Teaching Schedule 2018

New York Area
Shantideva Meditation Center
Nyung Né Purification Retreat
January 12, 7pm – January 15, 11am
Menla Retreat Center, Phoenicia, NY
Details to follow

South Florida (Miami and Deerfield Beach)
Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
Buddhism in a Nutshell (Session 3)
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)
January 30, 7 – 9pm
program to be announced

Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
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.

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

Kadampa Center
Choosing Kindness: Empathy, Emptiness, and Empowerment in Challenging Times
February 9: 7 – 8:30pm
February 10: 10am – 4pm
February 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, we will explore 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.

For more details please click HERE

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.

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

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