Teaching Schedule 2024

USA
California
Vajrapani Institute (Boulder Creek) – (in-person only)
February 24, evening – March 2, lunch  
Lam Rim Retreat – Kopan West: An Introduction to the Path to Enlightenment and How to Establish a Rich Consistent Practice
While Kopan Monastery in Nepal may be too far for you to reach, enjoy our beautiful redwood setting for this Kopan-style meditation course and retreat.
The week-long program will provide a concise yet comprehensive overview of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, practice, and meditation. During this course, Venerable Amy will explore the stages of the path to enlightenment (Lam Rim), and give practical instruction to help you apply this ancient wisdom to increase peace, happiness, and compassion in your daily life. This retreat includes teachings, practical exercises, discussion groups, and meditation. Meditation practices will include periods of concentration meditation, visualizations, and analytical meditation on specific topics to open our hearts and minds.

India (Dharamsala) – online only
Alliance of Non Himalayan Nuns
March 20, 9:45 – 10:30am (US East Coast time)
The Path to Joy: Challenges of Living as a Western Nun

Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Maitreya Institute
Three Evenings – Lojong (Mind Training): How Its Application Can Help Us Prepare for Death with Confidence and Compassion
All times are Northern European time
March 26, 7:00 – 8:30pm (online only)
April 16, 7:00 – 8:30pm (online only)
May 28, 7:00 – 9:00pm (in-person and online)
While we generally think of death as an anxiety-producing experience of grief and loss, it can also be a positively transformative opportunity if we have trained our minds. Lojong (mind training in Tibetan) is a profound practice with which practitioners engage in meditation and daily life applications to reshape thought patterns. This approach views challenges as opportunities for growth, guiding practitioners towards a compassionate outlook and a resilient mindset. In essence, lojong offers a concise yet powerful path to inner peace and spiritual development.
Exploring the profound lojong text, ‘Turning Suffering and Happiness into Enlightenment’ by Jikme Tenpe Nyime, the Third Drodupchen Rinpoche, Venerable Amy will help us prepare for this important time of transition and teach us how we can train our minds for a more peaceful and happy death. She will also help us understand what happens at the time of death, how we can incorporate emptiness and other spiritual teachings into our daily training, how mantras and prayers can be helpful, and how to help others who are passing away. Open to all levels although some background in Buddhism helpful.

USA
Shantideva Center (New York) – online only
March 21, 7:00 – 8:30pm Eastern US time
De-Stressing and Rebalancing: Tara Practice as a Means to Overcome Obstacles (Hybrid)
Join this insightful 2-session practicum on how to unpack a variety of Tara practices and meditation and realistically incorporate them into your life.

March 28, 7:00 – 8:30pm Eastern US time
De-Stressing and Rebalancing: Tara Practice as a Means to Overcome Obstacles (Hybrid)
Join this insightful 2-session practicum on how to unpack a variety of Tara practices and meditation and realistically incorporate them into your life.

Kadampa Center (Raleigh, North Carolina) (in-person and online)
April 5, 7:00 – 9:00pm – all times are Eastern US time
April 6, 10am – 4pm
“April 7, 1:30 – 4pm 
Preparing for Death with Confidence and Compassion
While we generally think of death as an anxiety-producing experience of loss, it can also be a time of great opportunity if we have trained our minds. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has commented that it is possible to die with joy, without fear, and without regret. In this series, Venerable Amy will help us prepare for this important time of transition and teach us how we can train our minds for a more peaceful and happy death. She will also help us understand what happens at the time of death, how we can utilize thought transformation (lojong) and other techniques, how mantras and prayers can be helpful, and how to help others who are passing away. Open to all levels of students with a particular interest in death and dying, hospice work, and all caregiving.

April 7, 10:30am – 12noon Eastern US time
Another World is Possible

As we emerge from the global Covid experience, the path may seem littered with confusion, violence, and alienation. Rather than grow dismayed by external experiences that show cruelty and heartlessness, how can we use our vulnerability to effectively channel this energy into more supportive practice?
This talk explores a path of inner transformation by being present with our pain, fear, and aversion and incorporates mindfulness, lojong (mind training), and self-compassion exercises to help us move through these less-than-comfortable states. By opening our hearts in kindness to ourselves, the potential exists for our external reality to shift more beneficially as well.

Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Maitreya Institute
Second Evening of 3-Part Series – Lojong (Mind Training): How Its Application Can Help Us Prepare for Death with Confidence and Compassion
All times are Northern European time

April 16, 7:00 – 8:30pm (online only) (see description above at March 26)

Thubten Kunga Ling  (Deerfield Beach – Boca Raton, Florida) (in-person and online)
April 23, 25, 30 and May 2, 7:00 – 8:30pm Eastern US time
Don’t Give Up! How to Keep Our Hearts Open in the Face of Adversity
“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 especially when immersed in a divisive environment? This class presents the two main methods for developing bodhicitta, the enlightened attitude, and introduces meditations on tonglen and equanimity to begin the process of fully opening our hearts and minds. Open to all levels.

April 27 – 28, 11am – 1pm and 2:30 – 4:30pm Eastern US time 
Weekend Retreat: Another World is Possible
As we emerge from the global Covid experience, the path may seem littered with confusion, violence, and alienation. Rather than grow dismayed by external experiences that show cruelty and heartlessness, how can we use our vulnerability to effectively channel this energy into more supportive practice?
This program explores a path of inner transformation by being present with our pain, fear, and aversion and incorporates mindfulness, lojong (mind training), emptiness, and self-compassion exercises to help us move through these less-than-comfortable states. By opening our hearts in kindness to ourselves, the potential exists for our external reality to shift more beneficially as well.

Maris Grove (Philadelphia Area, Pennsylvania)
May 8, 7:00 – 8:30pm Eastern US time
Choosing Kindness: Empathy and Empowerment in Challenging Times

As we emerge from the global Covid experience, the path may seem littered with confusion, violence, and alienation. Rather than grow dismayed by external experiences that show cruelty and heartlessness, how can we use our vulnerability to effectively channel this energy into a kinder more supportive experience? This talk explores a path of inner transformation by being present with our pain, fear, and aversion and incorporates mindfulness and self-compassion exercises to help us move through these less-than-comfortable states. By opening our hearts in kindness to ourselves, the potential exists for our external reality to shift more beneficially as well. Open to all levels.

Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Maitreya Institute in-person and online
All times are Northern European time
May 10, 7:00 – 8:30pm
May 11, 10am – 6:30pm (with breaks and lunch)
“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, bodhicitta, especially when immersed in a divisive environment? While class time offers us information on how to develop this enlightened attitude, we often don’t take the time to engage in deeper meditation on the subject. This retreat will move us through these deeper meditations to help us truly shift the self-cherishing experience to one of bodhicitta.
Retreat and more immersive meditation time is an essential component of our practice. It allows us to move past a superficial understanding of various topics of Buddhist philosophy to a more transformative experience for both our hearts and minds. There will of course be time to ask questions to Ven. Amy.
The retreat is beneficial for all levels of practitioners. It is however helpful to have some background in Buddhism for this particular topic.
 
France (Paris)
Centre Kalachakra 
May 16, 7:00 – 9:00pm Northern European time 
Public Talk: “Un autre monde est possible” (Is Another World?)

As we emerge from the global Covid experience, the path may seem littered with confusion, violence, and alienation. Rather than grow dismayed by external experiences that show cruelty and heartlessness, how can we use our vulnerability to effectively channel this energy into more supportive practice? This program explores a path of inner transformation by being present with our pain, fear, and aversion and incorporates mindfulness, lojong (mind training), emptiness, and self-compassion exercises to help us move through these less-than-comfortable states. By opening our hearts in kindness to ourselves, the potential exists for our external reality to shift more beneficially as well. The public talk will present an introduction and brief overview of the theme, while the retreat weekend will offer a more in-depth experience. Open to all levels.

May 17, evening – May 20, 11am 
Retreat – Centre de retraite de Saint Cosme en Vairais

As we emerge from the global Covid experience, the path may seem littered with confusion, violence, and alienation. Rather than grow dismayed by external experiences that show cruelty and heartlessness, how can we use our vulnerability to effectively channel this energy into more supportive practice?
This program explores a path of inner transformation by being present with our pain, fear, and aversion and incorporates mindfulness, lojong (mind training), emptiness, and self-compassion exercises to help us move through these less-than-comfortable states. By opening our hearts in kindness to ourselves, the potential exists for our external reality to shift more beneficially as well.
The public talk will present an introduction and brief overview of the theme, while the retreat weekend will offer a more in-depth experience. Open to all levels.”

Netherlands (Amsterdam)
Maitreya Institute (in-person and online)
Third Evening of 3-Part Series – Lojong (Mind Training): How Its Application Can Help Us Prepare for Death with Confidence and Compassion
All times are Northern European time
May 28, 7:00 – 9:00pm Northern European time  (see description above at March 26)
 
(in-person and online)
May 31, 7:00 – 8:30pm (online only)
June 1, 10am – 6:30pm (in-person and online)
June 2, 10:00am – 4:00pm (in-person and online)
When things are not going well, have you noticed how concretely you are holding the experience or solidifying a certain person as harmful or ‘other’? Do you then create a story about what is happening and ruminate about it repeatedly? What if these situations could be reframed in a more spacious and accurate dimension? Explore the profound Buddhist topic of emptiness, a lack of inherent nature, and begin to dismantle the web of mistaken perceptions that keeps us stuck in our harmful habits and hinders us from living a more satisfied life.
Retreat and more immersive meditation time is an essential component of our practice. It allows us to move past a superficial understanding of that mindset to a more transformative experience for both our hearts and minds. There will be time to ask questions.
The retreat is beneficial for all levels of practitioners. It is however helpful to have some background in Buddhism for this particular topic.

United Kingdom
Jamyang (London) (in-person and online)
June 4 (6:30 – 8:00pm UK Time) Meditation, Mindfulness, and Making Life Meaningful
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 newcomers to meditation as well as experienced students wanting to enhance an already-existing practice.

June 11 (6:30 – 8:00pm UK Time) Quieting the Mind: Shamatha Meditation and Its Place on the Spiritual Path
This class introduces Calm Abiding (Shamatha) meditation and explores its role in our spiritual evolution. For beginner or advanced practitioners, Shamatha helps us gain more control over our distracted minds and, once attained, is the key to our developing the correct view of reality. Appropriate for all levels.

Late June through October retreat at Lawudo in Nepal – Ven. Amy will be offline

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