Magic at Shantideva Meditation Center

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Shantideva Meditation students, 2015

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Shantideva Meditation students, 2015

By Snehy Gupta

The Tibetan word for a buddha (sangye) distills for me the essential meaning of Dharma. Sang means to eliminate from the mind all faults, stains and obscurations and gye means to fully develop to their highest potential all beautiful virtuous qualities. A peaceful contented mind like this is very appealing, but how to start to bring about even a glimpse of such a mind?

As His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama says, by studying the Dharma. This is a vast subject with many levels of understanding and it is very difficult to study and practice alone. The magic of Shantideva Meditation Center is that it offers both a systematic way to study and practice the Dharma and a community of sincere, sweet and dedicated students that I can rely on. And because of the Center, I have had the incredible opportunity to meet and study with amazingly knowledgeable and kind teachers. I truly feel that the guiding principle of all of the Center’s activities is to work for the benefit of all Dharma students.

The Dharma is called a jewel and it is a jewel in my life – I am very grateful to have found something so rare and precious, it has many facets to help with my many problems and questions, it glitters and radiates light and kindness in my teachers, and it is always a source of joy.


Snehy Gupta: “I am at heart devoted to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and currently I am very fortunate to be a student of both Buddhist philosophy and Advaita Vedanta. My background ranges from a Ph.D. in agricultural economics to investment banking to teaching yoga.”

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