October 1st, 2022 -to December 10. Introduction to Buddhist Meditation. Weekly Saturday morning class on Zoom. Registration required. No fee to attend. Class facilitator: Jordan Van Voast, M.Ac., a student of Yangsi Rinpoche and Venerable Thubten Chodron, among others. More details here.
2023. We will be offering twice monthly events in the East Greenlake neighborhood – January 15, 29, February 12, 26, and March 12, 26. Our spiritual guide, Yangsi Rinpoche, President of Maitripa College in Portland, Oregon graduated with the degree of Lharampa Geshe (equivalent to Ph.D. in Buddhist Philosophy) from Sera Je Monastery and who has been teaching in the West for almost 30 years, is exceptionally skilled at engaging westerners in exploring the landscape of the mind. Ehipassiko – come and see for yourself! Venerable Lozang Yontang is on the faculty at Maitripa and teaches worldwide. We look forward to seeing you. Details here.
Friday, January 28, 7:00 to 9:00p.m. Thought Transformation (Lojong). Lojong (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོང་,Wylie: blo sbyong) is a mind training practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of aphorisms formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Geshe Chekawa. The practice involves refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes in order to bring about the enlightenment of oneself and all other sentient beings.
Saturday, January 29, 11:00a.m to 1:00p.m. Medicine Buddha Empowerment (jenang). By invoking the Medicine Buddha, one is empowered to heal all physical and mental illness, and ultimately the disease of living in a cycle of never ending problems, thus enabling complete purification of all disease and their causes, leading to complete enlightenment. This practice is especially important now in this time of pandemic and environmental deterioration.
Renowned for his keen intelligence and dynamic teaching style, Jhado Rinpoche is also highly acclaimed for his ability to engage Western students in ways that are interesting and personally relevant. In addition to these qualities, Rinpoche is also well known and loved for his gentle demeanor and his kindness.
Interdependence and Our Ecological Crisis
A series of online forums creating a safe space for honest, often difficult conversations about the climate emergency and related ecological, social and economic crises. Climate threats, biodiversity loss, threats to food and water supply, racial violence and injustice, deep economic inequality, war, refugees, homelessness, pandemics—these are all connected. This series has two aims: 1) To break through layers of denial and open to a more honest acceptance of the accelerating ecological breakdown, and 2) To present a variety of Buddhist, Indigenous, and other perspectives to inform and inspire wise, compassionate, action.