Teachings in USA and Asia: Winter 2019

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Seattle, Singapore, Malaysia

Washington, USA

East West Bookshop

6407 12th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, USA

  • Awaken Every Day: 365 Buddhist Reflections to Invite Mindfulness and Joy

    Saturday, November 23
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Looking for something to inspire your daily spiritual practice? Join Buddhist nun and author Venerable Thubten Chodron as she shares from her newest book, Awaken Every Day: 365 Buddhist Reflections to Invite Mindfulness and Joy, which offers a quick daily dose of everyday wisdom ideal for creating moments of peace and reflection in our chaotic world.

    Co-sponsored by Dharma Friendship Foundation. Contact hello [at] eastwestbookshop [dot] com or call 206-523-3726


  • Poh Ming Tse Temple

    438 Dunearn Road
    Singapore 289613
    +65 6466 0785
    pmt [at] pmt [dot] org [dot] sg

    Book launch of “The Compassionate Kitchen”

    Thursday, November 28
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Singaporeans love food, so wouldn’t it be wonderful if eating were part of our spiritual practice? Venerable Thubten Chodron shows us how by sharing from The Compassionate Kitchen: Buddhist Practices for Eating with Mindfulness and Gratitude. One of her latest, the book helps us transform food and all related activities into nourishing practices that lead to greater kindness, compassion, and wisdom.
    Download a poster to print.

  • Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre

    20 Lorong 27A Geylang
    Singapore 388112
    +65 6748 5132
    info [at] vbc [dot] org [dot] sg

    Spiritual Confidence in the Workplace

    Friday, November 29
    8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

    We may enjoy attending Dharma talks and meditating, but how do we bring Buddha’s teachings into our workplace? Venerable Thubten Chodron offers practical tips on how to create the causes for happiness at work, helping us to enjoy our workday, our colleagues, and even our boss! With this practice we grow our confidence in applying the Dharma to whatever arises.
    Download a poster to print.

  • Amitabha Buddhist Centre

    44 Lorong 25A Geylang
    Singapore 388244
    +65 6745 8547
    centre [at] fpmtabc [dot] org

    Turning the Mind to the Dharma

    Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 1
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm both days

    What exactly does it mean to practice the Buddha’s teachings? Venerable Thubten Chodron gives a weekend of teachings on the four thoughts that turn the mind to the Dharma—impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, karma, and the preciousness of human rebirth—and how to work with the eight worldly concerns that distract us from spiritual practice. Just as lay a strong foundation supports the walls and the roof of a house, the four thoughts that turn the mind give us firm footing to progress along the path to full awakening.

  • Pureland Marketing

    No 29 Geylang Lor 29 #04-01/02
    Singapore 388078
    +65 6297 4747/ 4646
    plmkg [at] pureland [dot] com [dot] sg

    Practicing with Joy and Courage: Teachings on Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds”

    Monday, December 2 & Tuesday, December 3
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm both days

    When our mind is overwhelmed by attachment, anger, and ignorance, there’s only one thing to do: keep going with our spiritual practice. Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on how joyous effort supports the cultivation of concentration by giving us the inner courage and resources to face our disturbing emotions, so that we can be of greater benefit to others and ourselves. Ven. Chodron will give bodhisattva precepts during the December 3 teaching. 

  • Amitabha Buddhist Centre

    44 Lorong 25A Geylang
    Singapore 388244
    +65 6745 8547
    centre [at] fpmtabc [dot] org

    Unlocking Your Potential

    Thursday, December 5
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    We may aspire to transform ourselves into kinder and better people, but we don’t always have all the skills necessary to do so. It helps to have a knowledgeable guide to get us going in the right direction. Venerable Thubten Chodron shares from a booklet she designed with an incarcerated person to help us to examine ourselves—our past, our perceptions, our thoughts, and our current conditions—so that we can decide what to adjustment to create positive change and fulfill our true potential.

  • Buddhist Fellowship West

    2 Telok Blangah Street 31
    #02-00 Yeo’s Building
    Singapore 108942
    +65 6278 0900
    info [at] buddhistfellowship [dot] org

    The Four Establishments of Mindfulness

    Friday, December 6
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    How is Buddhist mindfulness different from the secular mindfulness that is becoming increasingly widespread in popular culture? Venerable Thubten Chodron explains the Buddha’s teachings on the four establishments of mindfulness—on the body, feelings, mind, and phenomena—and how these practices support the cultivation of wisdom and compassion for the purpose of attaining liberation and awakening.

  • Pureland Marketing

    No 29 Geylang Lor 29 #04-01/02
    Singapore 388078
    +65 6297 4747/ 4646
    plmkg [at] pureland [dot] com [dot] sg

    Heal Your Own Mind: Medicine Buddha

    Saturday, December 7
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Sunday, December 8
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Venerable Thubten Chodron continues with last year’s Medicine Buddha workshop on the Medicine Buddha meditation practice. She will explain how to do the visualization and the philosophy behind each step of this practice. Through this guided practice, she shares how to apply the Buddha’s teachings to find inner peace and healing regardless of the circumstances we encounter. Ven. Chodron will give refuge and lay precepts after the workshop on December 7. 

    Please register for the workshop by calling +65 6297 4747.

  • The Buddhist Library

    No. 2, Lorong 24A Geylang Road
    Singapore 398526
    +65 6746 8435
    info [at] buddhlib [dot] org [dot] sg

    How a Buddhist deals with Burnout

    Sunday, December 8
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Burnout has been officially listed as a disease by the World Health Organization. How might Buddhist teachings help city-dwellers to deal with stress and feelings of exhaustion? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares how working with disturbing emotions helps us develop realistic and beneficial perspectives that keep our bodies and minds balanced, and support us in leading meaningful and healthy lives.


All teachings are organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia
Contact person: Vincent Tan Chor Lim, 019-809 9851

  • Than Siang Temple

    132, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah
    11900 Bayan Lepas
    Penang, Malaysia
    +60 4 641 4822
    Organizer: Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia
    Contact person for all teachings: Vincent Tan Chor Lim, 019-809 9851

    Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps

    Tuesday, December 10
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    The Buddha was once an ordinary sentient being just like us. How did he attain awakening, and what makes him a reliable guide to follow? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares the unique qualities of the Buddha and his teachings from her latest book
    Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps
    , the fourth volume of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion, a series she is coauthoring with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the stages of the Buddhist path.
    Download a poster to print.

  • Pu Ai Community Service Centre

    No. 3, Lintang Macallum 1
    Georgetown, 10300
    Penang, Malaysia
    +60 4 262 9299

    Creating Habits for Happiness

    Wednesday, December 11
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Many of us think that having more money, power, fame, and better relationships will bring greater happiness, but is that really the case? Venerable Thubten Chodron speaks about the true causes of happiness and how to create habits that will bring about long-lasting satisfaction and joy to ourselves and others.
    There will be Chinese translation for the talk.


    许多人认为拥有更多的金钱,权威,名望,和更好的人际关系会给我们带来更大的幸福,但事实确实如此吗? 美国籍图丹却准法师会与大家分享创造幸福的真正因缘以及如何培养给自他带来长久的满足和喜悦的习惯。

  • Central Kedah Buddhist Association

    5-F, Jalan Kampung Baru, Taman Sentosa
    08000 Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia
    +60 4 421 2929

    Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

    Thursday, December 12
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    How can the mind be the basis for both the unsatisfactoriness of cyclic existence and the bliss and fulfillment of nirvana? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s explanation of this apparent paradox from their book Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature, the third volume of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion.

  • Butterworth Lay Buddhist Society

    TBP 6334, Kampung Baru, Sungai Puyu
    Sungai Puyu, 13400 Butterworth
    Penang, Malaysia
    +60 16 499 5627

    Friday, December 13
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm to
    Sunday, December 15 after lunch

    Being Your Own Best Friend

    Do you often judge yourself and compare yourself to others? What might it be like to cultivate love and compassion for yourself and all beings instead? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron for a weekend of self-exploration to deepen our understanding of how applying the Buddha’s teachings in daily life can help us to relate to ourselves and others in healthy, realistic, and beneficial ways.
    There will be Chinese translation for all the weekend teachings.


    您是否经常评判自己并与他人互相比较? 若能为自己和他人培养慈悲心,会有怎么样的感受?图丹却准法师欢迎大家前来度过一个进行自我探索的周末,加深我们如何在日常生活中运用佛陀的教义的理解, 帮助我们以健康,现实和有益的方式与自己和他人建立美好的关系。


  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

    88 Bright Hill Road,
    Singapore 574117

    Western Pure Land: What’s In It For Me?

    Friday, December 27
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    Buddhists who engage in the Pure Land practice make strong aspirations to be reborn in Amitabha Buddha’s Western Pure Land. What are the benefits of being reborn in the Western Pure Land, and how is it different from a good rebirth in the human or heavenly realms? Venerable Thubten Chodron explains what it means to aspire to be reborn in Amitabha’s Western Pure Land, and what we can accomplish there for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    For more information, contact (65) 6849 5300 or email ded [at] kmspks [dot] org
    Register online here.
    Download a poster to print.