Teacher in Residence in Laguna Beach | Don Handrick | Oct 24–29

TEACHER IN RESIDENCE IN LAGUNA BEACH
Public Talks & a Weekend Workshop
with FPMT Teacher Don Handrick 

Oct 24–29, 2017

“Don Handrick is a marvelous teacher, down to earth and very kind,” says Ven. Robina Courtin. “He graduated in 2004 with top honors from the intensive seven-year Buddhist philosophical program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Tuscany, Italy.”

LAGUNA BEACH PUBLIC TALK
Conscious Aging: Enjoying the Gift of Growing Older
PART 1

Tuesday, Oct  24
7:30 – 9  p.m.
$15
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@ OM Laguna Beach, 332 Forest Ave. #28, Laguna Beach, CA
Life can be quite challenging as we age, and society as a whole offers a poor road map for the last leg of our journey. But as we proceed through this latter phase of our lives, unique and profound opportunities for spiritual growth and development can be revealed and we can find a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in life. In this two-session course, we will examine how all of us, regardless of our age, can come to appreciate the value and benefits of growing older with wisdom and grace.

LAGUNA BEACH PUBLIC TALK & MEDITATION
Meditation for Busy People
Wednesday, Oct 25

7:30 – 9  p.m.
$15

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@ OM Laguna Beach, 332 Forest Ave. #28, Laguna Beach, CA

LAGUNA BEACH PUBLIC TALK
Conscious Aging: Enjoying the Gift of Growing Older
PART 2
Thursday, Oct 26

7:30 – 9  p.m.
$15

REGISTER NOW!
@ OM Laguna Beach, 332 Forest Ave. #28, Laguna Beach, CA
Life can be quite challenging as we age, and society as a whole offers a poor road map for the last leg of our journey. But as we proceed through this latter phase of our lives, unique and profound opportunities for spiritual growth and development can be revealed and we can find a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in life. In this two-session course, we will examine how all of us, regardless of our age, can come to appreciate the value and benefits of growing older with wisdom and grace.

LAGUNA BEACH FRIDAY NIGHT PUBLIC TALK
Making Friends with Ourselves
Friday, Oct 27
7:30 – 9  p.m.
$15

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@ OM Laguna Beach, 332 Forest Ave. #28, Laguna Beach, CA
One factor that can be troublesome in our practice of Buddhism is our own negative view of ourselves, the fault-finding and self-demeaning attitude that makes us into our own worst enemy, impeding our progress and dampening our joy. In this session, we’ll examine the sources of this view and explore how we might nurture a kinder and more forgiving stance towards ourselves. We’ll also discuss what it really means to become our own best friend so that we more clearly understand how to make our lives and practice more joyful and productive.

LAGUNA BEACH WEEKEND WORKSHOP
The Joy of Letting Go: Breaking Free of Harmful Habits
Saturday, Oct 28 & Sunday, Oct 29

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sunday
$60

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@ OM Laguna Beach, 332 Forest Ave. #28, Laguna Beach, CA
Many of life’s difficulties and complications are products of our own negative habitual thoughts and actions, but those harmful habits need not control our lives. In this weekend course, we’ll examine a variety of these persistent and destructive patterns in order to learn how to disempower them and cultivate new behaviors rooted in truth and genuine well-being.

ABOUT DON
Don Handrick is a graduate of the first Masters Program of Buddhist Studies, the FPMT’s seven-year study program inspired by the traditional geshe studies at the great Gelugpa monastic universities. Since 2006, Don has been the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, NM, and he also teaches regularly at the Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, NM. Don also serves as a Buddhist teacher for Liberation Prison Project, which includes teaching Buddhism at a local prison in New Mexico. In 2015, Don led the month-long November Course at Kopan Monastery and in 2016, he began spending a portion of each year visiting other FPMT centers as a touring teacher.

Thubten Norbu Ling director Rowena Mayer, resident teacher Don Handrick, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Geshe Sherab, resident geshe – Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe, United States; Photographer: Lobsang Sherab; 2017-08

“Don is very devoted to Dharma and his Gurus,” says Geshe Sherab. “He is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He is kind and patient.” – Resident Geshe  at our center in Santa Fe, Thubten Norbu Ling

“Don Handrick’s teachings are so clear, full of wisdom, and he is able to give the knowledge in a very practical way. It’s a pleasure to be with him, as he embraces everyone with so much compassion. He is very easy to relate to because of his humble, equanimous, calm and sincere personality.” – Ana Paula Ruano, Co-Coordinator of our sister study group in Miami Beach Namdrol Ling Study Group.

“Don Handrick teaches Dharma in a very ‘simple’ but profound way. His gentleness and knowledge combine in a perfect balance. His teachings are interactive and he is always open to hear questions, commentaries and opinions, bringing a great flow to the learning process. He is the true example of a teacher with wisdom and compassion.” – Cynthia Zak, Namdrol Ling Study Group, Miami, FL

Photo: donhandrick.com

“Don is very kind, and devoted to the Dharma. When you interact with him, particularly if you have a Dharma question, you can count on a precise and philosophically accurate response, yet it’s backed by his own experience practicing the path, so what he shares becomes super relatable. He’s a great example of what’s possible if we practice Dharma well every day!” – Charmaine Hughes, Thubten Norbu Ling, Santa Fe, NM

QUESTIONS?
Contact Kate
kate@gonpoludup.org
(949) 371-6804

Articles about Don
Dharma teachers: seven years in the making

Some of Don’s Teachings
Using Work as a Spiritual Path
What’s so Bad about Complaining?