Heart Jewel Workshops      FALL 2023 - SPRING 2024

Developing a Powerful Daily  Meditation Practice

Daily meditation practice is an essential part of an authentic spiritual life. However, in our busy modern lives, most of us need a powerful daily practice that is also concise and practical. Heart Jewel is such a practice and therefore is exceptionally well-suited for modern Buddhist practitioners.

The daily practice of Kadampa Buddhism is Heart Jewel, which combines special wisdom prayers with meditation for an inner transformative journey that increases our compassion, wisdom and spiritual power.

By practicing Heart Jewel regularly and sincerely, we will make our life extremely meaningful and make steady spiritual progress in daily life! 

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

In this series of in-depth workshops we will learn the deeper meaning of Heart Jewel practice and how to experience its many benefits, using the book titled Heart Jewel, by Venerable Geshe Keslang Gyatso Rinpoche.

Workshop 4:  The Power of the Migtsema Prayer

Registration

Saturday, February 24  |  10am-12pm

with Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

The very essence of Heart Jewel practice is the Migtsema Prayer, a short but powerful prayer that contains the meaning of all Buddha’s 84,000 teachings. By reciting this prayer we will protect ourselves from obstacles and draw ever closer to the pure happiness of enlightenment! In this workshop we will learn:

  • A prayer emanated by the Wisdom Buddha
  • Why we need faith in Je Tsongkhapa
  • Using Migstema to become closer to Je Tsongkhapa

Heart Jewel Book, Chapters: The Migtsema Prayer & Close Retreat

Workshop 5:  Relying on a Dharma Protector

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Saturday, March 23  |  10am-12pm

with Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

All of us have numerous obstacles to spiritual practice and spiritual progress. In order to overcome these obstacles and have good conditions for our spiritual practice, we need an enlightened Dharma Protector! With Heart Jewel practice we become protected by Dorje Shugden, an enlightened wisdom protector who benefits us in so many ways.

  • What is a Dharma Protector
  • Why we need a Dharma Protector
  • Who is Dorje Shugden?
  • Previous incarnations of the Dharma Protector

Heart Jewel Book, Chapters:  Introduction to the Dharma Protector & Previous Incarnations of the Dharma Protector

Workshop 6:  The Nature & Function of Dorje Shugden

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Saturday, April 27  |  10am-12pm

with Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

The Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden appears in an awe-inspiring manner, surrounded by an extraordinary gathering of enlightened beings who are part of his mandala. In this workshop we will learn how visualizing Dorje Shugden and his mandala with faith leads us to all the realizations of Sutra and Tantra, especially:

  • Why rely on Dorje Shugden
  • Dorje Shugden’s mandala and four types of action
  • Dorje Shugden’s appearance and function

Heart Jewel Book, Chapter:  The Nature and Function of the Dharma Protector

Workshop 7:  How to Rely on a Dharma Protector

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Saturday, May 18  |  10am-12pm

with Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

The Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden always helps, guides and protects pure and faithful practitioners by granting blessings, increasing their wisdom, and bestowing success on all their Dharma activities. In this workshop we will learn how to receive this crucial help:

  • Benefits of relying on Dorje Shugden
  • The way to rely upon Dorje Shugden effectively
  • Our powerful ally
  • The Heart Commitments of Dorje Shugden

Heart Jewel Book, Chapter:  The Nature and Function of the Dharma Protector & The Way to Rely on the Dharma Protector

 

Workshop 8:  The Meaning of Dorje Shugden Prayers

Registration

Date - TBD  |  10am-12pm

with Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

In this workshop we will explore the meaning of our daily prayers and requests to Dorje Shugden in Heart Jewel practice. We will also dive into the longer practices of Dorje Shugden, their special meanings and powerful protection:

  • The meaning of Heart Jewel prayers to Dorje Shugden
  • A brief overview of the longer Dorje Shugden practices: Wishfulfilling Jewel & Melodious Drum (as prelude to Spring Festival)

Heart Jewel Book, Chapter: The Way to Rely on the Dharma Protector + Heart Jewel, Wishfulfilling Jewel and Melodious Drum prayer booklets

Don't miss:  2024 International Spring Festival

This festival can be attend both in-person and on-line!  Click on the banner above for more information.

With Resident Teacher Kadam Trina Gunther

Kadam 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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