Managing Emotions Mindfully
with Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi

Saturdays, Apr 16, Jun 18, Aug 20 & Oct 15, 10:30am–12:30pm EDT ONLINE

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: Emotions: friend or foe?

June 18: Contrasting Buddhist Views with Western Psychology

August 20: Antidotes to Anger

October 15: Mapping an Emotional Episode

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, the system automatically sends a confirmation and/or a receipt email that contains the Zoom meeting link or other instructions. 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 don’t immediately receive the email(s) with the Zoom information, or you have questions about Zoom or accessing the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Registration / Schedule

Suggested: $20 per session, or $72 for all 4-weeks of the course
Other offering options: free, $5, $10, $30

The suggested amount helps 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. 

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

For questions regarding registration, please email [email protected] for assistance.

Dana for the Teacher

Shantideva Center makes offerings to all of our teachers using the funds collected through registration. You can give additional support to the teacher and create a stronger karmic connection by offering dana. Please make sure to select the teacher’s name in the dropdown menu. Dana offered is passed entirely to the teacher, but please note that it is not tax-deductible.

About the Teacher

Venerable Tenzin ChogkyiVenerable Tenzin Chogkyi (she/her) is a Buddhist monastic, activist, and popular Buddhist retreat leader and teacher. She loves bridging the worlds of Buddhist thought, current events, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology. She is passionate about social justice, and has taught in prisons in the US, Colombia, Australia, and New Zealand. She is also a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training and the Cultivating Emotional Balance program. 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

For more information about Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, please visit