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You Can Turn Anything into Dharma Practice

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You Can Turn Anything into Dharma Practice

An Interview with FPMT nun Ven. Gyalten
Palmo by Gonpo Ludup’s Vanessa Nguyen

 

Ven. Palmo is giving a public talk, Taking Control of Your Life in an Uncertain World on Friday, December 16 at OM Laguna Beach. Details here. 

 

Vanessa: First of all, how should we call you?

Ven Palmo: Palmo is good.

Vanessa: When were you first exposed to the Buddhism?

Ven. Palmo: At the end of 1999.

Vanessa: Can you describe that first experience?

Ven. Palmo: It started with my friend who was helping her dying mother. She introduced me to a book called Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpche, which gave Buddhist techniques that would be beneficial for me to help my parents when they were dying. I used to read it when I was riding the bicycle at the gym or sitting at home.

“Your life is a Dharma practice. Whether it’s kids, aging parents, a traffic jam, or a difficult political situation, you can turn anything into a Dharma practice.”

Then my friend bought a flyer home that advertised a teaching by Ven. Robina called “Be Your Own Therapist.” My friend and I trucked out there and listened. There was nothing that came out of Ven. Robina’s mouth that I didn’t agree with. It connected me with some of the ideas I had in the 70s that I set aside during the 80s and 90s. It felt right.

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Ven. Palmo, Ven. Chokyi, Ven. Katy with Ven. Robina (center) on pilgrimage in Myanmar in 2013. Photo: Dalgish Chew.

Vanessa: Was there one thing the stood out from Ven. Robina’s teaching?

Ven. Palmo: Not one because she talked about the mind, karma, rebirth. I already believed in rebirth and karma. Everything made sense about watching your mind, being in more control of your mind. It bridged the time when I was more spiritual and bought me back on track. In the 70s I wanted to be enlightened, but I didn’t know exactly what that meant. Buddhism actually clarified ideas from before and corrected me where my mind was steering off in the wrong direction. In the 70s I was opening my heart and becoming kinder and more loving, much of what I heard was a way back to that.

Vanessa: How can Buddhism benefit people regardless of their religious or spiritual background?

Ven. Palmo: It gives people tools to work with during difficult situations and that helps them to be more skillful in ways that would be of benefit to themselves and others. One of these tools is meditation. With meditation, we can recognize mistakes in our thinking and make adjustments to obtain more peacefulness and clarity. In cases of difficulty, we can use calmness to resolve problems more effectively.

 

“There are different kinds of meditation that can be done, even when sitting on the bus or in your car.”

 

Vanessa: Can you meditate without studying Buddhism?

Ven. Palmo: Sure. Meditation is not Buddhist at all. It’s one of the tools Buddhists and some Christians and others use. There are different kinds of meditation that can be done, even when sitting on the bus or in your car.

San Francisco traffic. Photo: Shutterstock.
San Francisco traffic. Photo: Shutterstock.

Vanessa: How can we meditate while stuck in traffic?

Ven. Palmo: I used to meditate on developing equanimity  while driving to and from work. The first step is recognize that everybody wants to be happy, and does not want to suffer. Every time I stopped at a light I would observe the people around me and think they’re just like me, just wanting to be happy.  Whatever they were doing, whether I agreed with it or not, was to try to be happy.

Vanessa: What if that person cuts us off and gives us the finger?

Ven. Palmo: Well, then we can try practicing patience. You need to become aware of your mind. Let’s say that person cuts you off, or they’re upset with you because you’re going too slow and gives you the finger. You have this whole dialogue in your mind. You can ask, “Why is this making me upset?” Look inside to see what’s happening. When someone cuts me off in traffic, I ask myself, “Why am I getting upset?” And what I see is that I’m taking it personally, thinking this is my space or my lane.  I can get annoyed because they are driving recklessly or somehow they are getting in MY way . It’s the unsatisfied mind you can see when you have the expectation that there should be no obstruction on the road and everyone should behave nicely the way you expect.  The truth is you getting angry only harms you by making you miserable and doesn’t do anything to the other person.

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FPMT Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Portland, OR in 2006. Photo John Berthold.

Vanessa: Speaking of expectations, many people developed fear and anxiety after their expectations weren’t met after the election results. How can Buddhism help us ease those unwholesome states of mind?

Ven. Palmo: That’s a really tough question. There are different levels of anxiety depending on the individual. There can be more anxiety if you’re an undocumented immigrant, Muslim or supporting a woman’s right to choose. But I think there are tools that can help each individual. People need to come to a place where they that can hear Buddhist teachings and consider certain practices. Part of it is looking inward and recognizing the results of our actions. For example someone asked Lama Zopa Rinpoche, “What do you think of Donald Trump?” Rinpoche said, “He is your karmic appearance.” We have to look at that and ask what does that mean and how can we can remedy it.

“Every time I stopped at a light I would observe the people around me and think they’re just like me, just wanting to be happy.  Whatever they were doing, whether I agreed with it or not, was to try to be happy.”

Vanessa: What kind of remedy can we use to ease the post election anxiety?

Ven. Palmo: I like to watch the news because I like to watch my mind watch the news. The key is to start meditation with concentration, like breathing, because it helps to calm the mind. You learn to watch what aggravates you and use techniques to stop it if you want. We embellish what is happening with stories, our own stories, and latch on to them. All of a sudden we have exaggerated things until we’re irritated or fearful, which causes us to suffer. Lama Zopa said, “It’s your mind and it’s your choice to be happy or miserable.”  Having a happy, calm mind doesn’t mean being complacent or not working to help others.  Getting upset and angry ourselves doesn’t help anyone.

Vanessa: If someone has little or no experience with meditation what advice would you give him or her?

Ven. Palmo: Start with breathing meditation and make the time to sit down every day, even if it’s short.  When you try to focus on the breath at first you may think your mind is getting worse.  You will see how crazy the mind is. When we jump into anger about something, we don’t see the thought process that brings up those negative emotions. By doing mediation we can get things settled enough in order to deconstruct the destructive patterns, and use antidotes we have learned to settle the mind. When you start meditation let go of any expectations, and don’t worry about the results.  Too much worrying in advance is useless. The worry doesn’t help.

 

“The truth is when people start to meditate, it always looks worse than expected. The first step of meditation happens when you notice how wacked out, crazy your mind is. Noticing it is a cause of celebration!”

 

Vanessa: What advice do you have for someone who has difficulty meditating in one posture or has a racing mind?

Ven. Palmo: Practice slowing the mind with short meditations until you become accustomed to longer sessions. If there are body issues and you can’t sit cross-legged, sit in a chair. There’s also walking meditation.

Vanessa: Is it possible to travel the path to enlightenment without meditating?

Ven. Palmo: You can start on the path to enlightenment without meditation, but if you expect to finish it meditation is a must. Meditation actually helps to gain realizations. You can gain some insights while you’re moving, but realizations come from time on the cushion. It depends what you do with your mind, but you do need to learn how to gain control of your mind. That’s where meditation can help. The truth is when people start to meditate, it always looks worse than expected. The first step of meditation happens when you notice how wacked out, crazy your mind is. Noticing it is a cause of celebration!

Vanessa: So people should rejoice when they see that their mind is going crazy during meditation?

Ven. Palmo: Yeah! Because you’re finally seeing what you’ve been doing all the time. By seeing it you then can begin to change it.

Vanessa: Orange County is known for conspicuous consumption such as nice cars, houses, etc. Do those conditions pose a challenge to one’s Buddhism practice?

Ven. Palmo: No. I have a nice house in San Francisco and I drive an old Mercedes to get to far places. But if you’re life is consumed with your possessions then it could become a problem. The more resources one has, the more they can help benefit others.

Photo: The statue of Shakyamuni Buddha at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, in Northern India, where the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment, while meditating under the Bodhi Tree. Jamyang190.

Vanessa: The Buddha left his wife and child in the middle of the night. Some people would see that as abandonment. How would you explain the Buddha’s actions?

Ven. Palmo: Today it would look like abandonment. But what I think is that he saw the suffering of the people in his kingdom. He wanted to end suffering, including the suffering of his wife and son. Everyone was going to experience the sufferings of getting old, getting sick, and end up dying, no matter how good their conditions were. If you look at the bigger view, he did it to find a way to end suffering for his wife and child and all other sentient beings.

 

“The thing to remember is that the changes we experience in Dharma practice comes slowly. The best thing to do is go slowly. I would say relax; don’t worry. If you are consistent change will come.”

 

Vanessa: How can one who works full time to support a family commit to a Dharma practice?

Ven. Palmo: It is more difficult. Each person needs to figure out how to use his or her time. The truth is having a family is a huge Dharma practice. Your life is a Dharma practice. Whether it’s kids, aging parents, a traffic jam, or a difficult political situation, you can turn anything into a Dharma practice.

Vanessa: What advice would you give to some who gets overly excited about Buddhism and immediately jumps into intense meditations and retreats?

Ven. Palmo: I would tell people to be careful. Usually when somebody gets too excited and jumps totally into retreats and does this and that, it’s simply because they want a quick result. And often in the West, we think results should happen in a flash, like turning on a computer and Googling something. We expect all kinds of amazing things to happen because we’re reading about amazing experiences others have had. This can lead to disappointment. The thing to remember is that the changes we experience in Dharma practice comes slowly. The best thing to do is go slowly. I would say relax; don’t worry. If you are consistent change will come.

Ven. Palmo is giving a public talk, Taking Control of Your Life in an Uncertain World on Friday, December 16 at OM Laguna Beach. Details here. 

mandalacGonpo Ludup is an FPMT study group. The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is a worldwide network of Buddhist centers and activities founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe, and under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. We aspire to bring Tibetan Buddhist teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche to Southern California.

FPMT study groups are groups which are using this status as a probationary period before a group becomes a legal entity and a full FPMT center. FPMT Study Groups are not yet affiliated with the FPMT, and therefore do not have the same responsibilities as a center, financially or administratively. FPMT Study Groups are required to work towards becoming an FPMT center within a period of two years.

Our Lineage

Our heart teachers are Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

About His Holiness the Dalai Lama (from fpmt.org):

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“His Holiness the 14th the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, is the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on 6 July 1935, in a small village called Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion.”

About Lama Thubten Yeshe (from fpmt.org):

Lama Yeshe, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1980. Photo Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.
Lama Yeshe, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1980. Photo Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

“Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered Sera Monastic University in Tibet where he studied until 1959, when as Lama Yeshe himself has said, “In that year the Chinese kindly told us that it was time to leave Tibet and meet the outside world.” Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their exile in India, met their first Western students in 1965. By 1971 they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal. In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Lama Yeshe died in 1984.”

Click here to read more about Lama Yeshe.

About Lama Zopa Rinpoche (from fpmt.org)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Portland, Oregon in 2006. Photo John Berthold.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Portland, Oregon in 2006. Photo John Berthold.

“Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator who for 30 years has overseen the spiritual activities of the extensive worldwide network of centers, projects and services that form the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which he founded with Lama Thubten Yeshe.

“Rinpoche’s vision is vast and includes the proliferation of many charitable and beneficial activities. Among many projects dear to Rinpoche’s heart are the two Maitreya Projects: under Rinpoche’s guidance, FPMT plans to build two large statues of the future Buddha, Maitreya, in Bodhgaya and Kushinagar in India; The Sera Je Food Fund, which offers three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks studying at Sera Je Monastery in south India; Animal Liberation events around the world, at which creatures, big and small, are freed from immediate harm or blessed every year– the total number of animals liberated to date (by Lama Zopa Rinpoche or those inspired by him) is over 200,000,000 and counting! Rinpoche is also utterly dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama wherever and whenever possible.

“Rinpoche’s kindness is legendary. More details of Rinpoche’s ongoing philanthropy can be followed through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund News.

“Born in the Mount Everest region of Thami in 1946, Rinpoche was recognized soon afterwards by His Holiness Tulshig Rinpoche and five other lamas as the reincarnation of the great yogi Kunsang Yeshe. Rinpoche was taken under the care of FPMT’s founder Lama Thubten Yeshe, soon after leaving Tibet, in Buxa Duar, India, in the early 1960’s. Rinpoche was with Lama Yeshe until 1984 when Lama Yeshe passed away and Lama Zopa Rinpoche took over as spiritual director of FPMT.”

Live-stream Losar Celebration with Ven Robina | Sun, Feb 26

SPECIAL EVENT
Sunday, February 26, 1:30 pm

LIVE-STREAM LOSAR CELEBRATION
with FPMT teacher Ven. Robina Courtin

Lama Chopa practice &
Stories of FPMT Founder Lama Yeshe

Gonpo Ludup Study Group is delighted to be hosting a special Losar Celebration with Lama Chopa practice and stories of our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe, with Buddhist nun Ven. Robina Courtin. Anyone around the world is welcome to join.

Link to join us from your computer, iPad, or smartphone
https://zoom.us/j/398449536

Time the puja will take place at your location
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Live-stream+Losar+Celebration+with+Ven.+Robina&iso=20170226T1330&p1=5060&ah=2

** LAMA CHOPA TEXT **
You will need the Lama Chopa text, which you can download here: http://shop.fpmt.org/Lama-Chopa-PDF_p_1949.html

** TEA BREAK **
We will have a tea break during the puja. Have a cup of tea/coffee/your favorite drink ready. We will offer together and Ven. Robina will share stories of our precious founder, Lama Yeshe.

About the Lama Chopa Practice
During Lama Chopa (or, in Sanskrit, Guru Puja) we recite various praises, aspirations, and requests and make offerings to the great practitioners of the Buddhadharma, starting with our own lamas and stretching back to Shakyamuni Buddha himself, reinforcing our connection with them and encouraging us to develop our own marvelous potential, becoming just like them.

About the Live-stream
We are using Zoom video software for this puja. Once you click on the link (https://zoom.us/j/398449536), you will receive a prompt to download Zoom on your computer. It takes about two minutes, depending on your Internet speed.

About Ven. Robina
Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist, ex-radical feminist, and former body guard for the Dalai Lama, Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. Well known for her work for 14 years with people in prisons in the US and Australia, Robina’s life and work is the subject of the award-winning documentary Chasing Buddha, featured at Sundance in 2001. A renowned teacher of Buddhist psychology and philosophy, she teaches full time around the world at the centers of her teachers’ organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

No Cost to Attend
Offered by Gonpo Ludup Study Group.

Date & Time
Sunday, February 26, 1:30 pm PTD

Questions?
Contact Kate
gonpo.ludup@gmail.com
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Discovering Buddhism Module 1: Mind & Its Potential | AUG 21–SEP 25, 2016

REGISTRATION FOR MIND & ITS POTENTIAL IS CLOSED

DISCOVERING BUDDHISM MODULE ONE
MIND & ITS POTENTIAL
AUG 21–SEP 25, 2016

$108 FOR THE 6-WEEK COURSE + ONE-DAY RETREAT 
CONTACT KATE TO REGISTER: gonpo.ludup@gmail.com

August 21 we will begin our fall program with the first of 14 modules of FPMT’s Discovering Buddhism Series at Home: Module One: Mind & It’s Potential. Each Discovering Buddhism module consists of teachings, meditations and practices, readings, assessment questions, and a short retreat.

In this module we will examine what is “mind,” its nature and function, and how it affects our experience of happiness and suffering. We will explore the difference between mind and brain, mind as the creator of our experiences, and the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning and no end. In addition, we will learn methods to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes and create a positive and joyous mind.

The course will consist of six teaching sessions and a one-day retreat.

CLASS 1.
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY CLASS WITH VEN. ROBINA COURTIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 7–9 PM
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Ven. Robina Courtin will lead a special introductory class to this first module of Discovering Buddhism (as an online class) on August 21.

CLASSES 2-5.
SUNDAYS, AUGUST 28–SEPTEMBER 18, 9–11 AM
The following four Sundays, we will meet and study the Mind & Its Potential Home Study audio teachings and mediations together, as well as discuss our homework and required readings from the previous week’s class. Each session we’ll do some meditation on the breath; listen to various teachings on the mind; and then do a longer guided meditation at the end of each session.

CLASS 6.
SPECIAL PRIVATE Q&A CLASS WITH GEN DON HANDRICK

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 7–9 PM
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On Thursday, September 22, Gen Don Handrick will offer a private Q & A class just for DB 1 students.

ONE-DAY RETREAT
LEAD BY GEN DON HANDRICK

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 10 AM – 5 PM
On Sunday, September 25, Don will lead our one-day retreat, where we’ll go deeper into the teachings and meditations we’ll have studied and practiced together during the course.

MATERIALS
Each participant will receive a binder with the course materials and required readings, including Lama Yeshe’s Becoming Your Own Therapist/Make Your Mind an Ocean.

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Students who complete the course and retreat will receive a certificate. You can read about the Discovering Buddhism here: http://fpmt.org/education/programs/discovering-buddhism/

TIMES
• Sunday, August 21, 7–9 pm: Special Intro class with Ven. Robina Courtin * LOCATION TO BE DECIDED
• Sunday, August 28, 9–11 am
• Sunday, September 4, 9–11 am
• Sunday, September 11, 9–11 am
• Sunday, September 18, 9–11 am
• Thursday, September 22, 7–9 pm: Q & A class with Gen Don Handrick * LOCATION TO BE DECIDED
• Sunday, September 25, 10am–5pm: One-day retreat with Gen Don Handrick * LOCATION TO BE DECIDED

COST
$108 for the 6-week course + one-day retreat
* This includes the course materials and offerings to Ven. Robina, Gen Don Handrick, and OM for allowing us to use their space.

CONTACT KATE TO REGISTER
gonpo.ludup@gmail.com

LOCATION
OM laguna beach
332 Forest Avenue #28
Laguna Beach CA 92651

QUESTIONS?
Contact Kate
gonpo.ludup@gmail.com
(949) 371–6804

GEN DON HANDRICK VISIT | OCT 23–30

Gen. Don Handrick Visit
Oct 23–30, 2017

REGISTRATION, COST, LOCATION & DETAILS TO COME

Gonpo Ludup Study Group is delighted to welcome Gen. Don back to Laguna Beach!

ABOUT GEN DON
Don Handrick is a graduate of the first Masters Program of Buddhist Studies, the FPMT’s seven-year study program inspired by the traditional geshe studies at the great Gelugpa monastic universities. Since 2006, Don has been the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, NM, and he also teaches regularly at the Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, NM. Don also serves as a Buddhist teacher for Liberation Prison Project, which includes teaching Buddhism at a local prison in New Mexico. In 2015, Don led the month-long November Course at Kopan Monastery and in 2016, he began spending a portion of each year visiting other FPMT centers as a touring teacher.

 

QUESTIONS?
Contact Kate
gonpo.ludup@gmail.com
(949) 371-6804

Articles about Gen Don
Dharma teachers: seven years in the making

Some of Gen Don’s Teachings
Using Work as a Spiritual Path
What’s so Bad about Complaining?

THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS WITH GEN DON HANDRICK | SEP 24, 2016

THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS: LEARNING TO FORGIVE OURSELVES & OTHERS

ONE-DAY RETREAT

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 10 AM–5 PM

Neighborhood Congregational Church
340 St Ann’s Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

$60 ($30 for NCC members)
Vegetarian lunch, snacks, and course notes provided.

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE RETREAT. EMAIL KATE: gonpo.ludup@gmail.com

We will also have a Public Talk: How to Be Happy with Gen Don Handrick on Friday, September 23.

THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS
Throughout our lives, each of us has been wronged and has inevitably wronged others as well, but holding onto these wounds will only upset our own mental well-being. The practice of forgiveness has great power to prevent harmful thoughts from taking root in our minds and to generate true peace and happiness instead. In this full-day course, we will examine forgiveness within the context of the Buddha’s teachings and explore what it means to practice it genuinely and completely for both ourselves and others.

“I’m so pleased that Gonpo Ludup Study Group is hosting my friend Don Handrick,” said Ven. Robina Courtin. “He is a marvelous teacher, down to earth and very kind. He graduated in 2004 with top honors from the intensive seven-year Buddhist philosophical program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Tuscany, Italy.”

ABOUT DON
Don Handrick is a graduate of the first Masters Program of Buddhist Studies, the FPMT’s seven-year study program inspired by the traditional geshe studies at the great Gelugpa monastic universities. Since 2006, Don has been the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, NM, and he also teaches regularly at the Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, NM. Don also serves as a Buddhist teacher for Liberation Prison Project, which includes teaching Buddhism at a local prison in New Mexico. In 2015, Don led the month-long November Course at Kopan Monastery and in 2016, he began spending a portion of each year visiting other FPMT centers as a touring teacher.

COST
$60 ($30 for NCC members)
Vegetarian lunch, snacks, and course notes provided.

LOCATION
Neighborhood Congregational Church
340 St Anns Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

QUESTIONS?
Contact Kate
gonpo.ludup@gmail.com
(949) 371-6804

Articles about Gen Don
Dharma teachers: seven years in the making

Some of Gen Don’s Teachings
Using Work as a Spiritual Path
What’s so Bad about Complaining?

More Teachings & Articles on Forgiveness
Consider Forgiveness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Tenzin Osel Hita talking about forgiveness at FPMT’s Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharmsala
How Is It Possible to Have Compassion for Those Who Harm Us? Ven. Robina Courtin
Eight Keys to Forgivness, The Greater Good Science Center

Live Stream | How to Develop Self Confidence with Ven. Robina | Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 2016

Four Tuesdays Evenings: October 11, 18, 25, Nov 1

October 11, 7–8:30 pm, Pacific time
October 18, 7–8:30 pm, Pacific time
October 25, 7–8:30 pm, Pacific time
November 1, 7–8:30 pm, Pacific time

* WE ADDED AN ADDITIONAL CLASS ON TUE, NOV 1.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

PLEASE NOTE:
REGISTRATION FOR THE OCT 25 CLASS ENDS ON OCT 24 AT 5PM PACIFIC TIME & REGISTRATION FOR THE NOV 1 CLOSES ON OCT 31 AT 5 PM PACIFIC TIME. 

YOUR CAN CALCULATE THE TIME THE TEACHINGS WILL TAKE PLACE AT YOUR LOCATION HERE
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=CLASS+3+%7C+How+to+Develop+Self+Confidence+with+Ven.+Robina+&iso=20161025T19&p1=4571&ah=2

ABOUT THIS LIVE-STREAM COURSE
Ven. Robina will be teaching live from Dharamsala, Delhi, and Kathmandu. If you live locally, you are welcome to join us at my apartment (please email me in advance for address & directions), where we will be watching on a larger screen TV, otherwise you can join from your own computer, iPad, or smart phone. The course will be interactive, with lots of Q & A with Ven. Robina.

COST
$15/class.  Two PDFs of course notes provided.

Scholarships available. Contact Kate: gonpo.ludup@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL

PLEASE NOTE:
REGISTRATION FOR THE OCT 25 CLASS ENDS ON OCT 24 AT 5PM PACIFIC TIME & REGISTRATION FOR THE NOV 1 CLOSES ON OCT 31 AT 5 PM PACIFIC TIME. 

HOW TO DEVELOP SELF CONFIDENCE
According to Buddhist psychology and neuroscience, we can actually rewire our minds, to be self confident, to think courageous, self-compassionate, empowering thoughts, to have self-conviction and determination guided by compassion and wisdom. Every one of us has this incredible potential. Why then do we tend to over-identify with our low self-esteem, our fears, anxiety, and depression? According to Buddhist psychology, these negative emotions and low-self esteem are not at the core of our being, but are deeply entrenched habits that we’ve carried with us from lifetime to lifetime.  In this three week series of teachings, we will learn to unpack the negative emotions – seeing them for what they are: advantageous and not at the core of our being; and learn to cultivate and consciously identify our sense of self in terms of our wisdom, beauty, courage, compassion and the other marvelous qualities that our innate within us.

ABOUT VEN. ROBINA
Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist, ex-radical feminist, and former body guard for the Dalai Lama, Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. Well known for her work for 14 years with people in prisons in the US and Australia, Robina’s life and work is the subject of the award-winning documentary Chasing Buddha, featured at Sundance in 2001. A renowned teacher of Buddhist psychology and philosophy, she teaches full time around the world at the centers of her teachers’ organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

DATES & TIME
October 11, 7–8:30 pm, Pacific time
October 18, 7–8:30 pm, Pacific time
October 25, 7–8:30 pm, Pacific time
November 1, 7–8:30 pm, Pacific time

QUESTIONS?
Contact Kate
gonpo.ludup@gmail.com
(949) 371–6804

Live-Stream | The Fundamentals of Meditation with Ven. Sangye Khadro | DEC 3, 2016

SAT, DEC 3, 10:30 AM-12 PM PTD

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

PLEASE NOTE:
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE FRI, DEC 2, 11:30 PM PTD


YOUR CAN CALCULATE THE TIME THE TEACHINGS WILL TAKE PLACE AT YOUR LOCATION HERE
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Live-Stream+Class+%7C+The+Fundamentals+of+Meditation+with+Ven.+Sangye+Khadro+%28Kathleen+McDonald%29&iso=20161203T1030&p1=5060&ah=2

ABOUT THIS LIVE-STREAM CLASS
Ven. Sangye Khadro will be teaching live from Copenhagen. Anyone around the world can join from their computer, iPad, or smart phone. The class will be interactive, with lots of Q & A with Ven. Sangye Khadro.

COST
$15. A PDF of readings/teachings will be provided.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE. Contact Kate: gonpo.ludup@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL


“My friend Ven. Sangye Khadro is one of the longest-serving nuns in the FPMT and a marvelous teacher,” says Buddhist nun Ven. Robina Courtin. “We studied Lama Yeshe’s first philosophy course, the Geshe Program, in the early 1980s and more recently SK, as she’s affectionately know among us, graduated from the seven-year Master’s Program. She’s not to be missed!” Photo: Centre Kalachakra. 

ABOUT VEN. SANGYE KHADRO (KATHLEEN MCDONALD)
Ven. Sangye Khadro 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.

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“Ven Sangye Khadro is one of those people who was born to be a Dharma practitioner and a nun, a natural,” says Dr. Nicholas Ribush, director of FPMT‘s Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (pictured far left in this 1974 photo from the archive; you can see Ven. Sangye Khadro on the far right). “Over the more than 40 years I’ve know her I’ve admired her intelligence, dedication, application and beautiful Tibetan writing! She has studied hard, meditated, taught and written a best-selling Dharma book, all while keeping a very low and humble profile. One of the great Western Buddhists.”

Photo: FPMT‘s International Mahayana Institute (IMI) monks and nuns and friends at Kopan MonasteryLama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche‘s monastery in Kathmandu in 1974.