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A Trilogy of the Open Heart - A workshop on Generosity, Enthusiasm, and Patience.

From 9.00am until 5.00pm

At Namgyal Monastery

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850


Namgyal Monastery office / or Call: 607-279-8805

Saturday, March 16-17, 2019

Livestream:  This Weekend Intensive will be available by live stream.  The cost to receive live-streams of a weekend intensive is $120.  To register for a weekend intensive live stream please email Deana Bodnar at  Payment should be made directly to Namgyal Monastery.  For questions regarding payment options please contact Ngawang at or Call: 607-279-8805   The livestream recording is available to view for 30 days after the teaching.  Hence, students can view the teaching at another time if they are unable to watch during the time of the weekend intensive.


A Trilogy of the Open Heart : A workshop on Generosity, Enthusiasm, and Patience.


The Power of Generosity:

 “To take delight in extending the hand and giving, as well as induce others to generosity, are qualitieswell 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. In this weekend of teachings and meditation, 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.


The Power of Enthusiasm:

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 then proceed to acquaint myself with self-confidence.--Shantideva


Exploring Patience and Its Strength:

 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.


Friday - March 15 from 7.00pm to 8.30pm PM talk will be on "Gratitude".


 Sojong and Description:

Sojong will be observed Saturday and Sunday, with participants taking the eight precepts at the beginning of each 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 in this weekend workshop.


Saturday Mar 16

Saturday:  7- 8 AM sojong

8.30 – 9.00 AM Breakfast at Monastery.

9.00 – 10.15 Morning 1st Session

10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break

10.30 – 12.00 Morning 2nd Session

12.00 – 1.30 PM Lunch at Monastery.

1.30 – 3.00 PM Afternoon 1st Session

3.00 – 3.30 Tea Break

3.30 – 5.00 PM Afternoon 2nd Session.


Sunday - 7- 8 AM sojong

8.30 – 9.00 AM Break Fast at Monastery.

9.00 – 10.15 Morning Session

10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break

10.30 – 12.00 Conclusion Session.


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