Demystifying Tibetan Buddhist Rituals (Part 1)
with Miffi Maxmillion

Fridays, Jul 16–Aug 6, 7–8:30pm EDT ONLINE

Rituals can be a beautiful way to spiritually connect the body, speech, and mind. They are also a powerful way to develop positive mind states and subdue the negative mind, while serving as a compelling foundation for your spiritual practice to flourish.

Enhance your practice by learning the meaning of these Tibetan Buddhist rituals. Learn the proper way to set up an altar and make water bowl offerings. Gain an understanding of the symbolic meaning of the mandala and how to perform the long mandala offering. Create new habits as a tool for climbing out of your own samsara.

This course is appropriate for beginners and seasoned practitioners. Deepen your understanding of the power of the rituals as an instrument to move your mind toward manifesting your own beautiful qualities and potentials.

Session 1: Why have an altar? 

Discover how to set up your own altar with the essential elements and how to customize it as a living practice, reflecting your own inner journey.

Session 2: Why and how to make offerings

Making water bowl offerings is a simple yet profound practice that gentles the mind, and it is a unique way to practice generosity no matter your financial resources.

Session 3: What is a mandala?

Mandalas are universal symbols of wholeness and transformation, found across cultures. In Buddhism this is also a way to break down our habitual ordinary (and often distorted) view of reality.

Session 4: How to make a mandala offering

Explore the deeply symbolic meaning underlying the long mandala offering, a joyful and extremely satisfying practice of building up the three-tiered rice and jewel piles that represent a perfect world.

Video: Ven. Robina Courtin Introduces Miffi Maxmillion

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.

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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. 

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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

Miffi Maxmillion is the Spiritual Program Coordinator at Langri Tangpa Centre in Brisbane, Australia and is an FPMT registered teacher. Miffi was brought up a Buddhist and had the great good fortune to play with Lama Yeshe as a child. His hook of compassion sustained her through the many rebellious stages of growing up. She took refuge with Lama Yeshe at age 10, and did her first lamrim and Nyung Ne retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at age 16.

Miffi’s passion is in bridging the seemingly disparate worlds of modern life and the rich inner experience of Buddhist practice. She teaches classes and leads pujas with great enthusiasm and joy. She also admits to watching far too much late night TV and is an avid reader of The New Yorker.