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Shantideva: Together at Home

Dear Friends,

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. We miss all of you! 

Let’s take everyone’s minds off the news for a little while and check in with each other. A virtual tea party or BYOB if you will!

On Saturday, Jun 6, Shantideva Center will host a Zoom get-together from 5-6pm facilitated by Ven. Tenzin Pelyang. The event is free, but you will need to register to get the Zoom link.  

We hope you will drop by so we can see each other’s lovely faces…together at home.

About the Facilitators

Ven. Tenzin Pelyang came to Buddhism first through the Theravada Thai Forest lineage. On advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, she was ordained as a nun by Jhado Rinpoche and HH Dalai Lama in Dharamsala India, then studied at Thosamling Monastic Institute near Dharamsala, Kopan Monastery in Nepal, and Sravasti Abbey USA. Her main teachers are Ven. Thubten Chodron, Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Rabbi Jeff Roth in the mystical Jewish tradition. Religious harmony, awakening & healing the hearts of ourselves, others & our environment, and visual arts have been her life concerns. She was trained in western-style painting & drawing, and later studied thangka painting with Andy Weber. Ven. Tenzin has been an active member of various 12-step recovery programs for many years. The self-reflection & purification skills cultivated in that context, have complemented and inspired the rest of her spiritual practice. Currently she is grateful for the good fortune to be back in NYC, practicing with the Shantideva Center and managing the care of her precious 96-year old mother.

Pamela Patton is the Director of Pastoral Ministries at the Unitarian Church of All Souls. She also leads support groups oriented toward illness and end of life. Pamela is pursuing certification in hospital and hospice chaplaincy, and has completed clinical units in several NYC hospitals. She began to explore Buddhism in 2012 while earning her Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary, and after a few years began to establish a daily meditation practice. It was when she started offering meditation in her support groups that Pamela began to see the power of meditation to transform and alleviate the suffering of all beings. Pamela has been a student in the Discovering Buddhism program at Shantideva Center for two years, and her studies fuel her efforts to maintain and deepen her meditation practice. Pamela lives in Manhattan with her husband and her three children.

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