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A Trilogy of the Open Heart : A workshop on Generosity, Enthusiasm, and Patience – Ven. Khenpo Pema Wangdak | 7-9PM


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Trilogy of the Open Heart : A workshop on Generosity, Enthusiasm, and Patience
Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak

Wednesdays, January 16, 23 & 30; 7-9PM  |  Suggested donation: $20    RSVP here

The Power of Generosity
Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak

“To take delight in extending the hand and giving, as well as induce others to generosity, are qualities well acquired indeed.” Nagarjuna. We often think of generosity in material terms, as the sharing of food, clothing, and possessions. But a giving attitude can touch every aspect of our lives, opening our hearts and turning every act into an opportunity for kindness. Khenpo Pema will guide us to a deeper understanding of generosity and show how each of us can cultivate and endlessly expand this essential quality, which is the foundation of the Mahayana path.

Wednesdays, January 16; 7-9   |  Suggested donation: $20    RSVP here

The Power of Enthusiasm
Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak

Imagine a power that must be reckoned with and that is the force behind all possibilities, without which the virtues of the world and merits of the individual will simply not flourish. The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva points to just such a power. Here we are guided on how to go about acquiring this sustained energy, which can both inspire and provoke our inner strength and make use of the potentialities. Enthusiasm empowers everything, from our confidence in the relative nature of things to compassion, kindness, generosity, discipline, meditation, and even our success in life’s daily affairs.

“Therefore, I should aspire for virtue, And with great respect acquaint myself with it. Having undertaken the wholesome in the manner of Vajradhvaja, I should proceed to acquaint myself with self-confidence.” Shantideva

Ven. Khenpo Pema Wangdak will offer guided meditation and teachings that present the purpose, essential qualities, and benefits of enthusiasm as an indispensable component of successful Dharma practice.

Wednesday, January 23; 7-9  |   Suggested donation: $20    RSVP here

Exploring Patience and Its Strength
Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak

The enduring positive effects of peace, loving-kindness, and compassion, and everything else that is good in human nature—its values and ethics, its aspirations and goals—are possible only when combined with the strength of the power of patience. Without that strength, these values, profound and noble though they may be, are often seen to be fragile and frail, and thus are neglected, ignored, and misunderstood even by those who aspire to live by them.

Drawing on the teachings of Buddha, the virtues of patience, in the length and depth of its meaning, will be presented as an indispensable component of and the very key to a successful life, spiritual or mundane, and every meaningful thing we do: at home, at work, in social life, education, health, and all else that is conceivable. Our measure of accomplishment is fundamentally based on a solid foundation of patience.

The talk includes discussion, meditation on the subject of patience, and question-and-answer session.

Wednesday, January 30; 7-9 |  Suggested donation: $20    RSVP here

About Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak

In 1982, he was sent to the West by His Holiness the Sakya Trichen, as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers in America from the Sakya School. In 1989 Khenpo Pema founded the Vikramasila Foundation. The Foundation encompasses the Palden Sakya Centers in New York City, Woodstock, NY, Philmont, NY, Englewood, NJ, Springfield, VT, Portland, ME, and Dayton OH. The Palden Sakya Centers offer courses in Tibetan Buddhist studies and meditation. Khenpo Pema is the creator of “Bur Yig”–Tibetan Braille, and the founder of Pema Ts’al (English for Lotus Grove) Schools in Mundgod, India (for Tibetan lay children); Pokhara, Nepal (monastic schools for boys); and Pema Ts’al School in New York City, with a curriculum modeled on that of Sakya College, India. Khenpo Pema was recognized with the title of “Khenpo” by His Holiness the Sakya Trichen in 2007. He received the distinguished “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” award by the National Ethical Coalition of Organizations in May, 2009 at Ellis Island for his humanitarian work around the world. Khenpo Pema is the first Tibetan ever to have received such an award. Khenpo Pema has been guiding Western students for 35 years, and he continues to travel and teach extensively to Dharma centers around the world.


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