Completed—–VISIT and SPECIAL TEACHING from VEN. KHENPO PEMA WANGDAK on December 21, 22, and 23, 2018, Free and Open to All

December 10, 2018 by  
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VISIT and SPECIAL HOLIDAY TEACHING from VEN KHENPO PEMA WANGDAK on December 21, 22, and 23, 2018
OPEN TO EVERYONE.  Free of charge.

FRIDAY, December 21, 2018—–7:00 pm– public talk: “Exploring Patience and Its Strength”

 SATURDAY and SUNDAY, December 22 and 23, 2018
Mind Training: Sojong and Lojong Weekend Sessions with Khenpo Pema Wangdak (over two separate days). Come anytime.
This will be group practice sessions for beginners and ongoing students alike. The schedule will consist of alternating periods of teachings, practice, and guided meditations, as well as question and answer times.

SCHEDULE BELOW—-You may drop by at any time.

Saturday, 12/23—Lojong teaching  Morning (10:00 am to 12:30pm)
and Afternoon sessions (2:00 pm to 4:30 pm)
Sunday, 12/24—Sojong teachings and practice. Afternoon only, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 Khenpo Pema is an esteemed Sakya lama who speaks fluent English and has many mind tricks up the sleeve of his robe. (See brief bio below.)

HERE ARE THE TOPICS of the teachings. They are open to everyone.


FRIDAY, December 21, 2018—–Friday evening public talk: “Exploring Patience and Its Strength”: Part II

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, December 22 and 23, 2018

Sojong and Lojong Weekend Retreat with the Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak (over two separate days)

The three most influential Lojong texts, “Parting From the 4 Attachment,” “Eight Verse Lojong,” and the “Seven Point Mind Training,”
that sustained the spirit and purpose of life of millions over the centuries, will re-read, reviewed, and reflected accompanied by a
step by step alternating meditation throughout the day. We will do this as a reminder and as well as a introduction for those who
are new the Lojong teachings that every worth in this world and our life is rooted in the spirit of compassion and kindness that is
nurtured by joy of life and equanimity of the mind.

This will be a group practice sessions for the beginners and regular students alike. The schedule will consist of alternating
periods of teachings, practice, and guided meditations.

Sojong will be observed Sunday, with participants taking the eight precepts at the beginning of the day. The Sojong is
a introduction to a deliberate act in keeping with the disciplines of the humanity as taught by Buddha. It also is the very foundation
for everything possible from the very basic qualities of life to the highest of the esoteric spiritual ventures and everything we aspires
for in this and beyond this life. Dedicated practitioners, believers, non-believers alike, curious, as well as beginners, all are welcome
to attend this weekend meeting.



In 1982, he was sent to the West by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, 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 Holinessthe 41st 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. 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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