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)
Riding the Wave: Coping with Anxiety and Depression
January 25, 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.
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.

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.
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
February 3
Times and topic TBA
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 – 9pm
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, 10am – 4pm
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. 
Day of Miracles: First Major Festival Day of the Tibetan Calendar
February 19
The Eight Mahayana Precepts*, 5:30am
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 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!
*The Eight Mahayana Precepts are 24-hour vows that are especially powerful to take on merit-multiplying days such as the special holiday of the Day of Miracles. These vows include refraining from killing, stealing, lying, sexual activity, intoxicants, singing and dancing with attachment, wearing of ornaments, and sitting on large, high or expensive thrones. Those on Precepts also eat one meal during the day that is finished by noon and do not eat garlic, onion, radish, meat or egg. Must have taken Refuge in Buddhism to take these vows or have a good background in Buddhism to join.

Raleigh, North Carolina
Kadampa Center
Weekend Program – Awakening the Warrior Within: Lojong and How It Inspires Everyday Enlightened Engagement 
February 22, 7 – 9pm
February 23, 10am – 4pm
February 24, 1 am – 4pm
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.
 
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 – 9pm (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.
Lunchtime Meditation
March 14,  1 – 2pm:
Enjoy lunch for your mind! Pause, center, refresh, and welcome the rest of the day with a more peaceful, happier mind.

Tara Puja (Ritual) – Four Mandala Offerings to Cittamani Tara
March 14, 7 – 9pm
Tara Puja is a great way to clear out obstacles to work, relationships and general disharmony in your life. Open to all levels of practitioners, this tantric ritual is a lively practice incorporating both English and Tibetan chanting.

 
 
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.

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)

Black Mountain, North Carolina (on retreat)
Light of the Path Retreat
May 5 – 30

New York Area
Shantideva Meditation Center at Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York
Fifth Annual Meditation Retreat
Sept 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.

 

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