Teachings in Asia: 2017

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India

  • College of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah
    Dharamsala, 176213, Distt. Kangra,
    Himachal Pradesh
    India
    November 21, 2017
    2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

    21st Century Buddhism

    In a time of great scientific and technological advancement, amidst the hustle and bustle of modern city living, how do we integrate the Buddha’s 2,500-year-old teachings into our daily lives? Venerable Thubten Chodron reflects on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s call for people to become 21st century Buddhists, rooted in faith and clear knowledge of the Dharma, while engaged with the modern world.

    Directions

    Taxi from McLeod Ganj: Say “Sarah College,” average rate 400 Rs one-way, 900 Rs with 2-hour wait by driver for return trip. Total travel time: 35 minutes.

    Public Transit: Jeep or bus from McLeod bus stand to Dharamsala bus stand, 15 Rs per person, runs every 5-10 minutes. From Dharamsala take a bus to Gaggal, 15 Rs per person, running every 5-10 minutes. From Gaggal bus stop, walk towards fruit/vegetable market and you will find taxi drivers on the opposite side of the road. Take a taxi to Sarah College, 100 Rs one-way or 400 Rs with 2-hour wait by driver for return trip. Total travel time: 70 minutes.

  • Thosamling Nunnery and Institute
    Sidhpur, 176057, Distt. Kangra,
    Himachal Pradesh
    India
    November 22, 2017
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Taming the Mind

    What is meditation, and why bother doing it? Does it involve long hours navel-gazing, or having mystical experiences and visions? Venerable Thubten Chodron gives a clear and practical introduction to the types of meditation taught by the Buddha and how meditating can help us to transform our mind and bring inner peace and joy.

    For more information, contact thosamling [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Tushita Meditation Centre
    McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala
    Himachal Pradesh
    176219
    India
    November 24, 2017
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Integrating Dharma into Daily Life

    How do we bring our Dharma practice off the cushion and out of the books into our daily lives? Venerable Thubten Chodron gives a talk as part of the introductory course to Buddhism at Tushita Meditation Centre, sharing practical advice on how to apply our Dharma knowledge when the rubber hits the road.

  • Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre
    No. 9, Padmini Enclave
    Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi
    110016
    India
    November 30, 2017
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

    Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood retreats. All these traditions trace their beginnings to the teachings of the Buddha in India 2,500 years ago, which spread worldwide in all directions and into numerous languages. Venerable Thubten Chodron maps out the convergence and divergence of the rich diversity of Buddhist traditions, illuminating the many ways they share a common heritage and goals.

    For more information, contact mahayanadelhi [at] gmail [dot] com


Malaysia

  • Buddhist Gem Fellowship
    D-G-2, Block D, Jalan PJU 1A/3K
    Taipan 1, Ara Damansara
    Selangor, Malaysia
    December 2-3, 2017
    9:30 am – 4:30 pm both days

    Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to the Dharma & How to Face the Eight Worldly Conditions

    A two-day retreat with Venerable Thubten Chodron

    You sit in the front row of meditation class in perfect lotus position, wearing the best meditation outfit, holding a crystal mala, looking peaceful and holy. Is this what Dharma practice is all about? Venerable Thubten Chodron cuts through the eight worldly concerns that can hijack our spiritual practice, and shows us how to cultivate a genuine motivation for practicing the Dharma that will truly benefit ourselves and others in the long-term.

    Register online

    For more information, contact Lai Kim Looi at 012 210 2519 or email bgf [at] dhammaduta [at] gmail [dot] com.

  • Nalanda Buddhist Society
    3357, Jalan 18/31, Taman Sri Serdang,
    43300 Seri Kembangan
    Selangor, Malaysia
    December 5-7, 2017
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

    Public talks with Ven. Thubten Chodron
    Day 1: Mind and Rebirth
    Day 2: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
    Day 3: The Path to Awakening

    Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana—what do these words really mean, and are they completely different expressions of the Buddha’s teachings? In this series of three evening talks, Venerable Thubten Chodron encourages us to look beyond the superficial differences between Buddhist traditions, and explores how all forms of Buddhism, amid their rich diversity, share a common heritage and common goals.

    The series is organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Contact Chee Voon at +6017 677 6106 for more information.

  • Leong See Kah Miew
    65, Jalan Perak,
    10150 George Town
    Penang, Malaysia
    December 8, 2017
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Being a Friend to Yourself

    A public talk with Venerable Thubten Chodron

    Do you often criticize yourself and beat yourself up when you make mistakes? Or do you worry about what others think of you, and bend over backwards to make everyone happy? Venerable Thubten Chodron shares how to release our unrealistic expectations of ourselves and instead become our own best friend by cultivating genuine self-confidence.

    Talk organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Contact Chean Sze Kher at +6016 4017763 for more information.

  • Bodhi Heart Sanctuary
    Jalan Mt Erskine, Mt Erskine
    10470 George Town
    Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
    December 9-10, 2017

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

    A retreat with Venerable Thubten Chodron
    Saturday, December 9, 9:00 am – 6pm
    Sunday, December 10, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

    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 two-day retreat on karma and how it works, giving practical advice on 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 the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Contact Chean Sze Kher at +6016 4017763 for more information.

  • Than Hsiang Temple
    32, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah
    11900 Bayan Lepas
    Penang, Malaysia
    December 10, 2017
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    My Favorite Pastime: Complaining

    A public talk with Venerable Thubten Chodron

    Do you have a PhD in fault-finding, nit-picking, and being judgmental? Or maybe you live with someone with the same qualifications? Venerable Thubten Chodron points to the complaining mind as one of the sources of unhappiness for ourselves and others, and shows us how to give up our favorite pastime for more beneficial ways of thinking.

    Talk organized by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia. Contact Chean Sze Kher at +6016 4017763 for more information.


Singapore

  • Poh Ming Tse Temple
    438 Dunearn Rd
    Singapore, 289613 Singapore
    +65 6466 0785
    December 13, 2017
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness

    A book launch with Venerable Thubten Chodron

    How do we balance the needs of our everyday lives with our spiritual aspirations? In Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness: A Commentary on Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice for a King, Venerable Thubten Chodron offers wisdom from Tibetan master Khensur Jampa Tegchok, who comments on Indian sage Nagarjuna’s advice to a king on how to live and lead with wisdom and compassion. Join her as she shares from this beautiful poem on how to attain our immediate and ultimate spiritual goals.

    Register online

    For more information, contact (65) 6466 0785 or email pmt [at] pmt [dot] org [dot] sg.

  • Amitabha Buddhist Centre
    44 Lorong 25A Geylang
    388244 Singapore
    December 14, 2017
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    How to Be Miserable with Attachment and Happy without It

    A public talk with Venerable Chodron

    If you’re Buddhist, you’ve heard this said many times: attachment is one of the root causes of our suffering. Yet, why is it so hard for us to let it go? Join Venerable Thubten Chodron for a reality check on how attachment works in our lives and how to overcome the obstacles to attaining genuine happiness in the long run.

    For more information, contact (65) 6745 8547 or email centre [at] fpmtabc [dot] org

  • Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre
    20 Lorong 27A Geylang
    Singapore 388112, 388112
    Singapore
    +65 6748 5132
    December 15 & 16, 2017
    8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

    The Vimalakirti Sutra

    Two public talks with Venerable Thubten Chodron

    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. Venerable Thubten Chodron continues a well-received series of talks that began in 2016, revealing the rich Dharma conveyed in this popular Mahayana sutra.

    For more information, contact (65) 6748 5132

  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Medicine Buddha Hall
    88 Bright Hill Road
    Singapore, 574117 Singapore
    +65 6849 5300
    December 16, 2017
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Mindful Meditation, Quality Living

    A daylong workshop by Venerable Thubten Chodron and Venerable Thubten Damcho

    How does having a daily meditation practice affect our quality of life? In this daylong workshop, Venerable Thubten Chodron will give a morning talk on what the Buddha taught about mindfulness and how different meditation methods help us to develop our potential and bring benefit to our lives. Her student Venerable Thubten Damcho leads the afternoon meditation and discussion.

    Register online

    For more information, contact (65) 6849 5326 or email sed [at] kmspks [dot] org

  • Buddhist Fellowship West
    2 Telok Blangah Street 31
    #02-00 Yeo’s Building
    Singapore, 108942 Singapore
    +65 6278 0900
    December 17, 2017
    10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    It’s Not About the Money: Sutta on the Dung Beetle

    A Sunday service and talk with Venerable Thubten Chodron

    The Pilahaka Sutta on the dung beetle from the Pali Canon is brief, but it packs a powerful message: as long as we are caught up with worldly concerns, our spiritual practice will go nowhere. Venerable Thubten Chodron speaks on how we can take the teaching in this sutta to heart by so that our Dharma practice will truly bear fruit in liberation and awakening.

    For more information, contact (65) 6278 0900

  • The Buddhist Library
    No. 2, Lorong 24A Geylang Road
    Singapore, 398526
    +65 6746 8435
    December 17, 2017
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    The Light of Liberation: True Satisfaction and Fulfillment

    A public talk by Venerable Thubten Chodron

    More and better, cheaper and faster… Is it possible to find satisfaction in our modern world? Venerable Thubten Chodron shows us how the causes of fulfilment are not external but internal—and by freeing the mind from afflictions, we can taste the true joy of liberation.

    For more information, contact (65) 6746 8435 or info [at] buddhlib [dot] org [dot] sg.

  • Tibetan Buddhist Centre
    281 Jalan Besar
    Singapore, 208944
    Singapore
    +65 6291 1089
    December 19, 2017
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Logic and Reasoning in Daily Life

    How do we know when we’re making decisions based on reason, or being driven by irrational judgments? Can we actually believe everything that we think? Venerable Thubten Chodron shows how to apply Tibetan Buddhist teachings on logic and reasoning to our everyday thought processes, to help us to make decisions that are beneficial for ourselves and others in the long-term.

    For more information, contact (65) 6291 1089 or email centre [at] tibetanbc [dot] org

  • Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery
    Ven. Hong Choon Memorial Hall Classroom 9
    88 Bright Hill Road
    Singapore, 574117
    Singapore
    +65 6849 5300
    December 20, 2017
    7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    Connecting with Amitabha Buddha

    A public talk by Venerable Thubten Chodron

    The practice of reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name to attain rebirth in Pureland is practically synonymous with Chinese Buddhism. However, did you know that this practice exists in Tibetan Buddhism as well? Venerable Thubten Chodron teaches on the Amitabha Buddha practice from the perspective of both the Tibetan and Chinese Buddhist traditions, uncovering its essence beyond apparent differences.

    Register online

    For more information, contact (65) 6849 5326 or email sed [at] kmspks [dot] org

  • Pureland Marketing
    29 Geylang Lorong 29 #04-01/02
    Singapore, 388078
    Singapore
    +65 6297 4747
    December 21-22, 2017
    7:30 – 9:30 PM

    Aspiring for Awakening

    Two teachings by Venerable Thubten Chodron on Chapter 7 of Shantideva’s Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds

    Why is it important to cultivate the aspiration to become a Buddha again, and again, and again? Venerable Thubten Chodron continues teaching on Chapter 7 of Shantideva’s Engaging in the Bodhisattvas’ Deeds, on how we can apply the far-reaching practice of joyous effort to strengthen our determination to attain Buddhahood.

    For more information, contact (65) 6297 4747/ 4646

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