Real Love.
with Ven. Yönten
Sun Feb 14, 10:30am–3:30pm EST

The words “love” and “attachment” have markedly different meanings in Buddhism than the connotations we grew up with. Because of that, when trying to connect with and increase love, for ourselves and others, we may mix it with attachment and all the unrealistic expectations that come with it. When attachment is thwarted, anger and/or sadness follow right on its heels and the real love becomes hard to access. We can become disappointed in ourselves, others, and even the concept of love itself.

In this course, love in its purest form will be discussed, and techniques for integrating and deepening it will be shared. Explore ways to tidy up your relationship with yourself, your personal relationships, and all sentient beings. Presented with logic and humor, meditation and discussion, this one-day course might be the perfect antidote to the chaos around Valentine’s Day.


Ven. Yönten gives a brief overview of her background and offers the perfect practice for Valentine’s Day – how to distinguish between love and the affliction of attachment, and how we can integrate our understanding of love to enjoy and be at ease in our relationships.

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Important Note

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom which 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. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login a few minutes earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

After registering, the system automatically sends you a confirmation email and a receipt email (if applicable) that contain the Zoom meeting link and other instructions if any. If you don’t immediately receive the email(s) with the Zoom information, or you have questions about Zoom or accessing the class online, please contact us at [email protected].

Registration/ Schedule

Suggested: $40
Other offering options: free, $5, $10, $20, $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. 

Morning Session: 10:30am-12:30pm EST 
Break: 12:30pm-1:30pm EST 
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm-3:30pm EST

Shantideva Center may publish recorded sessions in the public domain (e.g., on YouTube). By registering for this event, you are agreeing to give your consent to this process. To protect your privacy, we recommend being conscious about any personal information you share during the sessions. To further enhance anonymity, you may want to consider turning off video or naming yourself using abbreviations.

Time zone: US Eastern Standard Time (GMT/UTC-5)

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Course Materials

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About the Teacher

Bhikshuni Lozang Yönten is an American-born Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition who was ordained in 2003. A practicing Buddhist since 1994, Ven. Yönten moved to Chenrezig Institute in Australia and studied intensively under Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering (Lharampa Geshe from Sera Je Monastery and former Abbot of Gyü-me Tanric College) from 2002 – 2009, completing their Buddhist Studies Program. She then continued to study, retreat and offer service at Dharma Centers in India and Taiwan as well as Australia and New Zealand, becoming an In-Depth Registered Teacher within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in 2012.

Ven. Yönten was the Resident Teacher of Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre in the Blue Mountains of Australia from 2012 – 2015 before becoming teacher-in-residence six months of the year at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity in New Zealand until 2018. She continues to offer classes and retreats at both Centers annually.

Currently, Ven. Yönten divides her time as a touring teacher and retreat leader, as well as annually offering the Buddhadharma from a secular perspective in Israel as a member of the Buddhist faculty for a seven-year post graduate program called Human Spirit which is a Buddhist Psychoanalytic Training Program.