July 31, 2014 by  
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There is a great weekend of teachings & practice with Khenpo Pema Wangdak at EWAM CHODEN.

PUBLIC TALKExploring Patience and Its Strength


REQUESTED DONATION—$15.00  Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate.

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.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY—-SOJONG and LOJONG བློ་སྦྱོང  A weekend meeting with Ven. Khenpo Pema Wangdak for intensive teachings and practice sessions on  purifying and training one’s mind toward compassion

INFO FROM KHENPO PEMA—-The three most influential Lojong textsParting From the Four Attachments, Eight-Verse Lojong, and Seven-Point Mind Training—which have sustained the spirit and purpose of life for millions over the centuries, will be reread, reviewed, and reflected upon, accompanied by step-by-step alternating meditation throughout the day. We will do this as a reminder, as well as an introduction for those who are new to the Lojong teachings, that everything worthwhile in this world and in our life is rooted in the spirit of compassion and kindness that is nurtured by joy of life and equanimity of mind. There will be group practice sessions for beginners and experienced students alike.

The daily schedule will consist of alternating periods of teaching, practice, and guided meditation, with a personal audience with Khenpo Pema. Dedicated practitioners, believers and nonbelievers, the curious as well as beginners, all are welcome to attend this weekend meeting.

SCHEDULE for Teachings and Practice Sessions

SATURDAY, OCT. 25—–START AT 10:30 am  BREAK for Lunch from 12:30 to 2:00 pm,   STOP AT 4:30 pm

SUNDAY, OCT 26—–START AT 1:00 pm,   STOP AT 4:30 pm

REQUESTED DONATION AMOUNT —  $40 per day or $60 for both days.

LAMA PEMA_banner Brief Biography of Khenpo Pema Wangdak

Khenpo Pema Wangdak was born in Tibet and escaped to India as a child in 1959. Having graduated from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Benares, India, he received his Acharya (masters) degree from Sanskrit University in 1980, while studying with the highest Sakya Lamas..  In 1982, he was sent to the West by His Holiness Sakya Trizin,  as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers in America from the Sakya School.

In 1989 Lama Pema founded the Vikramasila Foundation which encompasses several Palden Sakya Centers in New York,  three other states, and in some other countries. Lama 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); Pokara, Nepal (monastic schools for boys); and Pema Ts’al School in New York City, with a curriculum modeled on that of Sakya College, India. The Pema Ts’al School in New York City provides a traditional Buddhist education of monastic training and study, in the format of Western university teaching.

Lama Pema was recognized with the title of “Khenpo” by His Holiness Sakya Trizin 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. Lama Pema is the first Tibetan ever to have received such an award. Recently, Khenpo Pema has been doing translations of sadhanas for his Holiness Sakya Trizin, as well as, traveling to give teachings in various places. He maintains his focal Centers in New York.

Check out Khenpo Pema’s interesting website at  and find him on Twitter at    You can also go to his Facebook site at   and finally, if you’ve read this far, but have never met or heard Khenpo Pema , there are a few short bits on YouTube at