Teachings with Venerable Amy Miller
The Importance of Practicing Self-Compassion Now
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
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
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.
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.