Teaching Schedule 2017

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center
Tibet House
January 10, 7 – 8:30pm: New Meditation Series
January 11, 7 – 9pm: Discovering Buddhism Questions and Answers

Philadelphia area (Swarthmore)
Swarthmore Buddhadharma Group
New Year Purification: Vajrasasttva Practice and the Four Opponent Powers
January 17, 7:30 – 9:00pm
When we know we mess up, we are often left with feelings of guilt and a lethargy of not having an effective means to change negative habits. By understanding and applying the four opponent powers with Vajrasattva visualization and mantra recitation, effective purification can take place. Most suitable for those with some background in Buddhism. By donation.

South Florida (Deerfield Beach)
Tubten Kunga Center

Get Real: Emptiness and Authenticity in Challenging Times
January 22, 11:00am – 4:00pm

South Florida (Miami)
Namdrol Ling Study Group
January 24: Developing the Good Heart: Raising Children with Wisdom and Compassion (4:00 – 5:30pm)
Battling Addiction (7:30 – 9:30pm)
January 25: Mindfulness for Children (12:15 – 2:00pm)
January 26: Waking Up to Emptiness (7:30 – 9:30pm)
January 27: Introduction to Tantra (7:30 – 9:30pm)
January 28: Introduction to Tantra (cont.) (10am – 1pm)

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center
Tibet House
Public Talk – Riding the Wave: Moving Forward in Vulnerable Times
February 3, 7 – 9:00pm

When we experience difficult times and our certainties crumble, our instinct is usually to run away, blame, or feel depressed. This only makes matters worse by trapping us in a circle of negative emotions while thickening the gloomy veil we put on our perceptions of the world. In this public talk, Ven. Amy will introduce the weekend teachings by sharing simple techniques for changing our experience of difficulty, helping us get through difficult times, and using them as opportunities to grow kinder and more confident.

Weekend Retreat: Facing Difficulty with Love and Compassion
February 4 & 5, 10am to 5pm

Ven. Amy will delve deeper into the topic of facing difficult times. What are their causes? What causes must we create in order to have a different experience? How can we use our vulnerability to generate a strong wish to emerge from samsara and spark a deep compassion for others? How can we gain perspective and realize the illusory nature of all these experiences? Please join use as Ven. Amy guides us toward the inspiring answers to these timely questions! Open to all levels.

Weekly Meditation Series – Calmly Meeting Change: Staying Strong and Positive
February 7, 7 – 8:30pm

This series focuses on how we have everything we need to be happy, to make others happy, and change the world. This evening will focus on how we have every perfect opportunity now to practice due to the advantages of our precious human rebirth.

Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra
February 8 (in-person) and February 15 (via Skype), 7 – 9:00pm

Sessions 5 and 6 of this worthwhile module involving transforming our ordinary reality into something extraordinary.

Raleigh, North Carolina
Kadampa Center
The Courage of Compassion: Awakening the Fully Opened Heart

February 10: 7 – 8:30pm
February 11: 10am – 4pm
February 12: 10am – 4pm

Treat Yourself to this Special Valentine’s Program!
“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 begin the process of fully opening our hearts.

Let’s celebrate bringing more love and kindness in our everyday experiences especially during this time of the year. In this weekend workshop, Ven. Amy will guide our exploration of how to expand our hearts to see everyone around us as more precious than ourselves. Open to all levels.

Boston
Northeastern University
Lecture: Karma and Finding Purpose in Life
February 21, 3:25 – 5:00pm

Philadelphia Area (Drexel Hill)
Sojourn Yoga
What Goes Around, Comes Around: How Karma Works

February 22, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Why do bad things happen to good people? Explore the workings of karma and how you can create a more peaceful and happier life. Open to all levels.

Philadelphia area (Havertown)
The Philadelphia Meditation Center
What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Love, Desire, and Enjoying Meaningful Relationships
February 24, 7:30 – 9:00pm
“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.

Philadelphia Area (Paoli)
Purenergy Yoga

What’s Love Got to Do with It?: Love, Desire, and Enjoying Meaningful Relationships
February 25, 12:30 – 2:30pm
“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.

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
February 28, 7 – 8:30pm: Meditation Series – Facing Fear – postponed
March 1, 7 – 9pm: Discovering Buddhism Module 1: Mind and Its Potential

Philadelphia area (Swarthmore)
Swarthmore Buddhadharma Group
Chenresig Practice
March 21, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Experience a simple, yet profound sadhana (daily spiritual practice) with visualization and mantra recitation involving the Buddha of Infinite Compassion. Most suitable for those with some background in Buddhism, but open to all. By donation.

South Florida (Deerfield Beach)
Tubten Kunga Center
March 23 – April 6

Buddhism in a Nutshell
Thursdays, March 23, March 30 and April 6, 7 – 9pm
Here’s your chance to get a fun overview of the entire path to enlightenment or refresh your knowledge of Buddhist philosophy. Meditation and practical exercises included. Perfect for beginners, as well as introductory level students. An in-person experience with the teacher of the FPMT course and co-author of the book, Buddhism in a Nutshell. More will be gained by attending all three sessions, but feel free to drop in to one or two classes if necessary.

Ultimate Healing: Empathy, Compassion, and Loving Kindness as a Path to Awakening
March 25 and 26, 11am – 4pm with potluck lunch

This weekend retreat explores sustaining compassion in all walks of life and how we can turn from fear, burnout, depression, and anxiety to replenish our core resources. Meditation on Chenresig (the Buddha of Compassion), exercises, and discussion will be included. The weekend is perfect for all levels of practitioners and particularly helpful for caregivers or those struggling to develop more self-care and compassion. Best to attend both days, but partial attendance is fine.

The Chains that Bind You: The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
Tuesdays, March 28 and April 4, 7 – 9pm
What happens when our pursuit of happiness is thwarted again and again? Why do the same problems continue to arise? If we are dissatisfied with our lives and the external reality that is mirroring back to us, is it possible to change that?

By exploring the Twelve Links, we are able to recognize delusion and karma as the root of our suffering. It is through “facing the music” that we can begin to understand and apply the mechanisms to dismantle the addictions and dysfunction.

A full explanation of the Wheel of Life will be included along with meditation and practical exercises. All are welcome although this class is better suited for more experienced practitioners.

April Fool’s Delight: Mindfulness, Mahamudra, and Meditative Stability
April 1 and 2, 11am – 4pm with potluck lunch

Don’t let yourself be fooled this weekend! Treat yourself to a weekend of exploring mindfulness through a variety of stabilizing meditations on the nature of mind and other topics of Buddhist philosophy. Shiné (calm abiding) meditation will be taught and practiced throughout. Exercises in cultivating mindfulness will be included along with discussion on its application in everyday life. All levels welcome and partial attendance is fine although you will certainly get more out of full attendance.

South Florida (Miami)
Namdrol Ling Study Group
Two Wednesday Evenings, 7:30 – 9:30pm
March 29: Choosing Kindness: Empathy and Empowerment in Challenging Times
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? In this evening, Ven. Amy Miller will walk us through a path of fully waking up and being present with our pain, fear, aversion and how moving through these less than comfortable mind states is the key to transformation. Open to all levels of students.

April 5: Making Friends with Death: Finding Peace and Perspective in this Ultimate Transition for You and Your Love Ones
For most of our culture, death often presents an anxious situation ridden with fear, loss, hopelessness and grief. Explore and learn a more expansive view of this natural transition and how it is possible to prepare and face death with peace, dignity and no regrets. Discussion and meditation included along with practical applications for your self and your loved ones. Open to all levels of students.

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
April 11, 7 – 8:30pm: New Meditation Series (via Skype)
April 12, 7 – 9pm: Discovering Buddhism Module 1: Mind and Its Potential Questions and Answers (via Skype)

New York Area
Shantideva Meditation Center

Third Annual Meditation Retreat
at Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York
April 14 – 16
A variety of guided meditation sessions to include shinay (calm abiding), the nature of mind, death and dying, developing the good heart, emptiness, and other topics on the path to enlightenment. Help kickstart your practice or invigorate an already-existing one. Comments from the last retreat included, “Totally life inspiring” and “The best thing I chose to do this year.” Some background in Buddhism a great help, but not necessary.

California
Vajrapani Institute (Boulder Creek)
Kopan West Spring Retreat: A Practical Guide to True Happiness
April 21 – 28
We all want to be happy and we all want to be free of suffering. This retreat will not only provide you with a clear roadmap of how to overcome suffering and to find true happiness but it will also provide you with the tools necessary to undertake that journey.

Have you been curious about Buddhist practice, but don’t know where to begin? Have you attended Buddhist teachings, but don’t know how to meditate on the subjects you’ve studied? An extensive introduction into the theory and practice of the path to enlightenment within the Tibetan Buddhist view, this retreat is also an excellent opportunity for more advanced students to deepen their understanding and own practice.

This retreat will be based on the “Stages of the Path” (lamrim) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and will include lectures, guided meditations, discussion periods, and experiential homework assignments. Subjects to be discussed will include: appreciating your human rebirth, impermanence, karma, death and rebirth, developing loving-kindness, compassion and the awakening mind (bodhicitta), the ultimate nature of reality, and more.

This class will also teach you the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation, and give you the tools you need both to begin a daily meditation practice and to deal with problems and difficulties once you have started to meditate.

Land of Medicine Buddha (Santa Cruz area)
Trust Kindness: Empathy and Letting Go in Vulnerable Times
April 30, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Challenging times can cause certainty to crumble and erode our seeming happiness. Our instinct often is to escape, blame, or numb ourselves to what we are experiencing. This only perpetuates the cycle of negative emotions and the ruminating mind while deepening a false veil on our perceptions of reality. How can we use our vulnerability to generate a strong wish to emerge from our confusion and disconnection and spark a deep compassion for others?

In this public talk, Venerable Amy will walk us through a path of fully waking up and being present with our pain, fear and aversion with the full expression of our wisdom and compassion.

This talk is open to all students though it would be helpful to have some familiarity with Buddhism.

Tse Chen Ling Center (San Francisco)
Introduction to Tantra
May 4, 7 – 9pm
Join us as we learn what tantra is, how it works, and why it is a powerful form of practice. We’ll get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to practice simple Kriya tantric methods. We’ll also learn to integrate tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results! Open to all levels.

Ocean of Compassion Buddha (Campbell, CA)
May 5, 7 – 9pm: What’s Love Got to Do with It?
“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. Join us and explore creating more love, spaciousness, and fun in your relationships. Open to all levels.

May 6, 10am – 4pm: Riding the Wave: Empathy, Emptiness and Empowerment in Vulnerable Times
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, our kind heart becomes obscured by shields; the natural authentic dynamic flow of who we really are gets blocked. 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.

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? Join this insightful day of teachings, meditation, exercises, and discussion and venture into a path of fully waking up and being present. Open to all levels.

May 7, 10am – 2pm (includes brunch): Family Fun: Meditation and Parents’ Session on Raising Children in the Dharma

10-10:45am:                    Special Sunday Meditation w/Ven. Amy (families welcome so bring your kids!)
11am – 12:00 Noon       Brunch with Ven. Amy
12:00 Noon – 2pm         Parents’ Session: Mindfully Raising Children with Wisdom and Compassion
Parenting provides a profound opportunity for life-long spiritual practice. Often times, caretaking is demanding and can take the mind away from the presence of one’s compassion and wisdom. Through self-compassion, one can tap into one’s innate courage and fearlessness to lead families with equanimity, love, compassion and wisdom.

Come explore skillful techniques that can transform more challenging daily interactions into magical moments as a family engaged in spiritual practice.

This teaching is open for anyone with young or teen children in their lives—such as parents, grandparents, step-parents, aunts, uncles, teachers and caregivers. Parents with young babies are welcome to bring them. Childcare can be arranged–please RSVP for childcare to meet the needs.

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
May 9, 7 – 8:30pm: New Meditation Series
May 10, 7 – 9pm: Discovering Buddhism Module

Philadelphia area (Swarthmore)
Swarthmore Buddhadharma Group
Tara Practice
May 16, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Experience a simple, yet profound sadhana (daily spiritual practice) with visualization and mantra recitation involving the female manifestation of enlightened energy. Most suitable for those with some background in Buddhism, but open to all. By donation.

France (Paris)
Centre Kalachakra
Love, Attachment and Creating Healthy Relationships
May 27 and 28
“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.

UK Tour

Liverpool
Jamyang Liverpool

topic to be determined
June 3 (daylong)

Leeds
Jamyang Buddhist Centre
Choosing Kindness: Empathy and Empowerment in Challenging Times
June 4, 10:30am – 5:00pm
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 behaviour, obtain an array of material items and/or attain a certain status. Little by little, our kind heart becomes obscured by shields; 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 opening our heart and mind!

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? In this teaching, Ven. Amy will walk us through a path of fully waking up and being present with our pain, fear, aversion and how moving through these less than comfortable mind states is the key to transformation. Open to all levels.

Hull
Living an Authentic Life: Spirituality, Daily Practice and Making Life Meaningful
Contact: danny@fuelvenues.co.uk
June 5 (evening)
Bring more calm and joy to your life by developing a consistent meditation practice or enhancing an already existing one. 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 getting real and living a more authentic life. Open to all levels.

London
Jamyang Buddhist Centre
Choosing Kindness:  Empathy, Emptiness, and Empowerment in Challenging Times
June 6, 7:30 – 9:00pm
In this evening, Ven. Amy will walk us through a path of fully waking up and being present with our pain, fear, aversion and how moving through these less than comfortable mind states is the key to transformation. Open to all levels.

Salisbury
Jamyang Salisbury Study Group

topic to be determined
June 7 (evening)

Somerset (Yeovil)
Saraswati Buddhist Group
Choosing Kindness: Empathy, Emptiness, and Empowerment in Challenging Times
June 10 and 11, 10am – 4pm
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, our kind heart becomes obscured by shields; the natural authentic dynamic flow of who we really are gets blocked and twisted 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? In this program, Ven. Amy Miller will walk us through a path of fully waking up and being present with our pain, fear, aversion and how moving through these less than comfortable mind states is the key to transformation. Open to all levels.

Bath
Jamyang Bath Buddhist Group
Introduction to Tantra
June 14, 7 – 9pm
Learn what tantra is, how it works, and why it is a powerful form of practice and, if practiced properly, the swiftest path to enlightenment. Get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra and learn to practice simple Kriya tantric methods. Challenge the myths of tantra and learn to integrate tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results.

Greenhaugh, Hexham
Land of Joy
Retreat: Meditation, Mindfulness and Making Life Meaningful
June 16 – 19
The perfect retreat to bring more calm and joy to your life. Learn to develop a consistent meditation practice or enhance an already existing one. Discover resources within yourself that lend to a more mindful approach to daily living. Meditation instruction and practice will be offered along with techniques for de-stressing and inviting more gratitude and compassion into your heart. Open to all levels.

The retreat begins with supper on Friday and ends with lunch on Monday.

2018:

Nepal
Lawudo Gompa – Solu Khumbu (Mt. Everest Region)
Pilgrimage including Four-Day Retreat
October
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