Teaching Schedule 2019

New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Shantideva Meditation Center
A Variety of Programs and Meditations
Jan 2 and 3, 1 – 2pm: Lunchtime Meditations 
Enjoy lunch for your mind! Pause, center, refresh, and welcome the rest of the day with a more peaceful, happier mind.
7 – 9pm: Last session of Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems
In this module you will consider the disadvantages of self-cherishing and the advantages of cherishing others more than ourselves. Learn how to employ the special techniques of mind training, or lojong, as a means to transform problems into happiness and learn to like problems, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, “as much as ice cream.” Open to all levels although some background in Buddhism helpful.

Philadelphia area (Havertown)
The Philadelphia Meditation Center
Awakening the Warrior Within: Lojong and How It Inspires Everyday Enlightened Engagement
January 12, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Lojong or “mind training” is a profound part of Mahayana Buddhism that teaches us how to transform problems into opportunities for spiritual growth. Join this insightful workshop that can lend support to life’s greatest challenges. Discussion on the famous lojong prayer, The Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa and Master Atisha’s 59 slogans will be included as a blueprint for practicing the bodhisattva path along with tonglen meditation. Open to all levels although some Buddhist background is helpful. By donation.

South Florida
Thubten Kunga Ling (Deerfield Beach)
Meditation, Mindfulness and Making Life Meaningful
January 26, 10 am – 4 pm
Bring more calm and joy to your life with a consistent meditation practice and discover resources within you that lend to more mindful approaches to everyday living. This full-day workshop will offer meditation instruction and practice, along with insightful techniques for de-stressing and inviting more gratitude and compassion into your life. Join us as we explore these topics and discuss the importance and benefits of meditation, how mindfulness works, and what constitutes meaning in your life. Open to all levels.
Meditation
January 27, 10:15 – 10:45 am Open to all levels.
Tools for Happiness: How to Love without Attachment 
January 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 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.
Riding the Wave: Coping with Anxiety and Depression
January 28, 7 – 9 pm
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 workshop identifies afflictive states of mind (anger, attachment, pride, jealousy, depression, anxiety, fear, etc.) and explores a variety of healthy coping mechanisms that can help transform everyday challenges into a more realistic and peaceful experience. Open to all levels.

Namdrol Ling Study Group (Miami)
Life as Practice: Making Every Moment Count
January 30, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Our Dharma practice is a living thing that can be expressed in every aspect of our lives. Whether awakened or not, our own innate wisdom lies at the cutting edge of our present state of consciousness. Aren’t we actually more conscious than we often express in our daily living? So why is it that we choose to manifest anything other than our full potential? Due to choosing to live lesser lives than we could, we experience an inner dissatisfaction. Allow this very dissatisfaction to fuel a process of stepping out of the safety of our own confines as we begin to embrace a more conscious life. Open to all levels.
Dealing with Difficult People
January 31, 7:30 – 9:30 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.
Children’s class only: How to Develop the Good Heart: Mindful Body, Speech and Mind
February 1, 3 – 4:00 pm
Talk for children ages 8-12 on how to develop our good heart by being mindful of our actions of body, speech and mind and therefore bring happiness to ourselves and others.
Making Friends with Death
February 1, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
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.

Orlando Area
A Practical Guide to Finding Happiness
February 3, 10 -11 am
We all want to be happy and we all wish to avoid suffering. This program offers a clear roadmap of how to overcome suffering and find true happiness while providing participants with the tools necessary to undertake that journey. Practical exercises and meditations included.
Contact: Sonny Talwar at: stalwar787@aol.com

New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Shantideva Meditation Center
A Variety of Programs and Meditations
First session of Discovering Buddhism: Refuge Module via Skype
February 6, 7 – 9 pm
Sometimes noted as “the sacred door through which the teaching is entered,” Refuge holds a particular significance in Buddhism. This module explores the qualities of the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) and the essential meaning of Refuge along with the advantages of taking lay vows and their role in enhancing our spiritual growth. Open to all levels.
Weekend Program – Awakening the Warrior Within: Lojong and How It Inspires Everyday Enlightened Engagement 
February 8, 7 – 9 pm and February 9 and 10, 10 am – 4 pm
Lojong or “mind training” is a profound part of Mahayana Buddhism that teaches us how to transform problems into opportunities for spiritual growth. Join this insightful workshop that can lend support to life’s greatest challenges. Discussion on the famous lojong prayer, The Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa and Master Atisha’s 59 slogans will be included as a blueprint for practicing the bodhisattva path along with tonglen meditation. Open to all levels although some Buddhist background is helpful. By donation.

Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore Friends Meeting 
Swarthmore College
What’s Love Got to Do With It?: Attachment, Self-Compassion and the Essence of True Love
February 12, 7:30 – 9 pm
Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a look at the difference between love and attachment. Explore how the path of self-compassion can lead us to deeper understanding and practice of unconditional love. Open to all levels. Meditation practice included.

New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Shantideva Meditation Center
Day of Miracles: First Major Festival Day of the Tibetan Calendar
February 19
Lunchtime Meditation, 1 – 2 pm
Various Practices (Medicine Buddha Puja), 7 – 9 pm
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 special 24-hour vows in the morning, 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, but to join the pre-dawn Precepts, you must have taken Refuge in Buddhism or have some Buddhist background. Come join the events and make the most of this auspicious holiday!
 
Raleigh, North Carolina
Kadampa Center
Weekend Program – Awakening the Warrior Within: Lojong and How It Inspires Everyday Enlightened Engagement 
February 22, 7 – 9 pm
February 23, 10 am – 4 pm
February 24, 10 am – 4 pm
Lojong or “mind training” is a profound part of Mahayana Buddhism that teaches us how to transform problems into opportunities for spiritual growth. Join this insightful workshop that can lend support to life’s greatest challenges. Discussion on the famous lojong prayer, The Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa and Master Atisha’s 59 slogans will be included as a blueprint for practicing the bodhisattva path along with tonglen meditation. Open to all levels although some Buddhist background is helpful. By donation.
 
Paoli, Pennsylvania
A Practical and Experiential Approach to Lasting Happiness 
March 2, 1 – 2:30 pm
We all want to be happy and we all wish to avoid suffering. This program offers a clear roadmap of how to overcome suffering and find true happiness while providing participants with the tools necessary to undertake that journey. Practical exercises and meditations included.
 
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore Friends Meeting 
Swarthmore College
Awaking the Warrior Within: Lojong and How It Inspires Everyday Enlightened Engagement- Session 1
(While you will get more out of joining the entire 3-part series, it’s perfectly fine to attend 1 or 2 sessions)
March 5, 7:30 – 9 pm (see also April 9 and April 30)
Lojong or “mind training” is a profound part of Mahayana Buddhism that teaches us how to transform problems into opportunities for spiritual growth. Join this insightful workshop that can lend support to life’s greatest challenges. Discussion on the famous lojong prayer, The Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa and Master Atisha’s 59 slogans will be included as a blueprint for practicing the bodhisattva path along with tonglen meditation. Open to all levels although some Buddhist background is helpful.
 
New York (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Shantideva Meditation Center
A Variety of Programs and Meditations
Last session of Discovering Buddhism: Refuge Module and Refuge Ceremony
March 13, 7 – 9 pm (see February 6 above)
The concluding session of this wonderful module exploring the qualities and role of  the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha). Understand the essential meaning of Refuge and the advantages of taking Refuge Precepts and lay vows and their role in enhancing spiritual growth. Open to all levels.
Refuge Ceremony will be offered for those interested who have completed this module or have expressed an interest in taking Refuge Precepts and/or Lay Vows.
 
California
Tse Chen Ling (San Francisco)
Dealing with Difficult People
March 20, 7 – 9 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.
 
Life As Practice: Making Every Moment Count
March 21, 7 – 9 pm
Our Dharma practice is a living thing that can be expressed in every aspect of our lives. Whether awakened or not, our own innate wisdom lies at the cutting edge of our present state of consciousness.
Aren’t we actually more conscious than we often express in our daily living? So why is it that we choose to manifest anything other than our full potential? Due to choosing to live lesser lives than we could, we experience an inner dissatisfaction. Allow this very dissatisfaction to fuel a process of stepping out of the safety of our own confines as we begin to embrace a more conscious life. Open to all levels.
 

Vajrapani Institute (Boulder Creek)
Kopan West Retreat: A Practical and Experiential Approach to Lasting Happiness
March 23 – 30
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? Enjoy this comprehensive overview of the entire Buddhist path according to the Tibetan tradition and unlock the keys to creating more peace in your mind. This retreat will not only provide you with a clear roadmap of how to create healthier mental patterns and overcome negative mind states, but will also provide you with the tools necessary to undertake that journey. Based on the “Stages of the Path” (lamrim) of Tibetan Buddhism, this retreat includes lectures, guided meditations, discussion periods, and experiential homework assignments. Subjects covered include: the nature of mind, death and rebirth, karma, how to overcome suffering, mental quiescence, developing the good heart, the ultimate nature of reality (emptiness), guru devotion, and more. Beginners are welcome and encouraged, as well as more advanced students wanting to review the stages of the path in an experiential format. If Nepal is too far and too expensive for you to visit, join this unique retreat modeled after Kopan Monastery’s month-long November course.
Suggested reading

  • The Four Noble Truths, Geshe Tashi Tsering (Wisdom Publications) 
  • Path to Bliss by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Teachings on Je Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • How to Meditate, Kathleen McDonald (Wisdom Publications)
  • Buddhism in an Nutshell, Venerable Amy Miller (FPMT Education Dept)
The Real Deal: Authenticity and Loving Kindness and How They Inspire True Harmony
March 31, 6 – 8 pm
Is it possible to create a more harmonious planet? Many feel this is beyond our reach. What about starting with ourselves and our community? Small steps impact larger ones; we can learn to direct these small steps in new and tremendously positive ways. Join us for this special one night teaching with Venerable Amy Miller and explore how we can create the causes for harmony both in our personal lives and the world around us. Open to all levels.
 
Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore Friends Meeting 
Swarthmore College
Awaking the Warrior Within: Lojong and How It Inspires Everyday Enlightened Engagement – Session 2
(While you will get more out of joining the entire 3-part series, it’s perfectly fine to attend 1 or 2 sessions)
April 9, 7:30 – 9 pm (see also March 5 and April 30)
Lojong or “mind training” is a profound part of Mahayana Buddhism that teaches us how to transform problems into opportunities for spiritual growth. Join this insightful workshop that can lend support to life’s greatest challenges. Discussion on the famous lojong prayer, The Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa and Master Atisha’s 59 slogans will be included as a blueprint for practicing the bodhisattva path along with tonglen meditation. Open to all levels although some Buddhist background is helpful.
 

Doylestown, PA
Unity Barn
Meditation, Mindfulness, and Making Life Meaningful
April 27, 11 am – 4 pm (with a 1 hour break for lunch)
Bring more calm and joy to your life with a consistent meditation practice and discover resources within you that lend to more mindful approaches to everyday living. This full-day workshop will offer meditation instruction and practice, along with insightful techniques for de-stressing and inviting more gratitude and compassion into your life. Join us as we explore these topics and discuss the importance and benefits of meditation, how mindfulness works, and what constitutes meaning in your life. Open to all levels.

Swarthmore, PA
Swarthmore Friends Meeting 
Swarthmore College
Awaking the Warrior Within: Lojong and How It Inspires Everyday Enlightened Engagement – Session 3
(While you will get more out of joining the entire 3-part series, it’s perfectly fine to attend 1 or 2 sessions)
April 30, 7:30 – 9 pm  (see also March 5 and April 9)
Lojong or “mind training” is a profound part of Mahayana Buddhism that teaches us how to transform problems into opportunities for spiritual growth. Join this insightful workshop that can lend support to life’s greatest challenges. Discussion on the famous lojong prayer, The Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa and Master Atisha’s 59 slogans will be included as a blueprint for practicing the bodhisattva path along with tonglen meditation. Open to all levels although some Buddhist background is helpful.
 
On Retreat (Hopefully!)
May 10 – June 17
 
Doylestown, PA
Unity Barn
What Goes Around, Comes Around: How Karma Works
July 13, 11 am – 4 pm (with a 1 hour break for lunch)
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.
 
August 25, 9:30 am – NOON
Awakening the Warrior Within: Lojong and How It Inspires Everyday Enlightened Engagement
Lojong or “mind training” is a profound part of Mahayana Buddhism that teaches us how to transform problems into opportunities for spiritual growth. Join this insightful workshop that can lend support to life’s greatest challenges. Discussion on the famous lojong prayer, The Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa will be included along with some verses of Mind Training Slogans from Master Atisha.
Open to all levels although some Buddhist background is helpful. By donation.
 
Vermont Area
Milarepa Center
Milarepa Tsog Offering
Sept. 24, 7 – 8:30 pm
 
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier Library
Dealing With Difficult People
Sept. 25, 6 – 7:30 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 transform a negative experience into a more positive one. Meditation and practical exercises included. Open to all levels. By donation.
 
Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury
What Goes Around, Comes Around: How Karma Works
Sept. 26, 6 – 8 pm
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.
 
Weekend Retreat at Milarepa Center
Kopan East Retreat: A Practical and Experiential Approach to Lasting Happiness
Sept. 27 – 29  Friday evening, 7 pm to Sunday lunch, 1 pm
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? Enjoy this comprehensive overview of the entire Buddhist path according to the Tibetan tradition and unlock the keys to creating more peace in your mind. This retreat will not only provide you with a clear roadmap of how to create healthier mental patterns and overcome negative mind states, but will also provide you with the tools necessary to undertake that journey. Based on the “Stages of the Path” (lamrim) of Tibetan Buddhism, this retreat includes lectures, guided meditations, discussion periods, and experiential homework assignments. Subjects covered include: the nature of mind, death and rebirth, karma, how to overcome suffering, mental quiescence, developing the good heart, the ultimate nature of reality (emptiness), guru devotion, and more. Beginners are welcome and encouraged, as well as more advanced students wanting to review the stages of the path in an experiential format. If Nepal is too far and too expensive for you to visit, join this unique retreat modeled after Kopan Monastery’s month-long November course.

Suggested reading

  • The Four Noble Truths, Geshe Tashi Tsering (Wisdom Publications) 
  • Path to Bliss by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Teachings on Je Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • How to Meditate, Kathleen McDonald (Wisdom Publications)
  • Buddhism in an Nutshell, Venerable Amy Miller (FPMT Education Dept)
Williamsville
Topic TBD
Sept. 29,  4 – 6 pm TBD with potluck supper
Contact garyskeiser@gmail.com for more information.
 
Grafton
Generosity
Oct. 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Contact Sally at: swarl@vermontel.net for more information.
 
Greenfield Community College
Choosing Kindness: Empathy, Authenticity, and Empowerment in Challenging Times.
October 2, 12 – 2 pm.
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.
 
New York Area
Shantideva Meditation Center at Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York
The Path to Joy (Fifth Annual Meditation Retreat)
Oct.  4 – 6
A variety of guided meditation sessions to include shiné (calm abiding), the nature of mind, death and dying, developing the good heart, emptiness, and other topics on the path to enlightenment. Help kick-start 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. Click HERE for detailed information and registration.
 
Paoli, Pennsylvania
Pure Energy Studio
Imaging the Positive: Compassionate Wisdom in Everyday Life
Oct. 12, 1 – 2:30

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.

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