October Workshop:

How to Pray

Effective meditation depends upon prayer. In Buddhist meditation practice it is prayer that elevates our meditations into the deeply transformative experiences we are seeking. 

Therefore, to make our meditation practice function to change our life, we need to learn how to pray.

In this workshop, we will explore the specific Buddhist prayers used for meditation practice, as well as how to engage in them effectively. We will cover:

  • What is prayer?

  • How does prayer work?

  • What exactly makes our prayers effective?

  • How we can use Buddhist prayer to uplift our meditations and mind


Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

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November Workshop:

 

Plugging into the Power of a Spiritual Guide

To follow a spiritual path confidently and effectively, we need a guide who has taken that path already. If we have such a qualified guide, and we follow them sincerely, we will make swift progress in meditation.

Plugged into the power and wisdom of a qualified Spiritual Guide, we become confident meditators experiencing a magical and meaningful life.

In this workshop we will learn the Buddhist practice of Guru Yoga, the essential method to “plug into” the power and wisdom of a Spiritual Guide. We will explore:

  • What is Guru Yoga?
  • How Guru Yoga helps us make swift progress in meditation
  • What is a qualified Spiritual Guide?


 


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December Workshop:

Blessed, not Bored!

Our everyday lives - our jobs, commutes, chores, etc. - can seem so ordinary and often boring. The people we know and encounter - can just seem like ordinary faulty people. But is this true? How do we know?  What if we’re just looking at our life in an ordinary way?

When we are relying upon a Spiritual Guide, and following their wisdom teachings with faith, every day of our life transforms into a blessed and meaningful experience. In this workshop we will learn how to have such a magical and inspired life, through relying correctly on a qualified Spiritual Guide.

We will explore:

  • The nature of faith and relying upon a Spiritual Guide

  • What are blessings? 

  • What are emanations?


 


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January Workshop:

Living with Buddha at our Heart

What can we see and do when we have enlightened wisdom and compassion? We don’t need to wait until our own enlightenment to have this. By relying upon a qualified Spiritual Guide we can effectively “jumpstart” our enlightened qualities, thereby making swift progress on the spiritual path and benefiting everyone in our life in extraordinary ways.

In this workshop, we will learn how to create a special connection to our Spiritual Guide’s enlightened wisdom, compassion and power so that we can truly benefit others every day. This practice is so simple and easy, we can put it into practice right away!

We will learn in this workshop:

  • The special qualities of the enlightened mind

  • How to bring Wisdom Buddha to our heart

  • Special ways of benefiting others


 


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In-Depth Workshop Series 2022:

The  Practice of Relying  on a Spiritual Guide

In Buddhist practice, the root of our spiritual path is relying upon a specially qualified teacher, known as a Spiritual Guide. If we meet a pure Spiritual Guide and follow their guidance sincerely with faith we can accomplish spiritual realizations of liberation and enlightenment without difficulty.

Learn systematically how to invigorate your meditations and your life by relying upon a Spiritual Guide. We will explore step-by-step the methods for engaging with a Spiritual Guide, so that our meditations are effective and we swiftly make progress on our spiritual path.

Everyone is welcome. Each workshop includes chanted prayers, teaching and guided meditation.

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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