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Building Inner Strength


ONLINE (Must register to receive Zoom login information)

In this five-week mind science course, we will use the Building Inner Strength discussion guide as a flexible basis to explore the first five of the 16 Guidelines for Life: Humility, Patience, Contentment, Rejoicing/Delight, and Kindness. These positive qualities, which we can intentionally and actively cultivate in ourselves, are important antidotes to the causes of the suffering mind. We will explore what real happiness is or might be, and discover for ourselves whether building our inner strength and resilience might contribute to it.

The 16 Guidelines for Life was developed as a learning and practice tool that any of us can use to build inner strength by focusing on our common humanity and shared human values.

Recommended Readings

Alison Murdoch and Dekyi-Lee Oldershaw, 16 Guidelines for Life: The Basics.

The Building Inner Strength discussion guide can be downloaded here.

Further readings for each week:

Content from the 16 Guidelines website:

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom, as the center is currently closed due to COVID-19. Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend.

After registering, an email receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. A login link for Zoom will be on the receipt. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

If you have questions about Zoom or on how to access the class online, please contact us at [email protected].


Suggested Offering

Suggested: $20, or $90 for all five weeks.

Other offering options: free to $30

The suggested amounts help support teacher offerings and expenses, direct costs and rent. Shantideva member discounts or benefits will be applied automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. If you need assistance transferring your membership in PayPal, please contact [email protected]

About the Facilitator

Janna Weiss currently practices acupuncture and teaches mind science in New York City. She holds a PhD from the University of Texas Austin in Biological Sciences – Botany (ethnobotany). Janna is also a human rights activist and blogger, for peace, for Tibet and for the rights of people with psychosocial disabilities. Janna began studying Tibetan Buddhism with Dharma Friends of Israel in 2005.

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