Shambhala Publications' Online and In-Person Author Events, Talks, and Retreats

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Mythmaking and the Timeless Art of Memoir: A Writing Workshop for Women | Maureen Murdock | Santa Fe, NM

April 25-27, 2024 |  Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The story we tell ourselves and others gives us a sense of identity. It helps us organize our life in such a way that it gives us meaning and direction. Although not every memoir reflects a mythic theme, most memoir writers unconsciously reveal mythic themes in their desire to find meaning in their lives. They wonder: Who am I? Who are my people? What is my journey? What is my purpose? Where is home? Myth fuels the psychic desire of humans to understand their origins and therefore their destinies. Memoir brings forward an event of the past and re-enacts it by giving it form in writing.

The essence of a great memoir is the voice of the writer and how she brings the reader into a scene with sensory details. Memoir has to deliver vivid characters, evocative settings and pitch-perfect dialogue for the reader to remain interested. How you select and order the events in your life adds to the meaning  you make of these events and helps you find a cohesive theme. Both myth and memoir arise from a human need for connection and that is why memoirs are so popular in culture today.

In an atmosphere of friendship, support, and safety in the beautiful Hotel Santa Fe, you will have time and the opportunity to write, read excerpts from contemporary memoirs that reflect mythic themes, and listen to the power of your own words and the words of your sisters.

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Sangye Khandro: The Art and Craft of Translating the Dharma

Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 10:00am-11:30am MDT |  

Tara Mandala is honored to welcome a beloved teacher to our community and the wider Buddhist community in the West, Sangye Khandro, for a special dharma talk on the art and craft of translating the dharma. In this intimate session, Sangye Khandro will share reflections and stories from her over forty years of experiences as a translator and practitioner, giving us a glimpse into the often hidden and arduous work of bringing to the English speaking world the profound Tibetan teaching

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‘Working with Anger’ | Venerable Thubten Chodron | Online

May 4, 2024 | 5:00-6:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time (May 5, 2024 , 10-11:30 AM Australian Eastern Time) |  Online

Venerable Chodron will discuss a variety of Buddhist methods for subduing anger, not by changing what is happening, but by working with our minds to frame situations differently. No matter what our religion is, learning to work with anger can benefit us all. Sponsored by Vajrayana Institute and Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Center.

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Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day) Celebration | Sonoko Sakai |JACCC

May 4, 2024 | All day |  Isamu Noguchi Plaza

May 5th marks a special occasion in Japan as Kodomo no Hi (子供の日), or Children’s Day, is celebrated throughout the country. JACCC embraces this holiday by presenting an exciting celebration that weaves together Japanese and Japanese American traditions into a fun-filled day event for children of all ages on May 4th.

2:40-3:00p.m. PST Sonoko Sakai, bestselling author of Japanese Home Cooking and Mai and the Missing Melon, and Keiko Brodeur, illustrator of Mai and the Missing Melon will be doing a reading and book signing (books available for purchase at event).

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The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism | Khenpo Sherab Sangpo with Roger R. Jackson | Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 | 7:00 PM Central Time |  Magers & Quinn Booksellers (Minneapolis, MN)

In-person event for The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, MN. Khenpo Sherab Sangpo will discuss his new book in conversation with Roger R. Jackson.

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Sharing the Dharma Day: "An Open-Hearted Life" | Thubten Chodron | Online and Sravasti Abbey

May 12, 2024 | 10 am-12:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time: Meditation & teaching | 2:00-3:30 pm PDT: Discussion groups |  Sravasti Abbey, Newport

Sharing the Dharma Day with the Sravasti Abbey community provides a chance for newcomers and old friends to explore the Buddha’s teachings and share in fellowship. The day includes a guided meditation (no experience necessary!), a Dharma talk, vegetarian potluck lunch (no garlic or onions, please), and facilitated group discussion. All are welcomed.

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Illumination | Rebecca Li | Zen Peacemakers (Online)

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 | 10:00 AM Mountain Time |  Online

In this online event hosted by Zen Peacemakers, Rebecca Li will discuss her new book Illumination and silent illumination meditation.

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Ancient Wisdom for Women's Health with Kate O'Donnell | Kiln. Boulder, CO

Thursday, May 16 | 2:00 pm MT |  Kiln. | 2101 Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302

Join us at Kiln in Downtown Boulder with expert Ayurveda teacher Kate O'Donnell and discover a deeper sense of wellness fueled by self-care, nurturing routines, healing foods, and herbal remedies. Kate empowers women of any age to become intimate with their body, how it works, how it changes over time, and how to listen to its messages.

This in-person event will provide you with valuable insights and tools to empower yourself on your health journey.

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Passion and Presence® Mindful Couples Sex Therapy Certificate Training | Online

Sunday, May 19, 2024 |10:00 am - 2:30 pm EASTERN, US | 16:00 - 20:30 CET |  Online/Live

This professional training offers 100 hours of AASECT-approved credit that can apply toward licensure (or renewal) as a Sex Therapist. The Lead Instructor, Maci Daye, is an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Author, and Senior Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychotherapy Trainer. In this video, Maci elucidates how navigating erotic challenges can catalyze personal growth and delineates three distinct levels of intervention.

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Commit to Sit | A 90-Day Guided Practice Period based on Throw Yourself into the House of Buddha | New York Zen Center (Online)

June 12-September 9, 2024 |  Online

Hosted online by the New York Zen Center, Commit to Sit is a guided 90-day practice period designed to empower you on your Zen meditation journey. Led by Koshin Paley Ellison and other experienced Zen teachers, and based on the recent book Throw Yourself into the House of Buddha by Tangen Harada Roshi, this 90-day practice period includes dharma talks, Q&A, email and video teachings, meditations, and more.

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Embodying Tara: A Meditation, Chanting and Yoga Retreat & Book Signing

July 19 - July 24, 2024 |  Tara Mandala Retreat Center, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Tara, the female Buddha of compassion, is revered as the “Savioress” because she is known for saving beings from the ocean of samsara (suffering). Her name also means “star” as she is as infinite as the stars in the sky. She manifests in the world according to the needs of sentient beings.

Join us for the first-ever in-person 21 Tara’s retreat with Dorje Lopön Chandra on the sacred land at Tara Mandala, said to be the body of Tara herself. Lopön Chandra will teach five of the 21 Taras, one Tara per day. You will learn meditations and mantras for each Tara as well as hear stories of real-life women who embody their qualities. They will inspire you to bring these aspects of Tara alive in yourself, bringing your body, mind, and soul into alignment with your own enlightened nature.

In this retreat, we will invite Tara’s awakened energy to come alive in ourselves through:

Insight into core Buddhist concepts and teachings
Guided Tara meditations in the Trikaya Tara Temple and outside in nature, the true abode of Tara
Chanting melodies of the 21 Tara mantras
Gentle therapeutic yoga
Dyad (mindful relational) practice
Exploration of the lives of real women and movements that embody Tara’s enlightened activities
Closing fire ceremony under the stars with chanting on the final evening
The 21 aspects of Tara appear in the 11th century tantric text called the Twenty-One Praises to Tara, a devotional hymn popular in Tibetan Buddhism, from which Lopön Chandra’s new book, Embodying Tara, draws its teachings and practices. Students will have the special opportunity to celebrate the publication of this heartfelt work of scholarship and years of engaged practice with Lopön Chandra at an intimate book signing during the course of the retreat.

Recommended Reading:
As an accompaniment to this retreat, students are encouraged to read Lopön Chandra Easton’s new book, Embodying Tara: Twenty-One Manifestations to Awaken Your Innate Wisdom (2023).

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Kalachakra Completion Stage Program

August 2, 2024 - September 2, 2024 (4-Week Retreat) |  Dzokden Kalapa - Garanas 41, 8541 Bad Schwanberg, Austria

The completion stage practice of Kalachakra's Profound Path of Vajra Yoga

The 4 Drops
To help simplify the process of transformation which is established through the preliminary practices, we can think of four stages leading to a non-conceptual awareness.

Practicing the 6 Vajra Yogas
Taranatha said the 6 Vajra Yogas are above all other practices. This is the true completion stage practice. Rinpoche encourages you to prepare to take these practices.

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Buddhist Society Summer School 2024

aturday 24th August 2024 through to Saturday August 31st |  The Royal Agricultural University , Cotswolds, UK

The 71st Buddhist Society Summer School Retreat 2024, this Year celebrates the Centenary of the Buddhist Society, 1924 - 2024 on Saturday 24th August 2024 through to Saturday August 31st.
The week is an opportunity for newcomers and experienced practitioners to come together for a program of talks and meditation to deepen their connection with the Dharma and enhance their practice.

Morning talks will cover the early teachings of the Buddha, Afternoon talks will cover Buddhist practice, and Evening talks on a variety of topics and intended to encourage and inspire.

This year distinguished international speakers from all the main traditions are attending and include:

Ajahn Amaro, Abbot of Amaravati monastery of the Theravada Tradition
Lord High Abbot Daiko Osho-san of Ichibata Yakusi Zen Temple in Honshu, Japan of the Rinzai Zen Tradition
Venerable Bogotá Seelawimila Thera, Head Priest of The London Vihara, of theTheravada tradition
Dr Desmond Biddulph CBE, President of the Buddhist Society, Chairman of the Summer School Retreat, of the Zen Tradition
Roy Sutherwood, FPMT teacher and leads on Tibetan Studies at the Buddhist Society
Other international speakers are being invited and will be added to the programme.

Daily meditation practice
There are three daily sessions of voluntary meditation. Instructions are offered to newcomers by Mark Bush of the Zen Tradition.

Morning Dharma Talks
A series of six talks. Three talks are given by Olwen Smith on the fundamental teachings common to all schools of Buddhism and three talks given by Roy Sutherwood, former Director of Jamyang Tibetan Buddhist Centre London. On the development of the Mahayana, The Great Way.

Afternoon Talks
Afternoon talks on Buddhist practice in daily life are given by experienced practitioners and open for everyone to attend after tea time and relaxation

Held at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, the annual Summer School Retreat is a joyous week. The friendly atmosphere of 'all on the same path' makes it a happy experience for everyone. There is free time every day to explore the ancient Roman town of Cirencester and the beautiful surroundings of the Cotswold Countryside.

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