Dharma Office Hours with Gen Don Handrick

Sun Dec 12, 5–6pm EST

Please note:Registration will open for non-members on Nov 29.

Each Dharma student enters the spiritual path in their own unique way. The first step may have been taken weeks or decades ago. The seed may have been planted while reading a book on Buddhism, sharing a conversation with a friend or family member, or feeling an inexplicable connection with a holy place or spiritual teacher. Our spiritual paths are as unique as our own minds are.

But it would be mistaken to consider the path a solitary one. The Buddha taught to his friend and attendant Ananda that friendship forms the basis for the whole of spiritual life. As we have come to rely on the Buddha and his teachings to develop our minds and expand our hearts, we see others sharing the same enthusiasm for these methods and come to rely on their steady presence too.

In the Buddhist tradition, teachers are special kinds of spiritual friends, or kalyanamitras, who play a significant role in inspiring, encouraging, and challenging us in our practices. All present understanding of the Dharma has been passed from teacher to student throughout the ages, forming an unbroken lineage that leads directly to the living Buddha himself.

In praise of this amazing network of spectacular minds, Shantideva Center presents a rare opportunity to meet with our skilled teachers directly in a 25-minute one-on-one personal meeting. For the session on Sun Dec 12, 2 students will have a rare opportunity to meet with Gen Don Handrick. The purpose of this meeting is to foster a space for Dharma practitioners to bring questions specific to developing Dharma practice.

Stay tuned for information on registration and times for Dharma Office Hours with teachers such as Guy Newland, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering, Venerable Amy Miller, Venerable Lozang Yönten, Venerable Robina Courtin, Gen Don Handrick, and more!


  1. Bring your most pressing questions to ask. Keep them simple, direct, and about your own spiritual experiences or Dharma challenges.
  2. Be respectful. This program is only possible through the generosity of our teachers, who are committed to sharing the benefit borne of their own dedicated practice.
  3. Be brave. It can be intimidating to share your challenges with your practice, but don’t pass on this rare opportunity to make focused spiritual progress with the consultation of a Dharma specialist!

To read more advice on finding the right questions to ask spiritual teachers, click here.

As a thanks to our members for their invaluable and precious support, the first week of registration is reserved exclusively for supporting members of Shantideva Center, after which registration will be open to all. Registration for all time slots will be confirmed on a first-come basis.

Shantideva Center will make an offering to the teacher (dana) for their generosity in sharing the Dharma in this one-on-one program. Students are welcome to make a donation to support Shantideva Center for all its activities.

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].


Open donation: $108, $50, $35, $21, $10, $5, free

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 Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5)

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Additional Materials

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

Gen (Tibetan for “elder”) Don is a touring teacher for the FPMT, sharing the Dharma with centers and study groups in North America and other parts of the world, both in-person and online. He connected with Tibetan Buddhism in 1993 through the teachings of Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

In 1996 he commenced formal study at Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, the FPMT center in San Francisco. In 1998, he entered the FPMT’s Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study program in Tuscany, Italy, taught by Geshe Jampa Gyatso. After the completion of his studies, Gen Don moved to Northern New Mexico and in 2005 and began teaching for the FPMT.

In 2015, he had the honor of being selected by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to lead the renowned November Course, a one-month teaching and meditation retreat held annually at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Gen Don has received teachings from many esteemed lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok.

Students appreciate his humble, compassionate demeanor and his capacity to explain profound ideas with precision, contemporary examples and humor.

Visit his website at https://www.donhandrick.com.