Helpful Habits: Body, Speech and Mind in the Real World
with Miffi Maxmillion

Fridays, Jul 14, 21, 28, & Aug 4, 7–9pm EDT ONLINE

Discover how to break destructive patterns and replace them with lasting habits that support your own happiness, and that radiate out to create peace in the world. Using a foundation of Buddhist psychology, learn practical methods to harness the power of body, speech, and mind for a happier life of benefit to all. This becomes a strong foundation for further practice, and the support for complete liberation from the sufferings of cyclic existence.

Whether they be our physical expression and how we treat others, how we communicate, or our own thoughts and feelings—merely suppressing destructive patterns takes energy and is rarely effective in the long run. If we can begin to dismantle them step-by-step, we can replace destructive behavior with beneficial habits that enhance our own peace of mind, and benefit others as well.

Topics include:

  • Identifying what triggers our negative habits and compulsions
  • Mindfulness and understanding the negative habit cycle
  • Destructive behaviors and how to dismantle them
  • Simple techniques to cultivate positive mental habits
  • Practical methods to make our communication both kind and effective

This course is relevant for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists, and whether you are religious or not. Although the classes are sequential you can join at any time. We have allowed plenty of time for questions in class, and a short break for a stretch and refresh.

Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom.

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*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. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

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 benefits will apply automatically if you have a membership in MindBody. 

Shantideva Center may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By registering for this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. To further enhance anonymity, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using abbreviations.

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

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Additional Materials


All recordings will be available soon.

Dana for the Teacher

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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.