2021 Weekend Retreat with Khenpo Pema Wangdak for the Intensive Teachings and Practice Sessions on “ JOY “ through online – ZOOM Meeting.


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2021 Weekend Retreat with Khenpo Pema Wangdak for the Intensive Teachings and Practice Sessions on TOPIC “ JOY “ through online - ZOOM Meeting

From 9am until 5pm



Weekend Retreat with Khenpo Pema Wangdak for the Intensive Teachings and Practice Sessions on TOPIC “ JOY “ through online - ZOOM Meeting.

 Date: September 24 to 26, 2021    

Cost:  $100.00

Friday: Introductory Talk: September 24th at 7:15 pm to 8:30pm   

To register for the Weekend Intensive Teaching - please send  email to office@namgyal.org.  Please register by noon of the Friday of the weekend intensive start date.  This is necessary so there is time to send Zoom invitation.


Topic: Joy.

“When it comes to joy and happiness, it doesn't take a genius to achieve these feelings. It simply takes an attitude in the form of an open heart.”

Khenpo Pema Wangdak

To feel joy in everything we do is not an added experience, but an essential component of what we do. Joy is the central aspiration of every living being, adult or child, brilliant or less brilliant, “believer or unbeliever,” friend or foe alike.

This is reflected in every aspect of the teachings of the Buddha. To begin with, simply observe the faces of Buddhas. In them is the ever-present kind, compassionate, endearing smile! 

In these weekend sessions, the essentiality of joy in life will be discussed. Its presence will be introduced as the lifeline of our accomplishments, spiritual or mundane, and its absence, the contrary. 

We will be reading Sutras and participating in reflections, meditations, and discussions during the sessions. We will put a special effort into understanding that joy in life is achievable by individuals with the smallest of effort and for the simplest of reasons, and we will learn to discover the boundless resources of happiness in the teachings of the Buddha.

We are never too young or too old, nor is it ever too early or too late in life to learn from the Buddha!

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. 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. 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. Khenpo 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. Khenpo Pema is the first Tibetan ever to have received such an award.

Khenpo Pema has been guiding Western students for over 30 years, and he continues to travel and teach extensively to Dharma centers around the world."



September 24th - Friday 7.15 to 8.30pm - Introduction Talk about the Weekend Teaching.

 September 25th - Saturday:
9.00 – 10.15 Morning 1stSession
10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break
10.30 – 12.00 Morning 2nd Session

12.00 – 2.00PM Lunch at Monastery.

2.00 – 3.15PM Afternoon 1st Session
3.15 – 3.30 Tea Break
3.30 – 5.00PM Afternoon session.

September 26th - Sunday:
9.00 – 10.15 Morning Session
10.15 – 10.30 Tea Break
10.30 – 11:30 AM Conclusion Session.


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