Emptiness Workshop Series

Learning the Wisdom of Emptiness, Step-by-Step

Of all Buddha’s teachings, none are more far-reaching and transformative than the teachings on emptiness, the true nature of reality. It is through our understanding of emptiness – in particular, the freedom that we experience as a result – that we can then come to solve all our problems and be of maximum benefit to others.

Learn systematically how to meditate on Buddha’s profound teachings on emptiness, using Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s special condensed presentation of emptiness in How to Transform Your Life, titled “Ultimate Bodhichitta.” In this series of workshops we will systematically go through each section of this presentation, contemplating important passages and engaging in meditation to help bring these deeper into our heart.

This wisdom solves all our daily problems and is essential for the effectiveness of Tantric practice.

These workshops are offered in-person and live-streamed. Everyone is welcome. Each workshop includes chanted prayers, teaching and guided meditation.

September Workshop:

Appearances are like Dreams

This workshop introduces us to emptiness and the training of "ultimate bodhichitta." Launching into the Ultimate Bodhichitta chapter of How to Transform Your Life, we will explore:

  • Why meditate on emptiness?
  • The correct motivation for meditating on emptiness
  • What is emptiness?

This workshop will cover pages 251-256 of How to Transform Your Life.




Saturday, September 11, 10am-12pm

In-person & Live-streamed

October Workshop:

How the body we normally see does not exist

In Condensed Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, Buddha says, "If you search for your body with wisdom, you cannot find it." In this workshop we will learn how the true nature of our body is empty like space. Using "The Emptiness of Our Body" section of How to Transform Your Life, we will explore:

  • What exactly is your body? Where is your body?
  • How to meditate on the emptiness of our body
  • The true nature verses the deceptive nature of our body

This workshop will cover pages 256-267 of How to Transform Your Life.

Saturday, October 9, 10am-12pm

In-person & Live-streamed


November Workshop:

The emptiness of our mind and feelings

Understanding the emptiness of our mind gives us great confidence to completely transform our mind through meditation. Using "The Emptiness of Our Mind" section of How to Transform Your Life, we will explore:

  • The conventional and ultimate nature of our mind
  • The relationship between our mind and all phenomena
  • How to meditate on the emptiness of our mind

This workshop will cover pages 267-268 of How to Transform Your Life.

Saturday, November 13, 10am-12pm

In-person & Live-streamed


December Workshop:

Disappearing our ordinary self

The root of our suffering and problems lies in grasping strongly at our ordinary self, the self that we normally see. Using "The Emptiness of Our I" section of How to Transform Your Life, we will explore:

  • The self that we normally see - who is this?
  • How to meditate on the emptiness of our self
  • Who actually exists - who is meditating?

This workshop will cover pages 268-276 of How to Transform Your Life.

Saturday, December 11, 10am-12pm

In-person & Live-streamed


January 2022 Workshop

February 2022 Workshop

March 2022 Workshop

April 2022 Workshop

The Emptiness of Phenomena

Conventional and Ultimate Truths

The Union of the Two Truths

Practicing Emptiness in our Daily Life

With Resident Teacher Trina Gunther

Trina Gunther is a long-time practitioner of Modern Kadampa Buddhism. She has studied and practiced in Dharma centers under Gen-la Dekyong and Gen Rigpa, and she has worked as Education Program Coordinator at centers in Los Angeles and the UK. She is an inspiring example of a lay practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism, and brings with her a wealth of practical experience of putting Buddha's teachings into practice amidst a busy daily life.

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