Managing Emotions Mindfully
with Tenzin Chogkyi

His Holiness the Dalai Lama always says, “We all want happiness, and want to avoid suffering.” However, most of us struggle with disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, jealousy, resentment, etc., that are disturbing to our own happiness, and often others’ as well. Does Buddhism have any unique perspective to offer that can help us deal with our disturbing emotions? What does Western psychology say about emotions, and how does that compare to the Buddhist teachings?

Join us for this series in which we will explore the interface between the ideas of modern psychology and the Buddhist contemplative methods that increase our sense of well-being, meaning and purpose and deal with our disturbing emotions. These sessions will include discourse, discussion, meditation instruction and guided meditation sessions. They are suitable for new students as well as experienced students wishing to deepen their practice.

It is most beneficial if you can attend the whole series but you can also register for individual stand alone sessions if you prefer.

NOTE: To preserve a space where people can engage with each other and share freely their personal experiences, these sessions will not be recorded.

April 16, 2022: Emotions: friend or foe?

June 18, 2022: Contrasting Buddhist Views with Western Psychology

August 20, 2022: Antidotes to Anger

October 15, 2022: Mapping an Emotional Episode

Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)

For questions regarding registration, please email for assistance.

About the Teacher

Tenzin Chogkyi (she/her/hers) is a teacher of workshops and programs that bridge the worlds of Buddhist thought, contemplative practice, mental and emotional cultivation, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology. Tenzin first became interested in meditation in the early 1970s and then started practicing Tibetan Buddhism in early 1991 during a year she spent studying in India and Nepal. She completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period and took monastic ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, practicing as a monastic for nearly 20 years. Since 2006 she has been teaching in Buddhist centers around the world and taught in prisons for 15 years.

She is also a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training and the Cultivating Emotional Balance program. Tenzin is especially interested in bringing the wisdom of Buddhism into modern culture and into alignment with modern cultural values such as racial and gender justice and environmental awareness. She feels strongly that a genuine and meaningful spiritual path includes not only personal transformation, but social and cultural transformation as well. She loves interfaith collaboration and is a volunteer for the Interfaith Speakers Bureau of the Islamic Networks Group in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She is featured on a monthly radio show called “Reflections on Buddhism” on KSQD 90.7 in the Santa Cruz area. She also finds time to create her Unlocking True Happiness podcast which you can check out at where you will also find her current teaching schedule. She is currently based on traditional Awaswas Ohlone land, in what is now known as Santa Cruz, CA.