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Mind and Mental Factors
with Ven. Fedor Stracke

This event is now revised to a five-week online teaching on Saturdays, 10:30am- 12pm, Mar 28 to May 2.

“Why is it so important to know the nature of our own mind? Since we all want happiness, enjoyment, peace and satisfaction, and since these things do not come from ice cream but from wisdom and the mind, we have to understand what the mind is and how it works.”

— Lama Yeshe

What is the mind, and how does it operate? What is its role in creating our experience of happiness and suffering? How can understanding the mind bring about happiness and reduce dissatisfaction? Buddhist teachings have answered these questions in astonishing detail, which are as applicable to minds today as they were in the fifth century BCE.

Venerable Fedor Stracke will serve as our guide to this rich and vast topic, of which he is a dedicated scholar. Over five weekly sessions, Ven. Fedor will offer a deep dive into specific positive mental factors, like mindfulness and compassion, and harmful mental afflictions, such as anger and attachment. To put this knowledge into practice, we will also look at how to identify various mental states, counteract our mental afflictions, and apply this knowledge–in meditation and in day-to-day situations. This five-week series will feature a rich combination of teachings, meditation practice, and discussion arising out of opportunities to ask questions and hear answers. Join us as we explore inner space!

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].

Here are the prayers we will use for the sessions.


Suggested Offering

Suggested: $20, or $90 for all five weeks.

Other offering options: free to $30

The suggested amounts help 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. If you need assistance transferring your membership in PayPal, please contact [email protected]

About the Teacher

Venerable Fedor StrackeVen. Fedor Stracke has been a Buddhist monk since 1988. For the past 25 years, he has been studying the Dharma, translating Tibetan texts, interpreting for his teachers, and teaching the Dharma at FPMT centers around the world. He has received many teachings from masters at Kopan Monastery, Nalanda Monastery, and Sera Jey Monastery. At Sera Jey Monastery, he followed the Geshe Program for many years, and during his time in India, attended extensive teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For the last seven years, Venerable Fedor has been the resident teacher at Aryatara Institut in Munich and also teaches the FPMT Basic Program for Western students at Kopan Monastery.

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