Events & Announcements
Yangsi Rinpoche is the President of Maitripa College in Portland. We are very fortunate to have Rinpoche as DFF’s spiritual director as he is a highly regarded Buddhist teacher around the world. He speaks in an engaging, interactive, and humorous style which encourages the student to investigate Buddhist philosophy and make it direct and personal. DFF hosts Rinpoche several times a year. Our current meeting space is at 2109 31st Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144. Please join us for a wonderful journey of spiritual discovery in community and friendship. You are also invited to participate in a vegetarian potluck lunch (bring a dish if you are able). We will be hosting Rinpoche on the following dates from 10am to ~3pm.
(December event cancelled; Rinpoche will be speaking at the Mind & Life Conference in India).
Robina Courtin – October 15, 7:00 p.m. in Seattle. Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Avenue, Level 4, Room 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
How do we live in the world, working for positive change, without getting lost in the many disappointments and tragedies of modern life? How do we free ourselves from worldly attachments while being effective agents for social change in struggles for racial justice, civil rights, animal welfare, peace, climate activism, ecology, etc.? Venerable Robina Courtin, a deeply engaged spiritual leader and Buddhist nun for over thirty five years will explore the topic of balanced social engagement with humor and insight during an evening sure to inspire new perspectives on the skillful blending of spiritual practice with social activism. Download the flyer HERE. This teaching, as all teachings at DFF is offered freely, with no admission fee. If you would like to sponsor the significant costs involved in hosting this event, please mail us a check, our visit our PayPal page.
Nepal is experiencing great suffering and need at this time in the wake of the devastating earthquake. Please dedicate prayers both for those who have passed, and those injured and without food or shelter.
If you are able to give, Yangsi Rinpoche recommends the following organizations: Tzu Chi Foundation Nepal Fund for general disaster relief, and FPMT Earthquake Support Fund to specifically help Kopan Monastery and other related organizations. Thank you.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa
at Kane Hall
University of Washington
May 13, 2015
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)