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 (Springfield)
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
 
Philadelphia area (Doylestown, PA)
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.
 
Florida
Tubten Kunga Ling (Deerfield Beach)
The Heart of Compassion: Lojong Chenrezig Retreat
March 21 & 22, 10am – 4pm
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.”
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.
Making Friends with Death: Finding Peace and Perspective in this Ultimate Transition
March 26, 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.
Overcoming Obstacles: Green Tara Practice and the Path to Awakening
March 28, 10am – 4pm
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.
The Heart of Self-Compassion: Benefiting Others Through Reasonable Balance
March 29, 10am – 1pm
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.                 
 
Philadelphia
Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia
Topic: TBD
April 19, Time: TBD
 
Nepal
Pilgrimage including Three-Day Retreat
Lawudo Gompa – Solu Khumbu (Mt. Everest Region)
May 10 – 28

Please click HERE for details                                                   

 

 

 

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.

New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Shantideva Meditation Center
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 – 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 – 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.
 
On Retreat (Hopefully!)
Light of the Path Retreat, Black Mountain, North Carolina
August 23 – September 20

Human Spirit Institute
October 2020 – January 2021
Teaching a seminar on Guru Devotion, Shiné and Emptiness.

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