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.

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 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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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)
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 Traditional Tibetan scroll painting of Naro Kachoma by  Tara di Gesu

Traditional Tibetan scroll painting of Naro Kachoma by Tara di Gesu

This program continues the Mahayana Essentials series.

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.

 

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?

 

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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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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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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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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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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Exploring the Teacher - Student Relationship
Dec
1
to Dec 2

Exploring the Teacher - Student Relationship

EXPLORING THE TEACHER STUDENT RELATIONSHIP

Nowadays, talking about the teacher-student relationship in the context of a spiritual path often feels a bit like opening a can of worms. Many questions can arise: does a practice of devotion mean that you have to give up your discerning intelligence? What is the function of such a relationship and how does it work? What are the commitments, rewards, and challenges that arise in such a relationship?

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In this two-day gathering, Elizabeth will guide participants through an investigation of these rich but potentially confusing topics. She will lead discussions about how a student’s eagerness to learn and evolve can be fulfilled by having a healthy and realistic relationship with a qualified teacher. And she will talk about the profound approach the Buddhist tradition, in particular the Vajrayana, where one ultimately learns to see everything in one’s experience as the teacher.

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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)
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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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Book Tour: Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA
Mar
19
7:15 PM19:15

Book Tour: Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA

Elizabeth will teach on the meaning of practice in nature, infused by her experience and teachings at the Wilderness Dharma Movement's Canyon de Chelly annual retreat and her many years' experience of practice in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado. Elizabeth believes that to become a more courageous practitioner, we need to leave our familiar cocoon and dive into unknown territory, both inside and out. After the program Elizabeth will sign copies of her new book, The Logic of Faith.

Susie Harrington will join Elizabeth in teaching and conversation. Ms. Harrington often offers retreats in the natural world, believing nature to be the most profound dharma teacher, and a natural gateway to our true self. Her teaching is deeply grounded in the body and emphasizes embodiment of our practice in speech and daily life. 

Please contact Spirit Rock with questions here.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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Book Tour: Denver, CO
Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Book Tour: Denver, CO

  • Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Talk and book signing: The Logic of Faith.

Shambhala Denver

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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The Logic of Faith - Boulder, CO
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

The Logic of Faith - Boulder, CO

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Talk and Book Signing, The Logic of Faith

Windhorse Community Services

Let’s not just write faith off so glibly. After all, it’s not faith’s fault that we use it as a synonym for expectation, dogma, or rightness. Even the greatest cynics and conspiracy theorists – those who resist the very notion of faith – have faith in their ideas. As long as you are breathing and your heart is pumping in your chest, you will never escape the need "to faith," and why would you want to? The human predicament literally pushes at you day after day, calling to your courage and intelligence, imploring you to pay attention to life as it is, urging you to let go into humbleness. How long can you ignore it?

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Book Tour: Boulder, CO
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Book Tour: Boulder, CO

Talk and book signing at Boulder Bookstore, an independent bookstore and a Boulder institution.

 

Join us as Elizabeth 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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Dec
2
to Dec 3

Mahayana Essentials: The Five Slogans of Machik Labdron

  • Phuntsok Choling, Ward, CO (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.


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 this three-talk weekend, Elizabeth will lead us through guided meditations and discussions on these pithy slogans, which Machik received from her teacher, Padampa Sangye.

EVENT TAKES PLACE AT PHUNTSOK CHOLING, WARD, COLORADO AND IS AVAILABLE AS A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD AND A LIVE STREAM ONLINE

REGISTER HERE

SATURDAY 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
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

SUNDAY SCHEDULE (MST)
Opening Chants/Sitting Meditation: 8:30-9:30 am
Break: 9:30-10:00 am
Talk: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm

VIDEO STREAMING
Purchase tickets to video stream. Video streaming tickets include access to the live-streamed talk with an opportunity to participate in Q&A. Tickets also include access to the video recording for 30 days following the talk's conclusion.

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Nov
13
to Nov 16

REALITY: A Free Online Summit on Buddhism, Meditation, and Insight

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Elizabeth will be teaching on Day 4 (November 16).

Watch free from home as respected meditation teachers, psychologists and philosophers lead an exploration of meditation as a profound path of inquiry and insight

You’ll be guided in this practical inquiry by 15 trusted teachers including Sharon Salzberg, B. Alan Wallace, Susan Piver, Rick Hanson, Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Robert Wright, Kelly McGonigal, David Nichtern, Jay Garfield, Holly Gayley, Fleet Maull, Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Evan Thompson, and Anam Thubten.

In a time when confusion and divisiveness seem to be running our society, coming together to balance our minds and cultivate insight has never been so important. We’ll explore meditation as a path to clarity, acceptance and happiness, and cut through the misconceptions about our human nature that cause so much pain in the world.

This program is being offered free by Shambhala Mountain Center.  Register here.

Summit Schedule
Day One – Nov. 13: Balancing the Mind
Day Two – Nov. 14: Cutting through Confusion
Day Three – Nov. 15: Realizing the Nature of Self
Day Four – Nov. 16: Connecting to the Heart of Reality

For questions, please contact Shambhala

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