What is Buddhism, Exactly?
Jun
26
8:00 PM20:00

What is Buddhism, Exactly?

What is Buddhism exactly?

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There are so many expressions of Buddhist wisdom—they say in the text 84,000 different methods. But what is the common thread, the essence, that runs through all of these traditions? And what does this wisdom have to do with us, right here and now? These are  important questions—not only for people just entering onto a path of study and meditation, but also for those who have been practicing the Buddhadharma for a long time, and have questions about how to make it a living experience.

Elizabeth Namgyel would like to explore these questions with you, engage in some dialogue, and also introduce a short guided meditation.

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Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening

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One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said: “You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?

  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?

  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?

  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?

  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher? 

In this gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves. 

Please check back soon for registration details.

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Claiming Agency for our Own Awakening
Jun
28
to Jun 30

Claiming Agency for our Own Awakening

One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said:“You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?

  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?

  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?

  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?

  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher? 

In this evening gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves. 

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Nyingma Summer Seminar - Ward, CO
Jul
13
to Jul 21

Nyingma Summer Seminar - Ward, CO

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Nyingma Summer Seminar presents a complete survey of the Buddhist path through teachings on the Three Yanas: Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Elizabeth joins Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Norbu and Pema Chodron in this much loved annual event.

July 13-21, 2019

Phuntsok Choling

Ward, Colorado USA

 

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH, 2019

Pema Chödrön teaching at the 2016 Nyingma Summer Seminar

Pema Chödrön teaching at the 2016 Nyingma Summer Seminar

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SCHEDULE (MST):

Registration Opens 1st Day

7:30am

Opening Chants & Sitting (or lhasang 1st day)

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8:30am - 9:40am

AM Talk

10:00am - 12:00pm

Lunch

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meetings/Discussion Groups

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Seva

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Sitting

2:15pm - 2:45pm

PM Talk

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Closing Chants

5:00pm - 5:30pm

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LAST DAY SCHEDULE:

Opening Chants & Sitting

8:30am - 9:40am

Talk, Tsok, Conclusion

10:00am - 2:00pm (est)

Light Snacks

2:00pm (est)

Tent Take-Down & Seva

3:00pm - 6:00pm




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MSB Shedra
Sep
7
to Sep 15

MSB Shedra

  • Phuntsok Choling Ward, CO (map)
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MSB Shedra

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will teach from Shantideva's Bodhisattvacarayavatara in Mangala Shri Bhuti's Shedra which takes place over two weekends in September.

The Bodhisattvacarayavatara (The Bodhisattva’s way of life) is one of the most illustrious and renowned Mahayana classics. In particular, the 9th chapter, which elucidates the meaning of the Transcendent Wisdom of Emptiness, lies at the very heart of all Buddhist practice and realization. Shantideva himself says in the very first verse of this chapter: “This entire preparation the Sage taught for the sake of wisdom. Thus, one wishing to bring an end to suffering should develop wisdom.”

This text opens our understanding of relative and absolute truth, or emptiness. It clarifies deep rooted personal and philosophical misunderstandings we may have about the Middle Way or Madhyamika teachings through its progressive examination and refutation of all the philosophical approaches to existence and non-existence, as well as the relationship of mind to matter, leading up to totral, absolute truth beyond the four extremes. Do not miss this opportunity!

Each weekend includes 5 talks, question and answer sessions with Rinpoche, and discussion groups. Note: Rinpoche's teaching may refer to Kunzang Pelden's The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, and we recommend that participant's bring a copy in addition to the Bodhisattvacarayavatara.

Video Streaming Video streaming is available, and streamers will also have the opportunity to ask Rinpoche questions through email and chat. All video streamers will also have access to the video recordings for 30 days following the event. Learn more about video streaming here.

 

More on the Shedra and the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

Rinpoche’s appreciation for The Way of the Bodhisattva knows no bounds. In his commentary, he opens a door to the treasury of knowledge embedded in these elegant, humorous, and delightful verses. And his embodiment of the honor and spirit of the bodhisattva path encourages us to live the life the The Way of the Bodhisattva recommends. 

"No text has had a greater influence on the minds of the teachers of India and Tibet than The Way of the Bodhisattva. Nor does it have any equal in its ability to transform the minds of beings." --Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

A shedra is a traditional monastic college of higher learning, with a course of study lasting from ten to thirteen years. Unlike most general dharma programs, MSB's Shedra program presents the teachings in much greater depth, using traditional textual structure, terminology and logic. Debate practice along with Q&A is employed to sharpen students' knowledge.

 

FRIDAY SCHEDULE, Moutain Time
Talk 6:00 - 8:00 pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCHEDULE, Mountain Time
Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation: 8:30-9:30 am
Break: 9:30-10:00 am
Morning Talk: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm
Discussion Groups: 1:00-1:45 pm
Afternoon Talk: 2:00-4:00 pm
Closing Chants: 4:00-4:30 pm
Clean up: 4:30-5:00 pm

 



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Burning with Love in a World We Can’t Fix
Oct
11
to Oct 12

Burning with Love in a World We Can’t Fix

The title refers to the Mahayana Buddhist practice tradition of bodhicittathe Sanskrit term for awakening the heart.

With simultaneous translation and only 80 available sits for the open public retreat. We will offer transfer + accommodation and meals all included in the pack of the retreat. Besides the open public retreat with Lama Elizabeth, she will be teaching at the postgraduation group at Paz & Mente. This class is also possible for open public. Please contact the coordination.

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The practice of awakening the heart (bodhicitta) is not a religious endeavor, but rather a first person exploration of what is possible when we begin to unfold our greatest human potential by stepping out of our habituated, fixated mindsets into a deeper understanding of the interdependence of all things. It provides direct and practical means for directly facing some basic human questions: How do we habituate our heart to stay open? How do we respond to the suffering we encounter in the world without getting overwhelmed or rigidly trying to fix it? What is the difference between fixing and healing? This practice also provides us with teachings on how to make an aspiration, how to work with difficult situations, how to deepen our insight through meditation, and how to develop genuine altruism.

To register please, contact secretaria@pazemente.com.br or +55 48 996868659 or +55 48 988551219

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Burning With Love in a World We Can't Fix
Oct
16
to Oct 20

Burning With Love in a World We Can't Fix

Interdependence and the idea of Peace and Conflicts 

Postgraduation program on Peace and Conflict Transformation based on emotional balance, organized by Paz & Mente Brazil

The practice of awakening the heart (bodhicitta) is not a religious endeavor, but rather a first person exploration of what is possible when we begin to unfold our greatest human potential by stepping out of our habituated, fixated mindsets into a deeper understanding of the interdependence of all things. It provides direct and practical means for directly facing some basic human questions: How do we habituate our heart to stay open? How do we respond to the suffering we encounter in the world without getting overwhelmed or rigidly trying to fix it? What is the difference between fixing and healing? This practice also provides us with teachings on how to make an aspiration, how to work with difficult situations, how to deepen our insight through meditation, and how to develop genuine altruism.


The weekend will include teachings and meditation practice and lively discussions are sure to happen, too!

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Drupchö (Practice Intensive) - Crestone, CO
Oct
26
to Nov 2

Drupchö (Practice Intensive) - Crestone, CO

Dechen Gyalmo Drupcho

In the Dechen Gyalmo drupcho, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and MSB members practice the dakini sadhana from the Longchen Nyingthik tradition. The focus of these practice intensives is on accumulating 100,000 tsok offering prayers.

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The merit, or positive intention and action, of the drupcho is dedicated to world peace, the longevity of masters who are teaching in the world, greater compassion towards all beings, genuine spiritual progress on the path, and harmony both within the sangha and the larger community of Buddhist practitioners, as well as throughout the world. Rinpoche has spoken of drupcho practice as a “wish-fulfilling jewel” for bringing about accomplishments on the path, and a true labor of love.

The intimate environment of a drupcho is a precious opportunity to be in the presence of the teacher's bodhicitta. To make prayers and aspirations alongside his, in the spirit of compassion and wisdom that he embodies, is a profound and often life-changing experience.

This program is open to everyone who has gone through the MSB Lineage Ceremony. For questions about attendance, please write to the Study and Practice department. If you can't make it to the program, you can still share the merit of these feast practices by making an offering.

SCHEDULE:

Saturday to Friday

7:30 am -- Set Up
9:00 am -- First Session
11:30 am -- Second Session
12:30 pm -- Lunch & Lungta Rota
2:30 pm -- Third Session
4:50 pm -- Fourth Session
7:00 pm -- Clean Up

Siddhis Day (Final Saturday)

5:00 am -- Practice Begins
Plan for a long day to fully clean the center at the end of the practice.

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The Logic of Faith
Jun
21
to Jun 23

The Logic of Faith

The Logic of Faith looks into how we tend to seek comfort in ideas, even though they can’t provide real comfort. Elizabeth beautifully illuminates the possibility of getting free from the prison of our ideas, by softening into uncertainty and developing real faith. A rich and helpful book.

— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

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Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand--but Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. And if we look carefully, we'll discover that the faith impulse isn't separate from reason at all--faith and logic in fact work together in a playful and dynamic relationship that reveals the profoundest kind of truth--a truth beyond the limits of "is" and "is not." Using the traditional Buddhist teachings on dependent arising, Elizabeth leads us on an experiential journey to discover the essential interdependence of everything--and through that thrilling discovery to open ourselves to the whole wonderful range of human experience.

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the buddhadharma for more than thirty years under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, whose books she has edited. Retreat master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling in Southern Colorado, she teaches extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She is also the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha's Path to Freedom.

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The Mind of an Open Question
Jun
19
to Jun 20

The Mind of an Open Question

  • Rigpa Center - Valencia (map)
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The Mind of an Open Question

It is in those moments that we give ourselves over to the mystery and fullness of life, that we are able to experience our own brilliance.”  Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel


Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel uses the phrase “the mind of an open question” to describe the greatest potential of the human mind. When we ask an open question, the mind becomes naturally curious and engaged, creating a fertile environment for learning and clear discernment. 

We may have a tendency to think the qualities of openness and curiosity are naive, passive, or vague, and assume that genuine confidence comes only from holding definitive conclusions about things within our mind.  But in the tradition of the Buddha’s wisdom, inquiry is highly valued and considered a practical and crucial element for clear seeing. The mind that does not close down around its object in a determinate way finds protection from the extremes of fundamentalism and doubt. This increases our ability to read patterns, take in vital information, and to make choices that bring our actions together with our intentions.

In accord with the topic of open questioning, Elizabeth’s method for teaching aligns with the traditional methods of inquiry found in Mahayana Buddhism. She inspires us into rethinking how we look at mind and its world and how to cultivate our most precious asset on the path: the mind of an open question. People find her approach to the material lively, disarming, and empowering.

Please stand by for the exact time and date of this event.


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Claiming Agency for our Own Awakening
Jun
15
to Jun 16

Claiming Agency for our Own Awakening

One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said:“You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?

  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?

  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?

  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?

  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher? 

In this two-day gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves. 

REGISTER

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Burning With Love in a World We Can't Fix
Jun
12
to Jun 13

Burning With Love in a World We Can't Fix

Whether we practice or not is based upon how we respond to the joys and suffering in the world in which we live. And so at times when we feel challenged we need to “refresh” our connection to the practical nature of the Buddha’s message, what it means, and how to apply it.

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Naro Kachoma (detail) by Tara DiGesu

When the Buddha gained insight into the secret of the universe, he revealed the powerful principle of pratityasamutpada, which is commonly known in its English translation as “dependent arising.” Pratityasamutpada describes how everything we experience—both material and conscious—arises, plays out, and falls away in reliance upon an infinite web of contingent relationships. In other words, it is because things “depend” that life moves and we can experience it. 

This insight has deep implications. It means that as citizens of the great nature of contingent expression, we are not in total command and only see a little piece of things. Because the world is dynamic and not a singular truth for any one individual, it is not a resolvable situation. But this doesn’t mean we are not effective. Because “everything leans,” everything we do matters. And so we need to move through life with special care–everything has reverberating effects. This is deeply instructive.

From this humble stance, I can respond to the joy and suffering in the world without the anxiety and desperation that comes from thinking I can fix it. When I receive an email with a petition concerning the pipeline at Standing Rock, it moves me deeply and I sign it. If I see someone on the street that needs food, I help them out. All day long there are ample opportunities to “see” people–to extend love and warmth. This kind of human care and contact is powerful and effective. It is not a principle, but a matter of the heart.

 The embodiment of this kind of approach is the practice of a bodhisattva. I ask myself, what is a bodhisattva? It is someone whose path of awakening is intrinsically linked with serving others. And it is also the wisdom of knowing that the world itself is not a fixable situation. If I were to define a bodhisattva I might say: it is someone who burns with love in a world that can’t be fixed. We have a choice to not fall into despair, check out, or try to fix. Can we bear the bigness of such an approach?

 

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Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening
Jun
7
to Jun 9

Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening

One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said:“You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

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  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?

  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?

  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?

  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?

  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher? 

In this weekend retreat, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves. 

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Burning with Love in a World We Can't Fix
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Burning with Love in a World We Can't Fix

The path of bodhicitta, or “awakened heart,” is the surest way to a healthy and meaningful life. 

To follow this path is to become an aspiring bodhisattva dedicated to the service of others.   It isalso to explore what we can become as human beings—the greatest unfolding of our human potential. 

The path is infinitely rewarding, and also infinitely challenging. 

In this evening talk, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel addresses the meaning and practice of the way of bodhicitta, which she calls, at its heart, a dedication to burn with love in an unfixable world.  

Working with our experience. 

We live in a world where everything we experience arises, plays out, and falls away in an infinite web of dependent relationships. The world is infinitely big, and though we can never grasp it, this path asks of us to have an equally big mind.  

Our greatest challenge as practitioners is to avoid solidifying and reducing our world.  We tend to do this by falling into the twin traps of trying to “fix” the suffering we encounter, on the one hand, or giving in to despair and numbness at that suffering, on the other. 

The way to meet this challenge is to act in the knowledge that because “everything leans,” everything we do matters. Because of these reverberating effects, to be effective practitioners of open heart we need to move through life with special effort and special care. 

A practical approach

But how do we do this in practice?

This path isn’t something we can Get Right.  But it is something we work on actively. It is in the effort, joy, and curiosity that we bring to our bodhicitta practice that our world expands ever more beyond our self-absorption,  the cause of so much of our own pain. 

It’s from this humble stance that those aspiring to an open-hearted life can respond to the suffering in the world without the anxiety and desperation that comes from thinking they can fix it. 

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Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening

  • Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling--Vershire, VT (map)
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One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said: “You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?

  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?

  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?

  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?

  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher? 

In this two-day gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves. 


Registration

Early Bird Registration
(through May 18th)
Full Program:  $160
Per Day: $85

Standard Registration
(after May 18th)
Full Program:  $180
Per Day: $95
Registration includes a vegetarian lunch with dairy-free and gluten-free options.

REGISTER TO ATTEND IN-PERSON

Video Streaming
Full Program: $75
Video streaming tickets include access to all four live-streamed talks, with an opportunity to participate in Q&A. Tickets also include access to the video recordings for 30 days following the talk's conclusion.

PURCHASE VIDEO STREAMING

Video on Demand
Full Program:  $70
Purchasers will receive an access code for video viewing on Vimeo after the live event, when the videos are posted.  Viewers will have access to the talks until June 3, 2020. All talks must be viewed from the Vimeo site. 

PURCHASE VIDEO ON DEMAND


Schedule

SATURDAY (EST) 

Registration  8:00-8:30am
Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation  8:30-9:30am
Talk 1  10:00am-12:00pm
Lunch  12:15-1:15pm
Discussion Groups  1:15-2:15pm
Sitting  2:30-3:00pm
Talk 2  3:00-5:00pm
Closing Chants  5:00-5:30pm

SUNDAY
Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation  8:30-9:30am
Talk 3  10:00am-12:00pm
Lunch/Discussion Groups  12:15-1:45pm
Sitting  2:00-2:30pm
Talk 4  2:30-4:30pm

Closing Chants  4:30-5:00pm

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How to Bear Witness Without Closing Your Heart
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

How to Bear Witness Without Closing Your Heart

Each morning as we turn on the radio or open our apps, the news reflects impossibly complex situations far beyond the reach of individual action. For most of us, the natural response is to feel compelled to do something to fix the conditions that cause suffering.  

While we may witness short-term outcomes from our own and others’ activism, it’s difficult not to also feel numbed, fatigued and overwhelmed.

Murray Nossel will interview Buddhist teacher and author, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel who brings a fresh perspective to activism, by probing Buddhist views on suffering, compassion and efficacy. Murray is director of Narativ and The World Mother Storytelling Project as well as a student and practitoner of Buddhism.

  • How do we bear witness without closing our hearts?  

  • What is the difference between despair and compassion?

  • How to bring a fresh perspective and a deep compassion to our activism.  

  • How can we view the future with optimism and confidence rather than sinking into hopelessness and despair

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Faith: A Buddhist Perspective
Apr
26
to Apr 27

Faith: A Buddhist Perspective

  • New York Insight Meditation Center (map)
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Faith: A Buddhist Perspective
 
with Sharon Salzberg and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel


Friday evening 7:00-9:00 pm. Sliding scale $45-85; register here.

Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 10:00am – 5:00pm. Sliding scale $90-165; register here.
 

In contemporary culture, we often struggle with faith and may wonder if it is a necessary element for spiritual development. We may have experienced faith threaded with the disempowerment that comes from handing over agency to an authority figure, or associate it with dogma, fundamentalism, or being silenced. In this weekend program, we will explore a different sense of faith. We will discuss how it can connect us to a deeper place of strength within us and to a bigger picture of life. This type of faith increases confidence, openness, and appreciation. 

Sharon and Elizabeth would like to invite you to join them in an exploration of this lively and provocative topic which takes us right to the heart of the human condition. Each has written books dedicated to exploring faith because of how important it is to more deeply understand it.

This topic will be offered as a Friday evening program as well as a full Daylong practice on Saturday and will include discourses, discussion, and guided meditations. It is suitable for both new and experienced meditators. Please join us for one session or both as these two days can stand alone as complete experiences or build on each other for a rich weekend of practice and discussion. 

The registration fee includes teacher support. If you wish to give more in addition to the registration fee, the total (registration fees and additional contributions) will be shared between NYI and the teacher(s).

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Festival of Faiths: Faith & Science
Apr
24
6:15 PM18:15

Festival of Faiths: Faith & Science

  • The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts (map)
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6:15 pm | SACRED COSMOS | Journey of the Universe

*Free & Open to Public*

Hosted at the Kentucky Science Center
Moderated by Mary Evelyn Tucker in conversation with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Woman Stands Shining, Rabbi Nadia Siritsky, and Dr. Marium Husain

This opening celebration of the 24th annual Festival of Faiths includes a conversation among wisdom keepers of diverse faith traditions as they respond to a short excerpt from the Journey film titled, Becoming a Planetary Presence. This program will examine the evolution of human consciousness into a worldview where nature was inferior. The conversation that follows will explore how we might restore our relationship to the Earth through a deeper understanding of both faith and science.

*Journey of the Universe is an Emmy Award winning film that narrates the 14 billion year story of the universe’s development. Journey weaves science and humanities in a new way that allows for a comprehensive sense of mystery and awe to arise. This is in alignment with the call of the environmental ethicist, J. Baird Callicott, to “reintegrate science and its epistemology into the wider culture by expressing the new nature of Nature as revealed by the sciences, in the grammar of the humanities.” Such an approach expands the human perspective beyond an anthropocentric worldview to one that values life’s complexity and sees the role of humans as critical to the further flourishing of the Earth community.

Journey of the Universe, in its entirety, will be screening daily at the Kentucky Science Center Monday, April 22 through Saturday, April 27 at 5:00 PM, and a second screening on Saturday, April 27 at 8:00 PM. Thanks to the generosity of the Kentucky Science Center all screenings of the film will be free and open to the public. Additional information available here.

2019 FESTIVAL of FAITHS
SACRED COSMOS: FAITH & SCIENCE

April 25-27, 2019
Pre-Festival Events | April 24, 2019
Louisville, KY

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Drupchö (Practice Intensive) - Crestone, CO
Jan
19
to Jan 26

Drupchö (Practice Intensive) - Crestone, CO

  • Samten Ling - Crestone, CO (map)
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Rigdzin Dupa Drupcho

Every winter Elizabeth and her son, Dungse Jampal Norbu, lead a Rigdzin Dupa drupcho at Samten Ling, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat center in Crestone, Colorado.   The focus of this practice intensive is on accumulating 100,000 tsok (feast) offering prayers dedicated to world peace, the longevity of the teacher, a call to the spirit of unbiased compassion towards all beings, spiritual progress on the path, and harmony within the Mangala Shri Bhuti sangha, the larger community of Buddhist practitioners, as well as throughout the world. This program runs simultaneously with the drupcho led by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche at the Mangala Shri Bhuti center near Boulder, CO.

This program is not open to the public. However, during our practice sessions we traditionally collect and include prayer requests. These can be individual requests, for instance for a family member who is ill, or for someone who has passed away. They can also be aspirations for the wellbeing of a particular community or the world at large. If the request concerns an individual it is stronger to have a name. However, if the situation is personal, it is fine to keep the request anonymous.

If you would like to send in a request you can simply email it to: prayerrequests108@gmail.com 

Requests will be collected through January 25th.

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Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening
Dec
1
to Dec 2

Claiming Agency for Our Own Awakening

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One of the most powerful qualities of the Buddhist teachings is that we are asked to honor and develop our own discerning intelligence or prajna. In fact, the Buddha himself said:“You are the agent of your own awakening.” This statement is a call to our natural intelligence—our ability to rise and discover our deepest potential.

However, when we begin to investigate the point where our discerning intelligence meets with the teachings, many questions and challenges may arise:

  • Does a practice of devotion to the teachings or teacher mean that you have to abdicate your discerning intelligence?

  • Does exercising agency mean then that you are not genuinely open to the teachings? How do you discern between egoic intention and open clarity?

  • What are the qualities of an authentic student? How does one poise one’s mind for insight?

  • What is the difference between “being right” and an experience of genuine certitude?

  • How do the teachings shape our relationships to our community, friends and family, and our teacher? 

In this two-day gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of what it means to be a student, and how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher, sangha, and the teachings themselves. 

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SATURDAY SCHEDULE (MST)
Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation: 8:30-9:30 am MT
Break: 9:30-10:00 am  
Morning Talk: 10:00 am-12:00 pm  
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm  
Discussion Groups: 1:00-1:45 pm  
Afternoon Talk: 2:00-4:00 pm  
Closing Chants: 4:00-4:30 pm  
 
SUNDAY SCHEDULE (MST)
Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation: 8:30-9:30 am
Break: 9:30-10:00 am
Morning Talk: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm

For more information, please contact Jen Kern.

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Drupchö (Practice Intensive) - Crestone, CO
Oct
6
to Oct 13

Drupchö (Practice Intensive) - Crestone, CO

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In the Dechen Gyalmo drupcho, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and MSB members practice the dakini sadhana from the Longchen Nyingthik tradition. The focus of these practice intensives is on accumulating 100,000 tsok offering prayers.

The merit, or positive intention and action, of the drupcho is dedicated to world peace, the longevity of masters who are teaching in the world, greater compassion towards all beings, genuine spiritual progress on the path, and harmony both within the sangha and the larger community of Buddhist practitioners, as well as throughout the world. Rinpoche has spoken of drupcho practice as a “wish-fulfilling jewel” for bringing about accomplishments on the path, and a true labor of love.

The intimate environment of a drupcho is a precious opportunity to be in the presence of the teacher's bodhicitta. To make prayers and aspirations alongside his, in the spirit of compassion and wisdom that he embodies, is a profound and often life-changing experience.

This program is open to everyone who has gone through the MSB Lineage Ceremony. For questions about attendance, please write to the Study and Practice department. If you can't make it to the program, you can still share the merit of these feast practices by making an offering.

SCHEDULE:

Saturday to Friday

7:30 am -- Set Up
9:00 am -- First Session
11:30 am -- Second Session
12:30 pm -- Lunch & Lungta Rota
2:30 pm -- Third Session
4:50 pm -- Fourth Session
7:00 pm -- Clean Up

Siddhis Day (Final Saturday)

5:00 am -- Practice Begins
Plan for a long day to fully clean the center at the end of the practice.

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MSB Shedra - Ward, CO
Sep
7
to Sep 16

MSB Shedra - Ward, CO

Two weekends: September 7-9 and September 14-16

 

MSB Shedra

Shantideva, the author of Bodhisattvacaryavatara

Shantideva, the author of Bodhisattvacaryavatara

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will teach the revered ninth chapter of Shantideva's Bodhisattvacarayavatara in Mangala Shri Bhuti's Shedra which takes place over two weekends in September.

The Bodhisattvacarayavatara (The Bodhisattva’s way of life) is one of the most illustrious and renowned Mahayana classics. In particular, the 9th chapter, which elucidates the meaning of the Transcendent Wisdom of Emptiness, lies at the very heart of all Buddhist practice and realization. Shantideva himself says in the very first verse of this chapter: “This entire preparation the Sage taught for the sake of wisdom. Thus, one wishing to bring an end to suffering should develop wisdom.”

This text opens our understanding of relative and absolute truth, or emptiness. It clarifies deep rooted personal and philosophical misunderstandings we may have about the Middle Way or Madhyamika teachings through its progressive examination and refutation of all the philosophical approaches to existence and non-existence, as well as the relationship of mind to matter, leading up to totral, absolute truth beyond the four extremes. Do not miss this opportunity!

Each weekend includes 5 talks, question and answer sessions with Rinpoche, and discussion groups. Note: Rinpoche's teaching may refer to Kunzang Pelden's The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva, and we recommend that participant's bring a copy in addition to the Bodhisattvacarayavatara.

Video Streaming Video streaming is available, and streamers will also have the opportunity to ask Rinpoche questions through email and chat. All video streamers will also have access to the video recordings for 30 days following the event. Learn more about video streaming here.

 

More on the Shedra and the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

Rinpoche’s appreciation for The Way of the Bodhisattva knows no bounds. In his commentary, he opens a door to the treasury of knowledge embedded in these elegant, humorous, and delightful verses. And his embodiment of the honor and spirit of the bodhisattva path encourages us to live the life the The Way of the Bodhisattva recommends. 

"No text has had a greater influence on the minds of the teachers of India and Tibet than The Way of the Bodhisattva. Nor does it have any equal in its ability to transform the minds of beings." --Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

A shedra is a traditional monastic college of higher learning, with a course of study lasting from ten to thirteen years. Unlike most general dharma programs, MSB's Shedra program presents the teachings in much greater depth, using traditional textual structure, terminology and logic. Debate practice along with Q&A is employed to sharpen students' knowledge.

 

FRIDAY SCHEDULE, Moutain Time
Talk 6:00 - 8:00 pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY SCHEDULE, Mountain Time
Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation: 8:30-9:30 am
Break: 9:30-10:00 am
Morning Talk: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm
Discussion Groups: 1:00-1:45 pm
Afternoon Talk: 2:00-4:00 pm
Closing Chants: 4:00-4:30 pm
Clean up: 4:30-5:00 pm

 

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Mind and Life Europe/Summer Research Institute
Aug
20
to Aug 26

Mind and Life Europe/Summer Research Institute

The theme for the 2018 ESRI edition is 'Kinship, Conflict and Compassion'. The narrative arc for this topic begins with the evolutionary story about the development of a capacity for a kind of high-level cooperation that is probably unique to humans. This capacity for an emergent, distributed cognitive cooperation also requires that the ability to connect with others is favored in human evolution. That ability to connect, however, also comes with a tendency to create an “other”, and thus in-group/out-group distinctions are also a product of this evolutionary process.

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Nyingma Summer Seminar - Ward, CO
Jul
14
to Jul 22

Nyingma Summer Seminar - Ward, CO

Nyingma Summer Seminar

Nyingma Summer Seminar presents a complete survey of the Buddhist path through teachings on the Three Yanas: Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. Elizabeth joins Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Norbu and Pema Chodron in this much loved annual event.

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July 14-22, 2018

Phuntsok Choling

Ward, Colorado USA

Pema Chodron teaching at Nyingma Summer Seminar in 2016

Pema Chodron teaching at Nyingma Summer Seminar in 2016

 

SCHEDULE (MST):

Registration Opens 1st Day

7:30am

Opening Chants & Sitting (or lhasang 1st day)

8:30am - 9:40am

AM Talk

10:00am - 12:00pm

Lunch

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Meetings/Discussion Groups

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Seva

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Sitting

2:15pm - 2:45pm

PM Talk

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Closing Chants

5:00pm - 5:30pm

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LAST DAY SCHEDULE:

Opening Chants & Sitting

8:30am - 9:40am

Talk, Tsok, Conclusion

10:00am - 2:00pm (est)

Light Snacks

2:00pm (est)

Tent Take-Down & Seva

3:00pm - 6:00pm

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Buddhist Arts and Film Festival: Virtual Reality and The Dharma
Jul
8
6:00 PM18:00

Buddhist Arts and Film Festival: Virtual Reality and The Dharma

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Virtual Reality is taking the world by storm. It will revolutionize entertainment and education, but its ultimate potential may rest in its ability to transform our awareness of reality. As an immersive medium unparalleled in history, the essence of VR lies more in art than in technology. Pulling the viewer into an alternate reality, much like the work of the greatest musicians and artists, VR provides a unique opportunity to perceive this reality differently. 

Join Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, Andrew Holecek, and Jordan Quaglia for a panel discussion as they explore the promise and peril of VRthe limitations of spectator art; Alternative World Syndrome; art as escapism; cognitive vs. embodied presence; and a host of other near enemies.

Purchase tickets here.

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Burning with Love in a World We Can't Fix - Co-Teaching Event with Lama Willa Miller - Boston, MA
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Burning with Love in a World We Can't Fix - Co-Teaching Event with Lama Willa Miller - Boston, MA

Whether we practice or not is based upon how we respond to the joys and suffering in the world in which we live. And so at times when we feel challenged we need to “refresh” our connection to the practical nature of the Buddha’s message, what it means, and how to apply it.

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Life Release
Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

Life Release

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Portland, Maine

Time TBA

Beings value nothing more than their own lives. For this reason, saving lives brings tremendous merit, and has always been a central practice of Mahayana Buddhism. MSB students gather together in Portland, Maine, six times a year to buy and release lobsters, and sometimes crabs and other shellfish, back into the wild. Throughout the year people request prayers, either for themselves, for loved ones, for those who have passed, for those who are struggling, or for the world.

We invite you to join Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel and students of Mangala Shri Bhuti for this wonderful practice, which will follow Elizabeth's teachings at Pema Osel over the weekend.

All contributions to the Tsetar Fund are used entirely for ransoming lives. 

Please visit the Tsetar Practice page to read more about this unique and moving practice. 

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Burning With Love in a World We Can't Fix - Vershire, VT
Jun
9
to Jun 10

Burning With Love in a World We Can't Fix - Vershire, VT

  • Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
Traditional Tibetan scroll painting of Naro Kachoma by  Tara di Gesu

Traditional Tibetan scroll painting of Naro Kachoma by Tara di Gesu

The path of bodhicitta, or “awakened heart,” is the surest way to a healthy and meaningful life. 

To follow this path is to become an aspiring bodhisattva dedicated to the service of others.   It isalso to explore what we can become as human beings—the greatest unfolding of our human potential. 

The path is infinitely rewarding, and also infinitely challenging. 

In this weekend retreat, Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel addresses the meaning and practice of the way of bodhicitta, which she calls, at its heart, a dedication to burn with love in an unfixable world.  

Working with our experience. 

We live in a world where everything we experience arises, plays out, and falls away in an infinite web of dependent relationships. The world is infinitely big, and though we can never grasp it, this path asks of us to have an equally big mind.  

Our greatest challenge as practitioners is to avoid solidifying and reducing our world.  We tend to do this by falling into the twin traps of trying to “fix” the suffering we encounter, on the one hand, or giving in to despair and numbness at that suffering, on the other. 

The way to meet this challenge is to act in the knowledge that because “everything leans,” everything we do matters. Because of these reverberating effects, to be effective practitioners of open heart we need to move through life with special effort and special care. 

A practical approach

But how do we do this in practice?

This path isn’t something we can Get Right.  But it is something we work on actively. It is in the effort, joy, and curiosity that we bring to our bodhicitta practice that our world expands ever more beyond our self-absorption,  the cause of so much of our own pain. 

It’s from this humble stance that those aspiring to an open-hearted life can respond to the suffering in the world without the anxiety and desperation that comes from thinking they can fix it. 

Book signing of Elizabeth's new book The Logic of Faith  will take place after the teaching.

 


Four talks will be offered during this two-day teaching event at Pema Osel Do Ngak Choling:

 

Saturday

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8:30 – 9:30  Sitting

10:00 – 12:00 Talk 1

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 Discussion Groups

2:15 – 2:30  Break

2:30– 3:00 Sitting

3:00 - 5:00 Talk 2

 

Sunday

8:30 – 9:30  Sitting

10:00 – 12:00 Talk 1

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 Discussion Groups

2:15 – 2:30  Break

2:30– 3:00 Sitting

3:00 - 5:00 Talk 2

 

Please be in touch with any questions here.

 

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The Logic of Faith
May
31
6:30 PM18:30

The Logic of Faith

“The Logic of Faith looks into how we tend to seek comfort in ideas, even though they can’t provide real comfort. Elizabeth beautifully illuminates the possibility of getting free from the prison of our ideas, by softening into uncertainty and developing real faith. A rich and helpful book.”

— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Love

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Festival of Faiths: Sacred Insight, Feminine Wisdom - Louisville, KY
Apr
24
to Apr 28

Festival of Faiths: Sacred Insight, Feminine Wisdom - Louisville, KY

Elizabeth will speak at the Center for Interfaith Relation's 23rd annual Festival of Faiths. It is a five-day nationally acclaimed multi-faith celebration of music, poetry, art, film, and dialogue with spiritual leaders, practitioners and teachers. 

The 2018 Festival explores practices, teachings, and insight rooted in Feminine wisdom. Speakers and artists from diverse backgrounds and faith traditions examine the Feminine aspects of God, non-dual thinking, the wisdom of the natural world, suffering, healing, emotional intelligence, and creativity. The Festival seeks to offer deeper insight into the Sacred Feminine in all of us.

 

The festival's theme this year is Sacred Insight, Feminine Wisdom.

Festival of Faiths

Elizabeth teaching interdependence at last year's Festival of Faiths

Elizabeth teaching interdependence at last year's Festival of Faiths

Monks dissolving the sand mandala into the Ohio River, part of the Festival of Faiths practices

Monks dissolving the sand mandala into the Ohio River, part of the Festival of Faiths practices

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5 Slogans of Machik Labdron - Point Richmond, CA
Mar
23
to Mar 24

5 Slogans of Machik Labdron - Point Richmond, CA

Elizabeth will offer three talks on The Five Slogans of Machik Labdron--please see below. Book signing for her new book, The Logic of Faith will take place following the program.

Registration and additional information available here

 

The Five Slogans of Machik Labdron

Confess your hidden faults.

Approach what you find repulsive.

Help those you think you cannot help.

Anything you are attached to, let it go.

Go to the places that scare you.

 
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The fearless and innovative practitioner Machik Labdron (11th century) was one of Tibet’s most renowned female saints and teachers. Machik’s unique approach provides us with a path to transform our inner demons by invoking, embracing, and nurturing them. In these teachings, Elizabeth will lead us through guided meditations and discussions on these pithy slogans, which Machik received from her teacher, Padampa Sangye.

 


To register:  Dharmata Foundation

 

Schedule

 

Friday evening

7-8:30 pm

 

Saturday

9:55 Local Announcements

10:00 - 10:45 Meditation

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:50 Teaching

11:50 - 12:30 Meditation

12:30 Local Announcements

12:35 - 2:30 Lunch

2:30 - 3:15 Meditation

3:15 - 3:30 Break

3:30 - 4:20 Teaching

4:20 - 5:00 Meditation

 

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Book Tour: San Francisco, CA
Mar
21
7:30 PM19:30

Book Tour: San Francisco, CA

  • Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Center (map)
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Elizabeth will offer a talk and book signing for her new book, The Logic of Faith.

Against the Stream Meditation Center

Contact: Chandra Easton

 

Join Elizabeth as she explores the creative relationship between faith and doubt, knowing and not-knowing, and shows how an awakened life results from living from the place in between.

Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand--but Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. And if we look carefully, we'll discover that the faith impulse isn't separate from reason at all--faith and logic in fact work together in a playful and dynamic relationship that reveals the profoundest kind of truth--a truth beyond the limits of "is" and "is not." Using the traditional Buddhist teachings on dependent arising, Elizabeth leads us on an experiential journey to discover the essential interdependence of everything--and through that thrilling discovery to open ourselves to the whole wonderful range of human experience.

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the buddhadharma for more than thirty years under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, whose books she has edited. Retreat master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling in Southern Colorado, she teaches extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She is also the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha's Path to Freedom.

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Book Tour: Santa Rosa, CA
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Book Tour: Santa Rosa, CA

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Elizabeth will offer a talk and book signing for her new book, The Logic of Faith.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa

Contact: Catherine Reisman

 

Join Elizabeth as she explores the creative relationship between faith and doubt, knowing and not-knowing, and shows how an awakened life results from living from the place in between.

Faith is a thorny subject these days. Its negative expressions cause many to dismiss it out of hand--but Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel urges us to reconsider, for faith is really nothing but our natural proclivity to find certainty in a world where certainty is hard to come by. And if we look carefully, we'll discover that the faith impulse isn't separate from reason at all--faith and logic in fact work together in a playful and dynamic relationship that reveals the profoundest kind of truth--a truth beyond the limits of "is" and "is not." Using the traditional Buddhist teachings on dependent arising, Elizabeth leads us on an experiential journey to discover the essential interdependence of everything--and through that thrilling discovery to open ourselves to the whole wonderful range of human experience.

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the buddhadharma for more than thirty years under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, whose books she has edited. Retreat master at Longchen Jigme Samten Ling in Southern Colorado, she teaches extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She is also the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha's Path to Freedom.

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