Teachings in the USA & Asia: Winter 2016

USA, Singapore, Malaysia, and Bangalore

Kirkland, Washington, USA

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering

November 15, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

American Evergreen Buddhist Association
13000 NE 84th Street
Kirkland, WA 98033, USA
(425) 827-5657

Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create good karma.

Venerable Thubten Chodron gives a talk based on her new book, Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering, which shows clearly and practically, how to eliminate the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others.

Talk organized by Dharma Friendship Foundation. Contact (206) 860-5009 or info [at] dharmafriendship [dot] org.


Tainan City, Taiwan

Building a Strong Dharma Foundation 建立堅固的佛法基礎

November 22, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Manjushri Vihara 文殊園淨珍精舍
No. 288, Lane 735, Chengbei Rd, Annan District,
台南市安南區城北路735巷288號,
Tainan City 709, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
+886-6-2574046

It is said that the Buddha gave 84,000 teachings; how do we know where to begin our study and practice of Buddhism? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron as she shares on how we can develop a firm understanding of the Dharma that will support our growth in wisdom and compassion.

據說佛陀所傳授的經典有84,000個; 我們對佛法的學習和實踐應該從哪裡著手呢? 圖丹卻准比丘尼與大家分享如何建立起對佛法的堅定理解,將支持我們智慧和慈悲心的成長。

Taipei City, Taiwan

Inspiring the Heart on the Path 如何啟發道心

November 26, 2016
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pu Yi Nunnery 法雨山普宜苑
No. 3, Lane 181, Sec. 3, Jhihshan Rd., Shihlin District
台北市至善路三段181巷3號
Taipei City 111, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
+886-2-2841-3393

Genuine Dharma practice begins when we turn our mind away from worldly concerns and focus on creating the causes for long-term happiness. How do we inspire ourselves to look beyond short-term gains and strive for full awakening? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares practical ways to cultivate and sustain the motivation to attain Buddhahood in our daily lives.

修行佛法真正的開始,是當我們放下世俗煩惱,著力於創造長期快樂的因緣。我們應該如何激勵自己,超越短期的利益,努力實現無上菩提呢?圖丹卻准法師與大家分享如何以實際的行為,在日常生活中培養和維持我們的道心。


Singapore

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The Vimalakirti Sutra

November 28, 2016 and November 29, 2016
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (each evening)

Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre
20 Lorong 27A Geylang
Singapore 388112
+65 6748 5132

With a lively use of humor, The Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra brings to life the Buddha’s profound teachings on emptiness through an engaging dialogue between his great arhat and bodhisattva disciples and the layperson Vimalakirti. Join Venerable Thubten Chodron as she begins a series of teachings that reveal the rich Dharma conveyed in this popular Mahayana sutra. Register for the talks at goo.gl/cNeKJU.

Making Progress in Meditation

November 30, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tibetan Buddhist Centre
281 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208944
+65 6291 1089

How can we tell whether our meditation practice is moving in the right direction? How do we know when our ego hijacks our spiritual path? Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on how to sharpen our understanding of what to practice and what to abandon, so that we can make genuine progress in transforming our minds for the benefit of all beings. Register for the talk at goo.gl/vKXuR0

No Need to Fake It: Developing True Self-Confidence

December 2, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
88 Bright Hill Road
Ven. Hong Choon Memorial Hall Level 1 Classroom 9
Singapore 574117
+65 6849 5300

In a time when Facebook friends come and go, we get so caught up in creating images. Trying to impress others, we base our self-worth on wealth, looks, and reputation. Are these who we really are? Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches how to base self-confidence on our good qualities, which are present naturally and go far deeper than mere appearances. Register for the talk at goo.gl/I3XgGb

Book launch of Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid Suffering

December 3, 2016
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Poh Ming Tse Temple
438 Dunearn Rd
Singapore 289613
+65 6466 0785

Why do things happen the way they do? How do we create the causes for a happy life? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron for the launch of her new book, Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid Suffering. She unpacks the powerful Tibetan Buddhist poem, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, to show how to train our minds to avoid suffering and create long-term happiness. Register for the event at www.pmt.org.sg

An Open-Hearted Life: Living with Authenticity

December 4, 2016
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Buddhist Fellowship West
2 Telok Blangah Street 31
#02-00 Yeo’s Building
Singapore 108942
+65 6278 0900

We all wish to feel safe and accepted for who we are. We want to connect from the heart. How do we bring this about? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares how practicing compassion brings us closer to others, makes our lives meaningful, and feeds our values and aspirations.

The Power of Joyous Effort

December 5, 2016 and December 6, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (each evening)

Pureland Marketing
483 Sims Avenue
Singapore 387555
+65 6297 4747

Joyous effort—the perseverance to engage in virtuous activities—is a powerful antidote to procrastination, distraction, and discouragement. Join Venerable Thubten Chodron as she begins teaching on Chapter 7 of Shantideva’s Engaging in the Bodhisattvas’ Deeds, on how the far-reaching practice of joyous effort can energize our spiritual practice.

Morality in a Modern World

December 7, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tibetan Buddhist Centre
281 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208944
+65 6291 1089

Is morality old-fashioned? Is virtue a thing of the past? Ven. Thubten Chodron reflects on how the Buddha’s teachings on ethical conduct remain relevant in the 21st century as the foundation for inner peace and spiritual growth. Register for the talk at goo.gl/vKXuR0

Healing Prejudice

December 8, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Buddhist Library
No. 2, Lorong 24A Geylang Road
Singapore 398526
+65 6746 8435

Looking at news headlines, our world seems to be increasingly divided. Our fear of those who are different from us brings so much pain to ourselves and others. Can we overcome it? Venerable Thubten Chodron shows how healing our minds from prejudice can bring about inner peace and social harmony.


Kuching, Malaysia

Contact Kuching Dhamma Vijaya Buddhist Centre for more information on all events in Kuching: +60 16-889 9235, +60 16-869 6149, or +60 12-889 1825

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering

December 10-11, 2016

Borneo Tribal Village
Kampung Apar Singai, Bau
94000 Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia

Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? Venerable Thubten Chodron leads a weekend residential retreat on the Buddhist practice of mind training, which offers clear and practical methods to remove the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others. Retreat begins Dec 10 at 9:00 am and ends Dec 11 at 4:00 pm.

Living with an Open Heart

December 12, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm — new start time

Kuching Dhamma Vijaya Buddhist Centre
229, Jalan Kung Phin, Batu 4 Jalan Penrissen
Kuching 93250, Malaysia

A life overflowing with compassion. It sounds wonderful in theory, but how can we achieve this? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares Buddhist ideas and techniques to awaken our compassionate motivation and bring our heartfelt aspirations to be of benefit to others into our everyday lives.

Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

December 13, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm — new start time

Kuching Dhamma Vijaya Buddhist Centre
229, Jalan Kung Phin, Batu 4 Jalan Penrissen
Kuching 93250, Malaysia

Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, but even for practicing Buddhists, it might be difficult to see what the different traditions all have in common. Venerable Thubten Chodron explores the two major strains of Buddhism—the Sanskrit tradition of Tibet and East Asia and the Pāli tradition of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia—illuminating the many ways that Buddhists of all stripes share a common heritage and goals.


Bangalore, India

Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering

December 15, 2016
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology
N3 Campus (Foundation Study Program)
No. 40/D, 2nd Cross, 5th Main
Marilingiah Building
Shiva Mandir Road (Near 5th Phase Bus Stop)
KHB Industrial Area,
Yelahanka, Bangalore 560 106

In our world of hype and exaggeration, where many people want to look good but not be good, to look responsible but not be responsible, the Buddha’s teachings get us to consider an alternative, a way to live a truly meaningful life. In this talk based on her latest book, Ven. Chodron discusses ways to identify and overcome our self-centered attitude that pretends to look out for our welfare, but is actually self-sabotaging and primes us to make unwise choices. By becoming aware of how our actions affect those around us as well as ourselves, we come to value having a genuinely kind approach, instead of a hypocritical one where we look good but manipulate others. Talk hosted by Garden of Samadhi Research Centre. Contact gardenofsamadhi [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

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