July Events

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July Events
Dear Dharma Friends,

We are delighted to announce our upcoming events for July, featuring our visiting teacher, Khenpo Tenkyong, who will us in “Guide to A Wise and Daily Meditation Practice”. In addition, Lama Kathy continues her insightful book study on Mingyur Rinpoche’s “Joyful Wisdom,” Lama Adam will carry on his teachings on “On the Wings of Compassion.”

We are thrilled to share details about our August 17-18 in-person teaching weekend with Lama Karma Drodhul. The theme for this weekend is “Embracing the Wisdom and Compassion of Tara: Teachings on Green Tara.” This event will also provide an opportunity to take refuge and have a personal interview with Lama Karma. Additionally, Lama Karma will offer a public talk on August 16 at Santa Monica Yoga titled “Transforming Worries and Fears into Compassionate Awareness.”

Yours in Dharma,
Find out more and sign up:
Lama Karma – Green Tara Teaching Weekend
Refuge Info and Sign-up
Public Talk
  • July 4   | No Event
  • July 11 | Khenpo Tenkyong – Guided to a Wise and Daily Meditation Practice
  • July 18| Lama Adam – On the Wings of Wisdom and Compassion
  • July 25  | Lama Kathy – Joyful Wisdom Book Study
July 11
Khenpo Tenkyong – Guide to a wise Daily Meditation practice
Khenpo Tenkyong will give an insightful exploration into the art of wise daily meditation. Drawing from Buddha’s teachings, discover practical insights to integrate mindfulness seamlessly into your everyday life. Explore the essence of meditation as a transformative tool for modern living. Khenpo Tenkyong will share key elements for a sustainable meditation routine, emphasizing consistency, mindfulness in action, and unwavering focus amidst life’s distractions.
July 18
On the Wings of Wisdom and Compassion with Lama Adam Berner
Most of us begin meditation by learning to let go. Through practices such as calm-abiding meditation, we notice thoughts and concepts, then repeatedly train in letting them go. This is not a complete path to the rich experience of awakening, though, as our daily lives continually demonstrate that, in fact, there are plenty of things we do need to pick up. Discerning what is to be adopted and how to do so is, in many ways, the territory of Lojong, or “mind training,” which is best known for its hallmark practice of taking and sending (tong-len) and its list of 59 pithy slogans.

This series of discussions will explore the Lojong teachings found in Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche’s Great Path of Awakening, as expanded on by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in his book Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness. With guided practice and discussion, we’ll extend our understanding of the relationship between compassion and non-conceptuality and why they are considered to be like the two wings of a bird, both necessary for us to take flight.
July 25
Lama Kathy Wesley – Joyful Wisdom Book Study
Lama Kathy Wesley will teach Joyful Wisdom, which addresses the timeless anxiety problem in our everyday lives. “From the 2,500-year-old perspective of Buddhism,” Rinpoche writes, “every chapter in human history could be described as an ‘age of anxiety.’ The anxiety we feel now has been part of the human condition for centuries.”

So what do we do? Escape or succumb? Both routes inevitably lead to more complications and problems in our lives. “Buddhism,” he says, “offers a third option. We can look directly at the disturbing emotions and other problems we experience as stepping stones to freedom. Instead of rejecting or surrendering to them, we can befriend them, working through them to reach an enduring authentic experience of our inherent Wisdom, confidence, clarity, and joy.”

ZOOM starts at 6:15 PM PST with a 15-minute silent meditation; regular teaching begins at 6:30. Please be mindful when entering at that time.
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Ask questions via chat and keep them concise and to the point. If you have more in-depth questions, we can arrange an interview with the teacher.

Inspirational Quote:

Imagine that you are having difficulties with a loved one, such as your mother or father, husband or wife, lover or friend. How helpful and revealing it can be to consider the other person not in his or her “role” of mother or father or husband, but simply as another “you,” another human being, with the same feelings as you, the same desire for happiness, the same fear of suffering. Thinking of the other one as a real person, exactly the same as you, will open your heart to him or her and give you more insight into how to help.

Rigpa Glimpse Of The Day

Teaching Link:
Being Patient in an Impatient World with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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