique interconnectedness, gets blocked. Enjoy this “taste” to explore how being present with discomfort fuels a path through our pain, fear, aversion, and laziness to kindness for ourselves and others. Experience mindful self-compassion as not only a phenomenal tool for moving through these less than comfortable times, but also as a key to a deeper and more positive transformation overall. Open to all levels.
 
Why is Life Such a Hassle?: Transforming Negative Emotions
August 30, 1:30pm – 3pm
The desire for happiness serves as a major motivation in our lives, yet we often experience numerous obstacles to achieving it. Despite our material comforts and beneficial circumstances, frustration, fear, anxiety, depression, along with other less than generous mind states, cloud our view. This talk explores a variety of healthy coping mechanisms that can help transform everyday challenges into a more realistic and peaceful experience. Open to all levels.
 
Human Spirit Institute, Israel
October 2020 – January 2021
Teaching a semester on Guru Devotion, Shiné and Emptiness.
 
2021
Special South Florida Meditation Retreat
Hosted at Casa San Carlos (Delray Beach) Organized by Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
February 26 – 28
A weekend retreat to expand our understanding of why we operate the way we do and how we can transform less than positive experiences into pathways to happiness and fulfillment. Join this delightful and practical weekend retreat that will explore a variety of guided meditations and teachings. To register please visit Namdrol Ling Study Group’s website. Open to all levels
 
 
Nepal
Pilgrimage including Three-Day Retreat
Lawudo Gompa – Solu Khumbu (Mt. Everest Region)
April 26 – May 14, 2021

Please click HERE for details. The itinerary will be identical to the 2020 pilgrimage. Only the dates will be updated. An updated itinerary will be posted soon.                                                                                             
    

 

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