Managing Life’s Ultimate Transition: Meditations on Death and Impermanence Daylong Retreat with Venerable Amy Miller
Contemplating death and rebirth prepares us to be at peace and unafraid at the time of death and also inspires us to make our lives much more meaningful. This retreat is a special opportunity to practice and integrate the teachings from the DB Death and Rebirth module, but is also open to those who have some experience with Buddhist practice.
Saturday, February 24 from 10am to 4pm
Reality Check! Seeing Things As They Are Teachings on Impermanence and Emptines
Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Treatise on the Middle Way is considered one of the most important and profound Buddhist teachings. It offers us the key to understanding the true nature of reality, thereby opening the door to liberation and enlightenment. Join us for a public talk and weekend teachings on this masterpiece with Geshe Thubten Sherab. He will introduce the text and the topic of emptiness on Friday and give a commentary on the first two chapters on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday, March 16 – Sunday, March 18
Now Is the Time to Practice! Teachings on Death and Impermanence
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, like all great Buddhist teachers, advises us again and again to contemplate death and impermanence. With warmth, wisdom, and clarity, Geshe Sherab takes a practical approach to transforming a seemingly gloomy subject into an inspirational life-changer, energizing us to practice with determination and joy as we strive for liberation and enlightenmen
Tuesday, March 20 from 7pm to 9pm
Spring Retreat at Garrison Institute
This is now an annual gathering: our next spring retreat at Garrison Institute with Venerable Amy Miller will be held on April 27-29, 2018. Join us for this insightful and practical retreat that will also include a variety of guided meditations, such as shiné (calm abiding), karma (the law of cause and effect), the nature of mind, death and dying, developing the good heart, emptiness, and other topics on the path to awakening.
April 27 – April 29
Monlam (15 Days of Miracles)
Monlam marks a period when Lord Buddha performed many miracles, beginning with Losar (Tibetan New Year) on the first day and culminating on the 15th day, Chotrul Duchen (Day of Miracles). According to the Vinaya text, Treasure of Quotations and Logic, karmic results (both positive and negative) are multiplied by one hundred million during this period. Join us in making this special time most beneficial for all sentient beings. For more information on Monlam, Losar practices to do at home, and our Chotrul Duchen celebration, please click here.
Friday, February 16 – Thursday, March 1
Tuesday Meditation Series:
Courageously Facing Change and Impermanence
Note: Ven. Amy Miller will be joining us on February 27.
In this new series, we will contemplate change, become familiar with it, and cultivate courage. Realizing that it is our reaction to change that creates most of our suffering, we will train in using change for developing our spiritual practice and good heart. It is most beneficial to attend the entire series, although one may also attend individual sessions. All are welcome!
Tuesdays, February 6-27 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth
Note: Ven. Amy Miller will be joining us on February 21.
In this module, we will explore the process of death and rebirth and its impact on how we live our lives. We will see how the Buddha’s teachings can guide us in skillful reflection on the meaning of death and what to expect at the time of death.
Wednesdays, January 10 – March 7 from 7pm to 9pm
Cittamani Tara Puja
Cittamani Tara, the highest yoga tantra manifestation of the deity Tara, can lead to liberation and enlightenment within this single lifetime. This puja is a powerful support for our Dharma practice and achieving our temporal and ultimate goals. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has specifically advised that the Cittamani Tara Puja be practiced by Shantideva Meditation Center.
Friday, February 23 from 7pm to 9pm
Chotrul Duchen (Day of Miracles)
Join us as we celebrate Chotrul Duchen with Venerable Amy Miller. Although Chotrul Duchen falls on March 1, the center will be celebrating on February 28 as Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche celebrates auspicious days according to the time in India. Based on the advice of Rinpoche for Buddha multiplying days, we’ll be offering an extensive array of meritorious activities.
Wednesday, February 28 from 6:30pm to 9pm
New Discovering Buddhism: All About Karma
In this module, we will examine the essential facts of the law of cause and effect of actions, developing a clear understanding of how karma works. We will discuss effective tools for accumulating merit (the cause of happiness and success) and purifying past negative actions. Together we will explore ways to become adept at dealing with life most effectively.