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.

February 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, February 26, 10am-12pm

In-person & Live-streamed


March Workshop:

Letting Go of the Eight Extremes

We are continually grasping at the eight extremes of phenomena:  production, disintegration, impermanence, permanence, going, coming, singularity and plurality. Using "The Emptiness of Phenomena" section of How to Transform Your Life, we will explore:

  • How things arise from causes and conditions
  • Subtle impermanence
  • How people actually come into our life, and where they go when they leave
  • The emptiness of such things as countries, ethnicities, political parties

This workshop will cover pages 276-283 of How to Transform Your Life.

Saturday, March 19, 10am-12pm

In-person & Live-streamed


May Workshop:

"Only emptiness is true"

We can only understand objects - such as our self, our family, and our world - fully by understanding both their conventional and ultimate natures. Using "Conventional and Ultimate Truths" section of How to Transform Your Life, we will explore:

  • What are conventional & ultimate truths?
  • What is an uncontaminated mind?
  • Clarifying dependent relationships

This workshop will cover pages 283-291 of How to Transform Your Life.

Saturday, May 21, 10am-12pm

In-person & Live-streamed


Date TBD, 2022, Workshop

Date TBD, 2022, Workshop

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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