Tara Retreat with Yangsi Rinpoche
March 18-19, 2017. Non-residential retreat in Seattle.
Schedule: 9am to 5pm both days.
Space Limited. Pre-Registration requested ASAP. Full details please click: here.
No fee to attend. Donations gratefully accepted in the Buddhist tradition of dana.
Dr. Jan Willis, Dharma and Activism,
May 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m., University of Washington, details coming.
Jan Willis is one of the earliest American scholar-practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, having studied Buddhism with Tibetan teachers for more than forty years, including as one of the first western students of Lama Thubten Yeshe. She discovered dharma as a path to healing the trauma of racism growing up in the segregated south, and has forged paths for the integration of Buddhism and social and political justice.
She is the author of the memoir Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist (2001) and scholarly and popular works on Buddhist meditation, hagiography, women and Buddhism, and Buddhism and race. She has been on short lists and profiled by Time, Ebony, and Newsweek. See Also: A Genuine Guru: Jan Willis Remembers Lama Yeshe (Mandala Magazine)
For those who missed this event (October 15, 2015 at Seattle Public Library) here are the videos: Note that it may take some time for your computer to download the file before it will play without interruption.
Venerable Thubten Chodron
December 4, 2015. Scientists and spiritual leaders both agree that our world is profoundly interconnected. The well-being of every individual, and the environment as a whole are all interdependent. How do we create and sustain spiritual community? Venerable Thubten Chodron, Abbess, author, and Buddhist nun for nearly 40 years, will share stories and insights on this topic in an evening talk you won’t want to miss. This program is offered free of charge. There will be a donation basket for those who wish to support these teachings. View/listen to this teaching on YouTube.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa
at Kane Hall
University of Washington
May 13, 2015
View/Listen to Geshe Jinpa’s talk at UW based on his new book: A Fearless Heart, How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives: You Tube
Speaking generally, Buddha taught two wings of awakening – wisdom and compassion. While the wisdom aspect, embodied by the practice of mindfulness, has been enthusiastically adopted in the west by the clinical health professions, and corporate leadership training programs alike, compassion has been relegated to a lesser role, perceived as too religious, too emotional, and possibly a sign of weakness in our hyper competitive culture.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa, through engaging stories, humor, scientific data, and offering personal reflections, inspired a capacity crowd of 400 at Kane Hall to confront our cultural biases towards compassion, and to consider that the first person to benefit through the practice of compassion is oneself.
Thank you to our precious teacher, Yangsi Rinpoche, for inviting Geshe Jinpa and physically bringing him to Seattle, caring for every detail of his itinerary and bringing the exquisitely beautiful Chenresig thangka. Thank you to Lauren Updyke and Margaret Murray of Whole U for answering and sending hundreds of emails and texts as we worked out the many interdependent aspects of the venue setup, and schedule. Thank you to Pam Cowan for loaning the beautiful furniture for the stage.
Thank you to Dr. Liliana Lengua and Dr. Bonnie Duran of UW for organizing the reception for faculty and local Dharma practitioners. And thank you to everyone who helped in countless other ways, and who came and listened and are now working on attaining realizations. May our practice of compassion alleviate the sufferings of infinite beings who transmigrate endlessly through the realms of samsara. May all these beings quickly awaken and be freed. Look for the video link to Geshe Jinpa’s teaching in our next e-blast.
If you didn’t get a chance to purchase Geshe Jinpa’s book, you can do so here. There were still a few autographed copies at UW Bookstore earlier today, but likely going fast. Hope to see you at the 5 week study group on Compassion beginning next Tuesday evening (see below)