Teaching Schedule 2018

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center

Discovering Buddhism Module 4: The Spiritual Teacher Half-Day Retreat
January 7, 1 – 5pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
A rare opportunity to practice and integrate the teachings and instructions from the Spiritual Teacher module of Discovering Buddhism (DB), this retreat is also open to those with a sincere interest in this topic who have some foundation of practice. Based on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Daily Meditation Practice on Shakyamuni Buddha, it will lead participants through a series of meditations and enable them to strengthen their daily meditation practice while developing their aspiration to be guided on the path.

Meditation Facilitators Training
January 8, 7 – 9pm 
location to be announced

New Meditation Series: Vajrasattva Purification Practice
January 9, 7 – 8:30pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
If you have messed up in life in general and would like to find an effective way to purify, this is the practice for you!

This series offers guided visualizations on the positive qualities we can develop in ourselves: complete freedom from negative habits, the unlimited ability to help all others, enlightened energy, and infinite love and compassion. Deity visualizations along with mantra recitation are a very powerful technique enabling us to connect with our highest potential. Each session will focus on an inspiring quality of the enlightened mind manifesting as an enlightened being.

This series incorporates advice and practices to build into one’s own meditation practice, as well as suggestions about how to enhance these practices in our daily lives. The series is geared toward people who already have some experience of Buddhism and meditation, but it is also completely accessible to beginners.

Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth Module
(Ven. Amy will lead 3 of the sessions on Jan. 10, 24, and Feb. 21 and lead a retreat day on a date to be determined)
January 10, 7 – 9pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
Explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. This module gives both a traditional Tibetan Buddhist explanation of the death process along with a more practical approach for getting ourselves ready for this ultimate transition. So helpful to lessen our fear around death and dying and can positively motivate ourselves for a more meaningful life now.

This 6-session course is perfectly appropriate for newcomers to Buddhism, as well as caregivers, hospice workers, and anyone interested in how to prepare for their own deaths and help others transition peacefully.

New York Area Special Retreat
Shantideva Meditation Center
Nyung Né Purification Retreat
January 12, 7pm – January 15, 11am
Menla Retreat Center, Phoenicia, NY
Preregistration required. See Shantideva website above for details.

Philadelphia area (Swarthmore)
Swarthmore Buddhadharma Group
The Places that Scare You
January 16, 7:30 – 9:00pm (see also February 20)
Friends Meeting Hall, Swarthmore College Campus
Highlights and explanation from Chapters 3 and 5 of Ven. Pema Chodron’s famous book, The Places that Scare You. By donation.

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center

Meditation Series Continued: Shakyamuni Buddha Practice (see January 9 above)
January 23, 7 – 8:30pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
A wonderful fundamental meditation practice involving a visualization of the Buddha along with mantra (sacred saying) recitation. Extremely effective for undoing low self-esteem issues and negative mind states.

This series offers guided visualizations on the positive qualities we can develop in ourselves: complete freedom from negative habits, the unlimited ability to help all others, enlightened energy, and infinite love and compassion. Deity visualizations along with mantra recitation are a very powerful technique enabling us to connect with our highest potential. Each session will focus on an inspiring quality of the enlightened mind manifesting as an enlightened being.

Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth Module
(see January 10 above)
January 24, 7 – 9pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
The second class exploring the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. 

This 6-session course is perfectly appropriate for newcomers to Buddhism, as well as caregivers, hospice workers, and anyone interested in how to prepare for their own deaths and help others transition peacefully.

South Florida (Miami and Deerfield Beach)
Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
Buddhism in a Nutshell (Session 3)
(open to all even if you missed the first two sessions)
January 29, 7:30 – 9:30pm

  • Motivation and Guided Meditation: Relaxing and scanning the body.
  • Introduction to Lama Tsongkhapa and his text The Foundation of All Good Qualities, the three principal aspects of the path, and the three scopes.
  • An explanation of verses 1–4 of The Foundation of All Good Qualities:
  • Verse 1: Explanation of the role of the spiritual teacher in Buddhist practice.
  • Verse 2: Discussion of precious human rebirth, the concept of rebirth in Buddhism, and what it means to “take the essence” of this human life.
  • Verses 3 and 4: The importance of a constant awareness of death and impermanence. Review of refuge and karma and the four aspects of karma. Review of the ethical guidelines of body, speech and mind and the importance of mindfulness of our motivations and actions.

Tubten Kunga Center (Deerfield Beach)
Riding the Wave: Empathy, Emptiness and Empowerment in Vulnerable Times
January 30, 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. 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 evening program and venture into a path of waking up and being more present. Open to all levels.

Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
Children’s Program
January 31, daytime, times to be announced

Buddhism in a Nutshell (Session 4)
January 31, 7:30 – 9:30pm 

  • Motivation and Guided Meditation: Counting the Breath.
  • An explanation of verses 5–8 of The Foundation of All Good Qualities:
  • Verse 5: Explanation of renunciation including practicing renunciation in daily life.
  • Verse 6: Overview of the higher trainings of ethics, concentration, and wisdom.
  • Verses 7 and 8: Explanation of bodhichitta. Methods for developing bodhichitta and overview of bodhisattva vows. Discussion of the concept of thought training as a core Mahayana practice.
  • Guided Meditation: Mind as Knower.

Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
Buddhism in a  Nutshell (Session 5)
February 1, 7:30 – 9:30pm

  • Motivation and Guided Meditation: Relaxing and scanning the body.
  • Review of bodhichitta and the six perfections. Summary of the five paths.
  • An explanation of verses 9–14 of The Foundation of All Good Qualities:
  • Verse 9: Discussion of calm abiding and emptiness and its place in Buddhist philosophy and practice.
  • Verses 10–12: Brief explanation of tantra and its role in Mahayana Buddhist practice.
  • Verses 13–14: Final two verses, the dedication.
  • Guided Meditation: Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha.
  • Conclusion and Final dedication for the class.

Special South Florida Retreat
Quieting the Mind: First Annual Meditation Retreat in Florida at Casa San Carlos, Delray Beach
hosted by Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
February 2 – 4

Are you curious about meditation or are wanting to establish a consistent meditation practice? Join this delightful and practical retreat that will explore a variety of guided meditations such as shiné (calm abiding), the nature of mind, death and impermanence, developing the good heart, the nature of reality (emptiness), and other topics on the path to awakening.  Some background in Buddhism is great, but not necessary.

For more details on the retreat and registration please click HERE

Orlando, Florida
Meditation, Mindfulness and Making Life Meaningful
February 6, 7 – 8:30pm
Contact: Sonny Talwar at stalwar787@aol.com

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. Open to all levels.

Raleigh, North Carolina
Kadampa Center
Making Friends with Death: Finding Peace and Perspective in this Ultimate Transition
February 9: 7 – 8:30pm
February 10: 10am – 4pm
followed by Lama Chopa Tsog, 4:30 – 6pm
February 11: 10am – 4pm

For most of our culture, death often presents an anxious situation ridden with fear, loss, hopelessness and grief. In this weekend workshop, we will explore a more expansive view of this natural transition and how it is possible to face death with peace, dignity and no regrets. The weekend will include discussion and meditation, as well as practical applications for caregivers. This course is open to all levels of students with a particular interest in death and dying, hospice work, and all caregivers.

For more details please click HERE

Philadelphia area (Swarthmore)
Swarthmore Buddhadharma Group
The Places that Scare You
February 20, 7:30 – 9:00pm (see also January 16)
Friends Meeting Hall, Swarthmore College Campus
An in-depth explanation of Ven. Pema Chodron’s famous book, The Places that Scare You. By donation.

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center

Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth
(see January 10 above)
February 21, 7 – 9pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
Review and Questions and Answers

Meditation Facilitator Training
February 22, 7 – 9pm
location to be determined

Celebration of Day or Miracles
(First Major Festival Day of the Tibetan Calendar
and Auspicious Time to Practice)
February 28, 7 – 9pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway
events to be announced

Philadelphia area (Swarthmore)
Swarthmore Buddhadharma Group
Buddhism in a Nutshell: 4-Part Series
A Great Overview of the Tibetan Buddhist Path
March 13 and 20, 7:30 – 9:00pm (see also April 10 and 17)
Friends Meeting Hall, Swarthmore College Campus

The perfect overview of Tibetan Buddhism based on the book, Buddhism in a Nutshell, co-authored by Ven. Amy and the 11-hour audio course of the same name. Details on how to get a copy of the paperback, ebook or mp3 audio to download, see the homepage of this website. You are welcome to attend any sessions, but you will get much more out of the entire course. By donation.

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center
Discovering Buddhism: All About Karma

March 28, 7 – 9pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway

Philadelphia area (Swarthmore)
Swarthmore Buddhadharma Group
Buddhism in a Nutshell: 4-Part Series
A Great Overview of the Tibetan Buddhist Path
April 10 and 17, 7:30 – 9:00pm (see also March 13 and 20)
Friends Meeting Hall, Swarthmore College Campus

The perfect overview of Tibetan Buddhism based on the book, Buddhism in a Nutshell, co-authored by Ven. Amy, and her 11-hour audio course of the same name. For details on how to get a copy of the paperback, ebook or mp3 audio to download, see the homepage of this website. You are welcome to attend any sessions, but you will get much more out of the entire course. By donation.

New York
Shantideva Meditation Center
Discovering Buddhism: All About Karma

April 25, 7 – 9pm
Jewel Heart, 260 W. Broadway

New York Area
Shantideva Meditation Center
Fourth Annual Meditation Retreat
at Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York
April 27 – 29

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 retreats included, “Totally life inspiring” and “The best thing I chose to do this year.” Some background in Buddhism a great help, but not necessary.

France (Paris)
Centre Kalachakra
June 6, 7 – 9pm, topic to be announced
Vajrasattva Purification Retreat
June 9 and 10

If you have messed up in life in general and would like to find an effective way to purify, this is the practice for you!

Retreat sessions will involve periods of guided visualization along with mantra (sacred saying) recitation involving an aspect of the enlightened mind that helps us to purify. Deity visualizations along with mantra recitation are a very powerful technique enabling us to connect with our highest potential. Open to all levels.

Nepal
Lawudo Gompa – Solu Khumbu (Mt. Everest Region)
Pilgrimage including Four-Day Retreat
October 5 – 22

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