Teacher: Leigh Brasington Topic: Jhānas, Satipatthana and Dependent Origination Place: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, Mass. Photos
Eating Disorders, Self-Compassion, and Your Body–What’s it All About? With author Ann Saffi BiasettiWednesday, September 26, 2018 | 12:00–1:00 pm | Saratoga Springs Public Library | Saratoga Springs, NY
Local Psychotherapist and Yoga Therapist, Ann Saffi Biasetti will discuss the release of her new book, Befriending Your Body: A Self-Compassionate Approach to Freeing Yourself from Disordered Eating. She will elaborate on eating disorders, their development and current treatments along with why we need to move beyond behavioral recovery and into more psycho-spiritual approaches such as self-compassion and the role of the body in treatment. Books will be available for purchasing and signing following the presentation. No registration required.
Ringu Tulku will speak at Bokar Thubten Ling. This will be the first Kagyu Monlam in Spanish.
Way of the Bodhisattva: Anyen Rinpoche will present the Bodhisattva Path based on the profound teachings of The Way of the Bodhisattva, using the commentary written by the renowned scholar Khenpo Shenga. It was said that Patrul Rinpoche received the commentary on The Way of the Bodhisattva more than 30 times in his lifetime; and Anyen Rinpoche has requested that all of his students study this text at least once a year. Whether you are a beginning or a long-term...
Experiential Anatomy for yoga teachers and serious students is unlike most anatomy classes. We do not start with learning lists of anatomical facts; instead we start with what you already know: asana practice. From asana, we extrapolate the anatomical and kinesiological priciples that you have experienced in your body. We just give names to what you already have felt and “know in your bones”. This 25-hour course is all about practical knowledge. We focus on learning what helps us practice...
His Holiness will give four days of teachings and continue last year’s topic on Chandrakirti’s Entering the Middle Way (uma jukpa) at the request of the Taiwanese.
Anne Klein will deliver a lecture titled “The Sunlit Sky: Longchenpa’s Open Secret” at 7:00 p.m. on October 4, 2018 at Naropa’s Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Colorado. This lecture is part of an ongoing Buddhist Studies Lecture Series, a collaboration between Naropa University and the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Anne Klein will be staying the weekend to participate in the Lotsawa Translation Workshop, October 5–8th at CU Boulder, made possible with...
In the Dechen Gyalmo drupcho, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and MSB members practice the dakini sadhana from the Longchen Nyingthik tradition. The focus of these practice intensives is on accumulating 100,000 tsok offering prayers. The merit, or positive intention and action, of the drupcho is dedicated to world peace, the longevity of masters who are teaching in the world, greater compassion towards all beings, genuine spiritual progress on the path, and harmony both within the sangha and the larger community of...
Do our identities divide or unite us? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares on why she has spent more than four decades training her mind to see past markers of identity—nationality, gender, sexuality, culture, and so on—to focus on our common human identity as the foundation for universal love and compassion.
This retreat will emphasize the application of the Jhanas (Meditative Absorptions) in a regular sitting practice and is suitable only for experienced meditators with prior retreat experience. The Jhanas are a method of one-pointed concentration taught in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition. The retreat will focus on the teaching of this technique and the application of the jhanas for enhancing insight practice. The retreat will be held in Noble Silence with sitting and walking meditation and personal interviews. Prerequist: A regular sitting...
In the mornings of October 12 and 13, His Holiness will give teachings on Geshe Chekawa’s Training the Mind in Seven Points (lojong dondunma). In the morning of October 14, His Holiness will confer a long life empowerment (tsewang). The teachings are organized by Von Ngari Monastery, Manali at Himvalley Amusement & Cultural Park, Bahang (Manali).
What leads a college-educated, American woman to forsake career and family to join a traditional, patriarchal religious order as a Buddhist nun? Venerable Thubten Chodron, one of the first generation of Western Buddhist nuns, shares her journey and tells how living in the East and West have shaped her understanding of gender roles, culture, and what it means to be free and empowered.
Step by Step: Balancing, Reframing, Opening, and Letting Go Retreat with Richard Freeman & Mary TaylorOctober 14–24, 2018 | Samahita Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand
For Ashtanga practitioners, sometimes the most difficult—if not dreaded—part of the practice is sitting still. Yet taking time to cultivate finishing postures, pranayama forms, as well as meditation practice can enliven and bring a whole new depth to our daily asana practice. In this 10-day retreat, we will focus on the balancing combination of asana, meditation, and breathing practices. Each day we will sit, practice Mysore style, chant, explore postures in depth in guided sessions, and work with the philosophical...
Phakchok Rinpoche will be giving a talk and signing copies of his new book, Radically Happy.
Erric Solomon and Phakchok Rinpoche will be giving a talk and signing copies of their new book, Radically Happy. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Boulder Book Store at the event.
Meditation functions as the core practice and direct expression of the foundational teachings of the major Buddhist traditions. This silent retreat will be an opportunity for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, mental health professionals and interested individuals to engage in intense and extended meditation practice in the Soto Zen and the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Experience with meditation practice is not necessary. Individual and group instructions will be available. People from all meditative backgrounds – experienced or with little or no experience- are welcome....
Join authors Erric Solomon and Phakchok Rinpoche as they talk about their new book, Radically Happy.
Register: Will open for registration on 5/23/2018 Prerequisite: Completion of two silent 5–7 night residential retreats and five years of meditation practice. Loving Awareness: practiced as mindfulness and metta is the gateway to liberation. During this meditation retreat, as experienced practitioners, we will join together to quiet the mind, open the heart and see our human life with the eyes of wisdom. This is a new retreat form which will alternate sitting, walking, guided meditations and frequent periods of dialogue,...
Teacher: Leigh Brasington Topic: Jhānas and Insight Dates: 31 Oct – 9 Nov 2018 Place: Galilee Episcopal Camp and Retreat Center, on the shore of Lake Tahoe, 1776 Hwy 50, Glenbrook, NV Sponsor: Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation Community The jhanas are eight progressive altered states of consciousness that can be identified with the aspect of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path called right concentration. Training in concentration leads to these states, each of which yields a deeper and subtler state of awareness than the previous one. The jhanas are not...
Join authors Erric Solomon and Phakchok Rinpoche as they talk about their new book, Radically Happy. This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating available on a first come, first served basis.
We’ll look at the philosophies of Hegel, Dewey, and Dogen Zenji and the aesthetic that is generated by each philosophy. In each of these philosophies, aesthetics is a way of practice.
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse will bestow teachings during Dzongsar Monlam.
There are three important aspects of meditation: mindful attention, open awareness and loving kindness. By practicing these, we can let go of negative mental patterns and expand our heart and mind, bringing about joy, peace, and inner freedom. Anam Thubten will teach and guide participants in developing these aspects of meditation and share Buddhist wisdom on working with our thoughts and emotions. Schedule: Friday November 9 7–9 p.m. Talk Saturday November 10 9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Opening and Meditation 10:15–10:30 Break...
Erric Solomon and Phakchok Rinpoche will give a talk on becoming free from the imprisonment of habitual action as part of Rubin’s series on Karma, followed by a signing of their new book, Radically Happy. Books will be available for sale as an addition to the ticket price.
Green Tara Empowerment & Retreat in Canada Tara, the Mother of all Buddhas, called the Swift Liberator, vowed to work for the benefit of sentient beings in female form until the end of samsara. Each of the 21 major forms of Tara offers a feminine attribute of ultimate benefit to all who ask for her assistance. She offers protection from fear and the obstacles of daily life both large and small. Tara has also been said to be born from...
Alxe Noden and Martin Hakubai Mosko will be teaching an introductory course on Zen design.
Way of the Bodhisattva: Anyen Rinpoche will present the Bodhisattva Path based on the profound teachings of The Way of the Bodhisattva, using the commentary written by the renowned scholar Khenpo Shenga. It was said that Patrul Rinpoche received the commentary on The Way of the Bodhisattva more than 30 times in his lifetime, and Anyen Rinpoche has requested that all of his students study this text at least once a year. Whether you are a beginner or a long-term...
Siddhartha was born as an Indian prince, but he wasn’t born enlightened. It’s tempting to deify him; to say a god walked amongst us, but that would go against everything he taught us. The moment Prince Siddhartha encountered suffering, he dedicated his life to find a way out of it, for himself and everyone else. He renounced all material belongings, suffered adversity, triumphed over desire and longing to eventually achieve enlightenment. When he became the Buddha, he laid out the...
Alxe Noden and Martin Hakubai Mosko are teaching a course on Zen design.
Every aspect of our daily activities can be a part of spiritual practice if done with compassion. Venerable Thubten Chodron shares Buddhist teachings on how eating and activities related to it—preparing food, offering and consuming it, and cleaning up—can wake us up and increase our kindness and care toward others.
We invite you to join the 9th Ushinisha Vijaya Puja with 1,000 Offerings in Taipei, Taiwan. Ushinishavijaya is a manifestation of all the merit contained within the Buddha’s topknot, which is also represented as the wisdom of non-duality. For this drupcho, we will make offerings, recite the dharani, and circumambulate the mandala together in order to accumulate merit for the benefit of all sentient beings.
“The Past and Future of the Bhikshuni Sangha in the West,” A Public Talk with Venerable Thubten ChodronNovember 23, 2018 | 2:00–3:30 p.m. | Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation | Taipai, Taiwan
Venerable Thubten Chodron is one of the first Americans to study the Dharma in Asia and be ordained as a Buddhist nun. With over 40 years of ordination, she speaks about the transmission of the bhikshuni lineage to Western nuns. As the founder of Sravasti Abbey, the first training monastery for Westerners in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the US, she offers first-hand experience and insights on the challenges and opportunities of establishing and developing a fully ordained sangha in...
“Good Karma: How to Create the Causes for Happiness and Avoid Suffering,” A Public Talk with Venerable Thubten ChodronNovember 25, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Wihara Ekayana Arama | Jakarta, Indonesia
Why do things happen the way they do? How do we create the causes for a happy life? Venerable Thubten Chodron comments on verses from the great Tibetan Buddhist poem, “The Wheel of Sharp Weapons,” which gives clear and practical mind-training advice on how to overcome the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression, and to create the causes of joyful liberation for ourselves and others.
Wake up. Eat breakfast. Send the kids to school. Go to work. How do you keep your spiritual practice alive amongst your work and family responsibilities? Venerable Thubten Chodron shows us how we can bring meaning into every moment by practicing the Buddha’s teachings on wisdom and compassion.
The Indian sage Atisha, who revived Buddhism in Tibet in the 11th century, is said to have learned how to cultivate bodhicitta—the mind that aspires for full awakening for the benefit of all beings—from his teacher Serlingpa at Muara Jambi. Follow in the footsteps of these great masters on this weekend retreat with Venerable Thubten Chodron, who will teach on the ways to cultivate this marvelous mental state and all its benefits. The retreat will end with a visit to...
Elizabeth will offer three talks during this Mahayana Essentials weekend.
Instructors: Roshi Enkyo O’Hara; Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD; Sensei Kaz Tanahashi Rohatsu Sesshin marks the enlightenment of the Buddha. It is a powerful gathering of practitioners and friends who are dedicated to realizing the way. Roshis Joan Halifax and Enkyo O’Hara, and Sensei Kaz Tanahashi explore the enlightenment of the Buddha, the story and its meaning in our lives today, during this powerful annual retreat. The retreat is in silence, with sitting and walking meditation, eating formally as a community, daily...
A life overflowing with compassion. It sounds wonderful in theory, but how do we actually do it? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares practical methods for living with compassion drawn from Buddhism and psychology, based on her book, An Open-Hearted Life, co-written with psychotherapist Dr. Russell Kolts.
“The Three Higher Trainings: Ethics, Concentration, and Wisdom,” A Public Talk with Venerable Thubten ChodronDecember 6, 2018 | 7:30–9:30 p.m. | Awareness Hub | Singapore
How does keeping good ethics relate to our practice of meditation and the study of Buddhist philosophy? Can we do one of these without the others? Venerable Thubten Chodron explains how the Three Higher Trainings of ethics, concentration, and wisdom work together to take us all the way to full awakening.
Who do you think you really are: A man? A woman? A parent? A child? A Singaporean? A foreigner? An engineer? A secretary? Venerable Thubten Chodron invites us to question the identities we create and cling to, and consider whether these are realistic and beneficial ways to relate to ourselves and others.
In a time when #fakenews and #alternativefacts seem to be the norm, what is the value of speaking and upholding the truth? Venerable Thubten Chodron discusses how to practice the Buddha’s teachings on beneficial speech and why this matters in modern times.
Communication is hard. But Oren Jay Sofer’s proven method not only makes it considerably easier, but also much more effective for people on both sides of the conversation. His method for effective communication is a unique combination of mindfulness, with the modality called nonviolent communication. This method has been popular since the 1960s and is based on the belief that all human beings have the capacity for compassion and resort to violence or behavior that harms others only when they...
Who is Amitabha Buddha? Chinese temples everywhere recite his name, but do we know why? What does it mean to aspire to be reborn in his Pure Land? Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on the Amitabha practice, sharing the philosophy behind this popular practice and how it transforms our mind.
“How to Fulfill Your Aspirations,” Teachings on Chapter 7 of Shantideva’s Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds with Venerable Thubten ChodronDecember 14, 2018 | 7:30–9:30 p.m. | Pureland Marketing | Singapore
What is the secret to getting things done and having our wishes fulfilled? Believe it or not, the far-reaching practice of joyous effort is a key cause for accomplishing our goals in this life and future lives. Venerable Thubten Chodron shares Shantideva’s wise advice from Chapter 7 of Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds, on the benefits of joyous effort and how to put it into practice.
Where can we turn in times of pain, sickness, or stress? Venerable Thubten Chodron guides a one-day workshop on the Medicine Buddha meditation practice, showing us how to apply the Buddha’s teachings to find inner peace and healing regardless of the circumstances we encounter around us.
“Building Confidence to Live Your Life to the Fullest,” A Public Talk with Venerable Thubten ChodronDecember 18, 2018 | 7:30–9:30 p.m. | Buddhist Congress Singapore
We often base our confidence on external things: our appearance, achievements, fame, and wealth. Do these help us to live a full and meaningful life? Venerable Thubten Chodron tells us what we can base our confidence on fulfill our true potential and be of benefit to all beings.
2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Teaching about the practice “Rangjung Pemé Nyingtik” (The Essence of Siddhi) 7:00 p.m. Teaching about “Devotion of the Guru—commitment to the student”
Topic: The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra “The Rice Seedling” When: December 21, evening In this sūtra, at the request of venerable Śāriputra, the bodhisattva mahāsattva Maitreya elucidates a very brief teaching on dependent arising that the Buddha had given earlier that day while gazing at a rice seedling. The text discusses outer and inner causation and its conditions, describes in detail the twelvefold cycle by which inner dependent arising gives rise to successive lives, and explains how understanding the very nature...
Topics: Is it possible to attain happiness? Meditation and devotion in the teacher-disciple relationship and Guru Rinpoche empowerment The reading transmission and explanation of the “7-Line Prayers to Guru Rinpoche.”
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse will give a talk entitled “The Power of Stupas.”
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse will give a public talk entitled “Generating Merit in Our Lives” and a teaching entitled “Be Wise When Following the Guru.”
Topics: Myths and Truths of the Buddhist Teachings, How Can We Handle Our Emotions So That We Are Not a Violent Country?
His Holiness will give a short teaching from the Jataka Tales in the morning at the Main Tibetan Temple.