Shantideva Meditation is pleased to offer audio recordings of some of our public talks and retreats led by visiting FPMT teachers. These and other recordings are available in a variety of formats through the library at www.archive.org and can be downloaded at no charge.
Recitation of “Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha” and the Vajra Cutter Sutra
Ven. Robina Courtin, July 26, 2017
On Chokhor Duchen (celebrating the Buddha’s first teaching) Ven. Robina Courtin recited practices advised for Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s good health.
A Bird Needs Two Wings: Wisdom and Compassion
Ven. Robina Courtin, Public Talk and Weekend Teachings. July 14-16, 2017
Drawing on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path, by Lama Tsongkhapa, Ven. Robina maps out for us the steps to eliminating the layers of bad habits, negative emotions, and delusions until we finally reach the happiness that we have been seeking for so long.
Radical Practices for Going Beyond Self-Centeredness
Ven. Robina Courtin, July 12 & 19, 2017
Note: Due to technical issues on July 19, you may here some dropouts during the beginning of the recording. These clear up after about 35 minutes. We apologize for any inconvenience.
During these two evenings, Ven. Robina Courtin explained advanced practices for developing love and compassion for everyone – for the harmers as well as the harmed – as outlined in the 11th-century yogi Langri Tangpa’s Eight Verses of Thought Transformation.
Tuesday Meditation: Want to get your meditation practice rolling?
Ven. Robina Courtin, July 11, 2017
For this special session of Tuesday Meditation, Ven. Robina Courtin explained meditation practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and also touched on the many misunderstandings about meditation.
We Can All Become Buddhas: Teachings with Geshe Sherab
Geshe Sherab, Weekend Teachings March 18-19, 2017
Note: Due to technical issues you may here some dropouts during the teachings. Geshe Sherab delved deeper into the profound and inspiring topic of buddha nature (tathāgatagarbha). Referring to Maitreya’s Sublime Continuum (Uttaratantra Shastra), he explained our buddha nature, the innate pure nature of mind enabling each and every sentient being to become enlightened. Geshe-la comment on the text’s rich poetic metaphors that describe our true nature.
Discovering Buddhism Study Group: Mind and Its Potential
Ven. Amy Miller, March 1, 2017
For the DB study group, Ven. Amy Miller gave an introductory teaching on what the mind is, what its nature and function are, and answered students’ questions.
Discovering Buddhism Study Group: Introduction to Tantra
Ven. Amy Miller, February 8, 2017
Ven. Amy Miller gave a teaching on tantra, led a meditation, and answered students’ questions.
Tuesday Meditation: Calmly Meeting Change/Staying Strong and Positive
Ven. Amy Miller, February 7, 2017
Topic: We have everything we need to be happy, make others happy, and change the world.
Riding the Wave: Moving Forward in Vulnerable Times
Ven. Amy Miller, Public Talk and Weekend Teachings, February 2017
In February, Ven. Amy Miller gave a public talk, “Moving Forward in Vulnerable Times” and led a weekend teaching, “Facing Difficulty with Love and Compassion.” For the audio recording of the public talk, please click here.
Discovering Buddhism Study Group: Introduction to Tantra
Ven. Amy Miller, January 11, 2017
Ven. Amy Miller gave an introductory teaching on tantra, led a
meditation, and answered students’ questions.
Ven. Amy Miller, January 10, 2017
Ven. Amy Miller guided a meditation visualization of the enlightened mind of Shakyamuni Buddha. Venerable begins with a brief introduction where she discusses the booklet, “A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha”. The guided meditation consists of the visualization based on “A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha”.
Discovering Buddhism Study Group: Wisdom Of Emptiness
Glen Svensson, November 16, 2016
Glen Svensson gave an introductory teaching on emptiness, led a meditation, and answered students’ questions.
Tuesday Meditation: Seeing the Glass Half Full (or Even Completely Full)
Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi, October 18, 2016
Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi guided a brief concentration meditation followed by an analytical meditation on how to develop an attitude of gratitude.
Discovering Buddhism Study Group: Transforming Problems
Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi, October 19, 2016
Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi offered a brief recap teaching on lojong, the powerful techniques to turn our mind around in order to see the problems we experience in our daily lives as opportunities to develop our spiritual practice and our good heart.
The Source of Lasting Happiness: The Art of Meditation and How to Develop the Fully Awakened Heart
Ven. Amy Miller, Public Talk and Weekend Teachings, September and October 2016
From October 1-2 Ven. Amy Miller taught on the eighth chapter of Shantideva’s, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, a critical chapter that explains the significance of meditative absorption. This teaching includes tonglen (giving and taking) meditation along with discussion and Q&A. On September 30 Venerable gave a public talk on how blissful mindstates can be cultivated so that we experience more gratification by delighting in the happiness of others. For the public talk, please click here.
Don Handrick: Teachings, June 2016
Don Handrick, June 2016
From June 6 to 12 Don Handrick taught an array of Dharma topics such as emptiness according to the four Buddhist tenet systems, cultivating a gratitude practice, the four noble truths, and much more!
Finding Focus and Clarity
Ven. Amy Miller: Meditation Retreat, May 2016
On May 13, 2016, Ven. Amy Miller gave a brief teaching and two short meditations on the seven-point meditation posture with watching the breath and calm abiding (shiné). This teaching was part of a weekend meditation retreat at Garrison Institute.
Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Justice
Professor Jan Willis: Public Talk, April 2016
On April 8, 2016, Professor Jan Willis gave a public talk at Tibet House on the topic of Buddhism and social justice. She also recounts her personal spiritual journey: growing up in the segregated South, meeting Lama Thubten Yeshe, and eventually becoming a scholar and professor of Buddhist studies.
The Tibetan Art of Mind Training: Cherishing Others to Benefit Ourselves
Geshe Gelek Chodha: Public Talk, January 2016
In January 2016, Shantideva Meditation Center hosted teachings with Geshe Gelek Chodha on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation. Geshe-la gave a public talk on, “Training Our Mind to be Happy (and to Make Others Happy).” Please click here to view the public talk on our YouTube channel.
10% Happier: A Public Talk by Dan Harris of ABC News
On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, ABC News correspondent and Nightline anchor Dan Harris gave a public talk at Tibet House about his amusing and deeply skeptical personal journey towards greater happiness through meditation.
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Teachings with Venerable Robina Courtin
October – November 2015
Ven. Robina Courtin gave several teachings on topics like the death process according to the Buddhist view, karma, meditation in the Mahayana tradition, refuge commitments, the relationship of the student to the teacher or guru, and learning to let go of attachment.
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The Wisdom of Emptiness: The Path to Real Peace
Geshe Thubten Sherab: Public Talk and Retreat, October 2015
Geshe Sherab guides us into what emptiness means, how it differs from the way we perceive reality, and how to reflect and meditate on emptiness. He also connects emptiness with the other Buddhist teachings, especially compassion.
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The Making of Milarepa: Reading the Life of Tibet’s Great Poet and Saint
Professor Andrew Quintman, Public Talk, September 2015
In this lecture, Professor Andrew Quintman explores the extraordinary life story of Yogin Milarepa, drawing on his new book, The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa, tracing its historical formation, changing narrative voices, and enduring legacy across the Tibetan region.
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Opening the Door to Liberation
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Teachings and Events, August 2015
In this rare series of teachings in New York City, Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered instruction and advice related to the path to enlightenment. Topics include the Four Noble Truths, bodhicitta, emptiness, karma, and other essential teachings necessary to progress on the path to enlightenment.
Lam-Rim Retreat at Garrison Institute
Venerable Amy Miller: Weekend Retreat, July 2015
Venerable presented an overview of the Tibetan Buddhist Path to enlightenment (lam-rim) and led calm abiding and analytical meditations on various topics to help people cultivate a deeper understanding and integration of the lam-rim.
Reason and Religion: Logic in Tibetan Buddhism
Geshe Tharchin: Public Talk and Daylong Retreat, June 2015
Geshe Tharchin, who has many years’ experience in debating and teaching how to debate, gave us an introduction to Tibetan Buddhist debate. He explained why logic is so important and how it works. By using practical examples, he guided us in how to use this very important tool to move from wrong view to valid cognition.
Taking Delight In Making Our Lives Meaningful
Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi: Public Talk and Weekend Retreat, May 2015
In this public talk Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi discusses why and how to develop enthusiasm in our spiritual practice. For the weekend retreat Venerable elaborates on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, ch 7: “Joyous Perseverance”. By commenting on each poetic verse, Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi helps us unfold the profound meaning behind each one and integrate them into our daily lives.
Healing Anger with Patience
Geshe Ngawang Tenley: Public Talk and Weekend Retreat, April 2015
In this public talk and weekend retreat, Geshe Tenley helps us understand why anger is so harmful and how we can keep a clear and calm mind by adapting Shantideva’s timeless wisdom to our modern world. Delving deeper into the topic, Geshe-la comments on each verse of chapter 6 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
Protecting Our Minds with Mindfulness and Introspection
Venerable Fedor Stracke: Public Talk and Weekend Retreat, March 2015
In this public talk and weekend retreat Ven. Fedor Stracke discusses the practice of mindfulness in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. He will show that by training ourselves in mindfulness and re-examining our mental and physical activities, we can free ourselves from negative habits and make our lives more meaningful.
Venerable Fedor Stracke: Guided Meditation, March 2015
On March 3 & 10 Ven. Fedor Stracke led a guided meditation followed by a discussion on the meditation, demonstrating how a meditation practice can be structured.
Conquering Stress and Anxiety
Venerable Amy Miller: Public Talk and Daylong Retreat, February 2015
Ven. Amy presents the deeper triggers behind stress and shares meditations for transforming stress, anxiety and unhealthy mental patterns into a healthy and stable mind. She also elaborates on the traditional Buddhist teachings on mind transformation (lojong).
Identifying and Fighting Back Afflictive Emotions
Geshe Ngawang Tenley: Public Talk and Daylong Retreat, January 2015
In this public talk and daylong retreat, Geshe Tenley explains why negative
emotions can create much suffering for ourselves and for others, and how we can replace them with wholesome emotions such as love or contentment. Geshe-la also commented on Shantidevas well-known and much revered work, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.
Entering the Bodhisattva Path
Geshe Thubten Soepa: Public Talk and Weekend Retreat, November 2014
Geshe Soepa presents an overview of the first three chapters from Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life . He also offers teachings on the benefits of cherishing others and entering the bodhisattva path.
The Power of Purification: Vajrasattva Purification Teaching and Practice
Geshe Thubten Soepa: Teaching, November 2014
Geshe Thubten Soepa explains why and how to practice Vajrasattva purification.
Overcoming Obstacles on the Path to Enlightenment
Venerable Thubten Chodron: Daylong retreat, November 2014
On November 1, Ven. Thubten Chodron, Abbess of Sravasti Abbey, led a daylong retreat for SMC. In these teachings, Ven. Chodron shared her deep insight into overcoming obstacles on the path to enlightenment.
Making Our Lives Meaningful: Three Principal Aspects of the Path
Don Handrick: Public Talk and Retreat, September 2014
Drawing from Lama Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path, Don Handrick discusses how to take the essence of all the Buddha’s teachings and turn them into a meaningful practice.
How to Apply the Buddha’s Teachings in Daily Life: Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend
Geshe Ngawang Tenley: Public Talk and Retreat, June 2014
Geshe Tenley gives an overall presentation of Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend, a highly acclaimed poem that explains how to integrate spiritual values into daily life, offering advice on avoiding distractions and living with ethical discipline.
Introduction to the Buddhist Philosophical Schools and Their Views of Reality
Dr. Paul Hackett: Public Talk, April 2014
In this public talk, Dr. Paul Hackett of Columbia University presents an overview of the major philosophical schools of Buddhism and their views of reality and the two truths.
Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth
Venerable Fedor Stracke: Public Talk and Retreat, February 2014
Ven. Fedor Stracke discusses the different stages of the death process in relation to the three levels of consciousness explained in the tantric teachings of the Buddha. He also addresses the process of intermediate state and rebirth.
Staying Strong on the Path: How to Develop a Daily Practice
Venerable Fedor Stracke: Teaching, February 2014
Ven. Fedor Stracke offers teachings and advice on how to develop a daily practice to successfully integrate the Buddhist teachings into our lives and progress on the path to enlightenment.
Karma and Emptiness: a Tasty Example of Dependent Arising
Venerable Robina Courtin: Public Talk and Retreat, December 2013
Ven. Robina Courtin presents an overview of karma and emptiness. According to Buddhism, everything is made up by our own minds. Ven. Robina teaches that by understanding karma and emptiness, we embrace this correct view that undermines ego-grasping and allows us to develop our astonishing potential for contentment, clarity, and love.
Living the Dharma: Refuge in the Three Jewels
Venerable Robina Courtin: Teaching, Ceremony, December 2013
Ven. Robina Courtin offers a teaching and Q&A about refuge commitments and lay vows. Following the teaching, Ven. Robina conducts a refuge ceremony and bestows the Pratimoksha (individual liberation) vows.
The Heart Sutra: the Profound Union of Wisdom and Compassion
Geshe Kelsang Wangmo: Teaching, November 2013
Geshe Wangmo discusses the Heart Sutra in relation to the profound wisdom of emptiness and the hidden meaning of the Heart Sutra pertaining to compassion and the progressive stages to full enlightenment.
What is the Self?
Geshe Kelsang Wangmo: Teaching, October 2013
Geshe Kelsang Wangmo offers teachings on the Buddhist understanding of reality. She discusses some of the principal reasons and debates presented in the Buddhist scriptures to identify the innate misconceptions that we hold. She explains why it is important to replace them with an understanding of who we really are to live a more compassionate and meaningful life.
Journey to Freedom: the Meaning of Retreat
Venerable Lhundup Nyingje: Teaching, October 2013
Ven. Nyingje offers teachings on cultivating happiness by contributing our unique talents to others, the power of cherishing others, and developing bodhicitta and an open heart. She also leads guided meditations on generating love, purifying and healing with light, and connecting with enlightened beings.
Buddha Nature: the Potential of the Mind
Venerable Fedor Stracke: Public Talk and Retreat, July 2013
Ven. Fedor Stracke presents an overview of buddha nature, the fundamental nature of our mind that is present within us as a natural attribute, and discusses how the mind may gradually transform to become free of the obscurations of ignorance, anger, and attachment.
Transforming Problems into Happiness
Venerable Amy Miller: Public Talk and Retreat, June 2013
Ven. Amy Miller presents an overview of Tibetan Buddhist approaches to mind training (or lojong), which focuses on transforming adversities into opportunities for greater resilience, love, and compassion.
Venerable Fedor Stracke: Public Talk and Retreat, February 2013
Ven. Fedor addresses the sources of suffering: karma and the mental afflictions. These teachings focus on identifying the mental afflictions and their antidotes. General features of mind and mental factors are discussed, and specifically which mental factors must be abandoned and which should be adopted and developed in order to attain enlightenment.
Geshe Thubten Soepa: Public Talk and Retreat, October 2012
Geshe Thubten Soepa presents the foundational Tibetan Buddhist topics of the Four Noble Truths, the Eight Worldly Dharmas, and the Six Perfections. He shares insights to help us understand different types of suffering from the Buddhist perspective, the disadvantages of the worldly concerns, and the six perfections on the path to buddhahood – the practices of generosity, ethics, patience, joyful effort, concentration, and wisdom. Facilitator Gustavo Cutz summarizes and clarifies Geshe Soepa’s teachings throughout the retreat.
Venerable Robina Courtin: Public Talk and Retreat, September 2012
Ven. Robina Courtin presents a Tibetan Buddhist psychological approach to resolving our problems and uncovering our innate and astonishing potential. Teachings include essential Buddhist concepts, including the mind’s potential, karma, attachment, and dependent arising.
Venerable Amy Miller: Public Talk and Retreat, May 2012
Ven. Amy Miller presents an overview of the Tibetan Buddhist Path to enlightenment (lam-rim) and leads analytical meditations on various topics to help people cultivate a deeper understanding and integration of the lam-rim.
Yangsi Rinpoche: Public Talk, April 2012
Yangsi Rinpoche discusses the importance and benefits of opening our heart, thinking about impermanence, expanding our motivation, and meditating upon the nature of reality.
Venerable Fedor Stracke: Public Talk and Retreat, February 2012
Ven. Fedor Stracke explains why the Heart Sutra is so fundamental to philosophy and practice within all schools of Buddhism, and explores the cryptic style of the sutra to clarify the exact nature of the wisdom realizing emptiness and the practices that are its essential complement.
Ven. Robina Courtin: Public Talk and Retreat, December 2011
Tantra is a profound method that taps into powerful hidden inner resources to integrate and transform this energy into joy and meaning in our lives. Teachings on the essence of the tantric (Vajrayana) path of practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Ven. Amy Miller: Public Talk, October 2011
An introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist Mahayana perspective on reality and the nature of our minds. How can we translate the profound teachings of the Buddha and cultivate a more compassionate, altruistic attitude leading to transformation in our personal relationships and in our communities?
Ven. Amy Miller: Retreat, October 2011
A guide to understanding the meaning behind specific practices and rituals, offer advice about establishing a firm foundation for individual and group practice, and lead us in most beneficial practices.
Ven. René Feusi: Public Talk, September 2011
In Buddhism the root cause of our problems is seen to come from holding tightly onto a self, that in reality is an illusion. Becoming free of that illusion is called nirvana. That experience, far from being boring or nothingness, is actually a state of heightened awareness into the very fabric of existence.
Ven. Robina Courtin: Public Talk, June 2011
During difficult situations it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking we can change our external world or people around us without examining our own state of mind. Yet there is an opportunity to investigate the causes that give rise to our experiences, forming the basis on which to transform these experiences. Look beyond your ego, karma, and perception of reality toward a truth that is infinitely more powerful.
Ven. Robina Courtin: Retreat, June 2011
An exploration of how tantric meditation, visualization, mantra recitation, and prayer can help us to achieve union with a deity such as Tara, to remove obstacles to the spiritual path and more quickly develop the positive potential of the mind.
Don Handrick: Public Talk, June 2011
An exploration of antidotes to diminish the power of our afflictions and nurture a peaceful, loving inner state from which patience and kindness for others can emerge.
Ven. Connie Miller: Public Talk, June 2011
Learn about the role of mindfulness in the development of kindness and compassion in life and how to work with positive mental qualities and attitudes to transform everyday problems into opportunities for spiritual growth.
Ven. Fedor Stracke: Retreat, February 2011
In Buddhism, “dependent origination” describes how things come to be, how they exist, and how they cease to be.
Geshe Thubten Soepa: Retreat, February 2011
Discover how to resolve life’s challenges by transcending self-cherishing thoughts. Learn the powerful meditation technique of thought transformation (lojong), and train your mind to transform difficulties into opportunities.
Geshe Thubten Soepa: Teaching, February 2010
How to develop compassion and wisdom. A meditation and inspirational teaching on the inseparable two wings of a bird.