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DISCOVERING BUDDHISM

Daylong Retreat with Gus Cutz: All About Karma

“If we must fear death, we should fear it because of the loss of opportunity to make our lives worthwhile, because of the loss of opportunity to subdue our minds.” –Yangsi Rinpoche, Practicing the Path

Karma is the law of cause and effect that determines how we experience our lives. When we understand how karma works, we know which actions will bring joy and benefit, and which actions will cause harm. A clear understanding of karma gives us enormous power to develop our limitless positive potential. Cultivating faith in karma also inspires us to acknowledge the harmful actions we’ve done in the past, correct course, and weed the gardens of our mind by purifying past negative actions.

Come join this daylong retreat, where Gus Cutz will lead us in meditation and conversation all about karma! We will discuss the karmic benefits of cultivating virtue, and gain experience with karmic purification practice aimed transforming and uplifting our minds. Together we will explore ways to become adept at dealing with life most effectively.

This retreat is the culminating event for Discovering Buddhism: All About Karma, though all are welcome to join.

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, an email receipt will be sent to the email address that you used to register. A login link for Zoom will be on the receipt. 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 have questions about Zoom or on how to access the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Schedule

10:30-10:45Welcome and Motivation
10:45-11:30Session
11:30-11:45Break
11:45-12:15Session
12:15-12:30Walking Meditation
12:30-1:30Lunch Break
1:30-2:00Q&A
2:00-2:30Session
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-3:15Session
3:15-3:30Dedication and conclusion

Registration

Suggested: $30
Other offering options: free to $40

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)

If the registration above didn’t work for you, please try this alternative page, or email [email protected]antidevanyc.org for assistance.

Discovering Buddhism Certification

FPMT certification is available for those who complete all the components of the course. The completion certificate confirms the satisfaction of having accomplished a comprehensive engagement with the path to enlightenment and is symbolic of your commitment to spiritual awakening.

If you are interested in receiving credit for completing this module, please indicate your commitment to completing all of the module’s requirements by printing, completing, and signing the first page of this document: Requirements for Official Completion of Discovering Buddhism and bring it the retreat, or email it to [email protected].

About the Teacher

Gustavo Cutz has been an active volunteer with Shantideva Center since 2008 and previously worked as an editor at Wisdom Publications in Boston. He was the facilitator for Discovering Buddhism until 2012 and has taught the course since 2017. He is in the process of becoming an FPMT-certified teacher. Gus also interprets and summarizes Geshe Thubten Soepa’s teachings on topics such as the Four Noble Truths, the eight worldly concerns, the six perfections, the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation,” and, most recently, Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, chapters 1-3. Gus is a clinical psychologist and currently practices on Long Island.

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