The Importance of Practicing Self-Compassion Now
Friday July 17, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4)
In our daily lives, we are often bombarded by external experiences that show cruelty and heartlessness. We are influenced by these situations and begin to believe that to be happy we need to follow a particular behavior, obtain an array of material items, or attain a certain status. Little by little, the natural, authentic, dynamic flow of who we really are gets blocked, instead manifesting as something more constrictive, negative, hostile, or fearful. So, we escape, blame others, or numb ourselves to what is really happening. Then the ruminating mind takes over, deepening the false veil on our perceptions. This is the perfect time for practice!
How can we use our vulnerability to generate a strong wish to emerge from our confusion and separation and spark a deep experience of compassion for others? This program explores a path of transformation by being present with our pain, fear, and aversion and incorporates mindfulness exercises to help us move through these less than comfortable states.
Making Friends with Death
Saturday July 18, 10am-4pm* EDT (UTC-4)
*lunch break: 12-2pm
Finding Peace and Perspective in This Ultimate Transition
In our culture, death often presents an anxious situation ridden with fear, loss, hopelessness, and grief. Explore a more expansive view of this natural transition and how we can face death with peace, with dignity, and without regret. Discussion and meditation will be included along with practical applications for caregivers. Open to all levels of students with a particular interest in death and dying, those involved in hospice work, and all caregivers.
How Karma Works
Sunday July 19, 10am-4pm* EDT (UTC-4)
*lunch break: 12-2pm
What Goes Around, Comes Around
Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Join this lively workshop to understand the workings of karma and how some small positive adjustments in life can move you to a more peaceful and happier experience.
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].
Registration / Schedule
Lunch break: 12-2pm EDT (UTC-4) on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday: Suggested $20
Other offering options free to $30
Saturday, Sunday: Suggested $40 per day
Other offering options free to $60
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)
Dana for the Teacher
About the Teacher
Venerable Amy Miller has been teaching extensively since 1992 and was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000 by the great Tibetan master, Venerable Choden Rinpoche. She has previously directed several FPMT centers and projects for decades and has completed a seven-month solitary retreat. Her teaching style emphasizes a practical approach to integrating Buddhist philosophy into everyday life. She is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living. Venerable teaches and leads retreats and pilgrimages around the world. Her teaching schedule and other information can be found at www.AmyMiller.com.