Discovering Buddhism Module Two: How to Meditate | OCT 30–DEC 18, 2016

October 30–December 18
Seven-week course
Includes one-day retreat on December 18



This Sunday, October 30, we will begin our winter program with the second module of FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism at Home Series: How to Meditate. Each Discovering Buddhism module consists of teachings, meditations and practices, readings, assessment questions, and a short retreat.

We will learn what meditation is and how we can use meditation practices to transform our lives. We will learn how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, and about the two types of meditation: stabilizing and analytical. We will also learn about different meditation techniques and objects, and how to deal with obstacles to our meditation practice.

The course will consist of seven Sunday morning sessions. In each Sunday morning session, we will listen to Ven. Sangye Khadro’s pre-recorded teachings and do her guided meditations together. We’ll discuss what we learn, our experiences, and the required readings from the previous week’s class. Our last week, we will have a private evening class with visiting FPMT teacher Ven. Gyalten Palmo, who will be visiting from our sister center Tse Chen Ling Center in San Francisco; and Ven. Palmo will also lead our practice/retreat day on Sunday, December 18.

Although it is part of the Discovering Buddhism program, anyone is welcome to attend — you do not have to have attended the previous module, Mind & Its Potential, which we completed in September.


* Please note that we will be listening to pre-recorded teachings of Ven. Sangye Khadro’s. She will not be here teaching live.

Ven. Sangye Khadro (Kathleen McDonald) was born in California in 1952 and took her first courses in Buddhism in Dharamsala, India, in 1973. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan MonasteryLama Thubten Yesheand Lama Zopa Rinpoche‘s monastery in Kathmandu, in 1974, and in 1988 she took the full ordination, or gelongma, vows. She has studied Buddhism with various teachers around the world: Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Geshe Jampa Tekchog, and more. At the request of her teachers Ven. Sangye Khadro began teaching in 1979 in England, and since then has taught at our centers around the world, including at FPMT’s Amitabha Buddhist Centre (ABC) in Singapore, for 11 years. She is a 2015 graduate of FPMT’s Master Program, a seven-year program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy. Her book, How to Meditate, is a best selling book of Wisdom Publications now in its 17th printing.


Ven. Gyalten Palmo grew up in San Francisco and started studying Tibetan Buddhism 16 years ago. She has studied closely under Ribur Rinpoche, His Eminence Choden Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Dakpa and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and completed FPMT’s five-year Basic Program. In 2012, she was ordained by Choden Rinpoche at Sera Jey Monastic University in India. As an FPMT-registered teacher, she has been teaching Discovering Buddhism regularly since 2013 at Tse Chen Ling, our San Francisco center, since 2013. Ven. Palmo loves studying and sharing the Dharma with others.

$108 for the course (includes our one-day retreat + course binder of required reading)
$14 for How to Meditate by Ven. Sangye Khadro (You’re also welcome to buy from another vendor; it is required reading for the course).

• Sunday, October 30, 9–11 am
• Sunday, November 6, 9–11 am
• Sunday, November 13, 9–11 am
• Sunday, November 20, 9–11 am
• Sunday, December 4, 9–11 am
• Sunday, December 11, 9–11 am
• Thursday, December 15, 7–9 pm Private teaching with Ven. Palmo
• Sunday, December 18, practice day with Ven. Palmo

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