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Benefactors for Yangsi Rinpoche’s Teachings

We are offering Seven Special Benefactor Packages for Gonpo Ludup benefactors who offer $275 or more to help us cover the costs of our upcoming teachings with Yangsi Rinpoche. Contact Kate if you would like to help support Gonpo Ludup in this way: kate@gonpoludup.org

Each Special Benefactor will receive:

• A hard copy of Geshe Sopa’s autobiography, Like a Waking Dream, signed by Yangsi Rinpoche. Geshe Ngawang Gendun, Yangsi Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, was one of Geshe-la’s principal teachers and there is a beautiful photo of Geshe Ngawang Gendun in the book.

• A mala blessed by Yangsi Rinpoche.

A Samantabhadra Protection card designed for homes by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. “By displaying this protection in the house, activities that take place in the house and have no meaning will become meaningful and virtue will be created,” says Rinpoche. “In this way, having this protection in the home becomes good feng shui, a way of creating an auspicious environment.”

A glass crystal engraved with the mantra of Guru Rinpoche, or Padmasambahava. “When this mantra is put in a container of water, according to Rinpoche, the mind and heart are blessed by drinking water that has touched the mantra.” (FPMT.org)

• And we will offer a special Medicine Buddha puja dedicated to our benefactors & their loved ones with Ven. Gyalten Palmo when she is here as our Teacher in Residence in December.

Ven. Robina Courtin | Aug 1-13

Ven. Robina Courtin Visit
Aug 1-13, 2017

Gonpo Ludup Study Group is delighted to welcome Ven. Robina back to Laguna Beach!

Scroll down below for details & tickets for each event:
Tue, Aug 1 Public Talk: Cultivating Love & Compassion in Difficult Times
Wed, Aug 2 Public Talk: What Is Happiness & How to Find It
Sun, Aug 6 All Day Workshop: All About Karma

Tue, Aug 8 Public Talk: Dealing with Depression & Anxiety
Fri, Aug 11 Public Talk: Happy Living, Happy Dying
Sat-Sun, Aug 12–13 Weekend Workshop: Preparing for Death & How to Help Others

Tue, Aug 1

Public Talk: Cultivating Love & Compassion in Difficult Times
7-9 pm
Cost: $20
Venue: Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St Ann’s Dr.
According to Buddhist psychology, “love” is the wish for others to be happy; and “compassion” is the wish that they not suffer. Easy enough to understand intellectually, but how to put these powerful concepts into practice? What would practicing love and compassion in the face of adversity look like? How do we learn to love and have compassion for those that harm us? How to practice in the face of fear or pain or suffering or sickness? Buddhist psychology teaches that the development of love and compassion is the point of the path to enlightenment, and the end result is the removal of all separateness from others and the spontaneous capacity to benefit all sentient beings perfectly. The development of love and compassion is dependent upon renunciation of suffering and its causes, as well as the wisdom that sees reality as it actually exists. This is possible for all of us. Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike can benefit from these teachings, applying the great cognitive psychological practices of Buddhist wisdom to our lives, learning to love our problems, our enemies, and to live happier, more fulfilled lives.

 


Wed, Aug 2

Public Talk: What Is Happiness & How to Find It
7-9 pm
Cost: $20
Venue: Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St Ann’s Dr.
We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing utterly that happiness and suffering come from “out there.” But Buddhist psychology says that what goes in our minds is the main source of our happiness, and how we deal with life. The experiential implication of this view is empowerment, accountability, and the courage to change. And the ability to change the way we experience the world, our suffering, the ups and downs of life. Gradually we loosen the grip of ego-grasping and the other neuroses, thus developing our marvelous potential for happiness, clarity, self-confidence, empathy and the other qualities that Buddha says are at the core of our being.



Sun, Aug 6
VRC 6 by Marc Sakamoto

Cost: $80 (includes your book of teachings; Felicia’s delicious teas & cookies and Kathy’s famous chocolate cake; Lunch catered by Felicia, a Four Season’s chef; as well as our running costs, etc. etc. both days)
Venue: Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St Ann’s Dr.

SCHEDULE
9:30 am Doors
10 – 11:30 am First Session
11:30 am – 12 pm Tea Break
12 – 1 pm Second Session
1 – 2:30 pm Lunch & Discussion Groups
2:30 – 3:30 pm Third session
3:30 – 4 pm Tea & Cake
4-5 pm Final Session

We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing utterly that happiness and suffering come from “out there”. Even more fundamental than that, we assume that we are the handiwork of someone else. The experiential implications of this are blame, anger, and guilt, bringing ever-deepening levels of suffering and hopelessness.

Buddha’s view of reality is that we create ourselves: we come into this life at the first moment of conception in our mother’s womb fully programmed with our own tendencies and the seeds of our experiences in this life. As the Dalai Lama says, the view of karma is one of “self-creation.” We are, literally, the creators of our lives, our happiness, and our suffering. We are the boss.

With this view we realize that everything we experience is our own “karmic appearance”, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it. Everything is made by our own minds, in the past and in the present.

The experiential implication of this view is empowerment, accountability, and the courage to change and, combining it with an understanding of the Buddha’s model of the mind, we gradually loosen the grip of ego-grasping and the other neuroses, thus developing our marvelous potential for clarity, self-confidence, empathy and the other qualities that Buddha says are at the core of our being.

 


Tue, Aug 8
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Public Talk: Dealing with Depression & Anxiety
7-9 pm
Cost: $20
Venue: Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St Ann’s Dr.
Depression and anxiety are conditions almost all of us in the West can relate to and have experienced at one time or another. The Buddhist view is that we’ve all got extraordinary potential to reduce the unhappy emotions that so often overwhelm our lives, and to cultivate our consciousness and extraordinary potential for happiness and joy. It’s not some special gift that only some people have; according to Buddhist psychology this potential is innate within all of us.

Potential to lessen depression, anxiety, fear, neediness, low self-esteem and to grow love, contentment, compassion, clarity, courage and the other qualities we want so badly.

It is something very earthy, so tasty, not something vague and mystical.

We need to learn how to access our own minds, and as Lama Yeshe said, to become our own therapists. Sounds simple enough, but it’s not a job we’re educated to do. It is not our habit to look inside, much less know deeply and well what’s going on there.

 


Fri, Aug 11
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Public Talk: Happy Living, Happy Dying
7:30-9:30 pm
Cost: $20
Venue: Laguna Beach Women’s Club, 286 St Ann’s Dr.

This public talk will be an introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist approach to death (and life), in preparation for our Weekend Workshop: Preparing for Death & How to Help Others, Aug 12-13, based on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s most recent book, edited by Ven. Robina, on how to help our loved ones and ourselves at the time of death.

 


Sat, Aug 12 – Sun Aug 13
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Weekend Workshop: Preparing for Death & How to Help Others
10 am-5 pm Saturday
10 am-5 pm Sunday
Cost: $80 for one day/$160 for the weekend (includes your book of teachings; Felicia’s delicious teas & cookies and Kathy’s famous chocolate cake; Lunch catered by Felicia, a Four Season’s chef; as well as our running costs, etc. etc. both days)

Venue: Laguna Beach Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St Ann’s Dr.

SCHEDULE
9:30 am Doors
10 – 11:30 am First Session
11:30 am – 12 pm Tea Break
12 – 1 pm Second Session
1 – 2:30 pm Lunch & Discussion Groups
2:30 – 3:30 pm Third session
3:30 – 4 pm Tea & Cake
4-5 pm Final Session

As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in his latest book about how to help others through the dying and death process, “Helping our loved ones at the time of death is the best service we can offer them, our greatest gift. Why? Because death is the most important time of life: it’s at death that the next rebirth is determined.”

But we before we’re qualified to do that, we need to know how to be ready for our own death, our own rebirth. During this two-day workshop we will go through the crucial Tibetan Buddhist teachings and meditation practices that prepare us for this natural event so that we can accept it and face it without fear, but with confidence and contentment that our life has been lived in the most fruitful way, thus perfectly preparing us for our next life.

The teaching will be based upon the 2015 publication of How to Help Your Loved Ones Enjoy Death and Go Happily to Their Next Rebirth: A Handbook by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, edited by Ven. Robina Courtin.

These teachings are invaluable for all of us — people of all faiths, atheists, etc. — and also for professionals in care giving, hospice, and chaplaincy.

 

 


NO ONE IS EVER TURNED AWAY FROM ANY OF OUR TEACHING EVENTS FOR LACK OF FUNDS. CONTACT KATE FOR SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS FOR ANY OF THE EVENTS YOU WISH TO ATTEND: gonpo.ludup@gmail.com


ABOUT VEN. ROBINA
Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist, ex-radical feminist, and former body guard for the Dalai Lama, Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. Well known for her work for 14 years with people in prisons in the US and Australia, Robina’s life and work is the subject of the award-winning documentary Chasing Buddha, featured at Sundance in 2001. A renowned teacher of Buddhist psychology and philosophy, she teaches full time around the world at the centers of her teachers’ organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).


QUESTIONS?
Contact Kate
gonpo.ludup@gmail.com
(949) 371–6804

Online Meditation Classes with Ven. Palmo | Aug 16

ONLINE LIVE MEDITATION CLASSES

EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY EVENING

NEXT CLASS: WED, AUG 16,  7–8 pm

OUR LAST CLASS BEFORE OUR SUMMER BREAK! (AUG 17–24)

Lead by FPMT nun Ven. Gyalten Palmo


Gonpo Ludup Study Group
is delighted to host an on-going every other Wednesday-evening online meditation series with FPMT nun Ven. Gyalten Palmo. Open to all. No experience with meditation necessary.

LINK TO JOIN:
https://zoom.us/j/761240171
* PLEASE NOTE that the class closes at 7:05pm, so please join in time. We’d love to have you!

ABOUT THIS ONLINE CLASS
We are using Zoom video software for these classes. Once you click on the August 16 drop-in meditation link (https://zoom.us/j/761240171), you will receive a prompt to download Zoom on your computer. It takes about two minutes, depending on your Internet speed.

ABOUT VEN. PALMO
Ven. Gyalten Palmo grew up in San Francisco and started studying Tibetan Buddhism 16 years ago. She has studied closely under Ribur Rinpoche, His Eminence Choden Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Dakpa and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and completed FPMT’s five-year Basic Program. In 2012, she was ordained by Choden Rinpoche at Sera Jey Monastic University in India. As an FPMT-registered teacher, she has been teaching Discovering Buddhism regularly since 2013 at Tse Chen Ling Center, our San Francisco center. Ven. Palmo loves studying and sharing the Dharma with others.

COST
No cost. Offered by Gonpo Ludup Study Group.

DATE & TIME
Wednesday, August 16, 7–8 pm

QUESTIONS?
Contact Gonpo Ludup’s Tina, who is kindly facilitating this class
tinakbarber@gmail.com

Public Talk & Healing Ceremony with Yangsi Rinpoche | Nov 19

LAGUNA BEACH PUBLIC TALK & SPECIAL EVENT
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19
With FPMT Lama Yangsi Rinpoche

PUBLIC TALK
How to Achieve Happiness

1 – 2:30 p.m.


SPECIAL EVENT
Healing Ceremony for World Peace
(Medicine Buddha Jenang/Blessing*)

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Venue for both events:
Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach
286 St Ann’s Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT RINPOCHE & THESE TWO EVENTS.


BENEFACTORS

We are offering Seven Special Benefactor Packages for Gonpo Ludup benefactors who offer $275 or more to help us cover the costs of our upcoming teachings with Yangsi Rinpoche. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT OUR BENEFACTOR PACKAGES.


TIBETAN BUDDHIST LAMA TO OFFER PUBLIC TALK & HEALING CEREMONY FOR WORLD PEACE IN LAGUNA BEACH

Yangsi Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist lama in the lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will offer a public talk, How to Achieve Happiness (1 – 2:30 p.m.), and Healing Ceremony for World Peace/Medicine Buddha Jenang/Blessing (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.) in Laguna Beach on Sunday, November 19.

All are welcome to attend both events organized by Laguna Beach’s Gonpo Ludup Study Group, part of the international Tibetan Buddhist organization the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).

His Holiness the Dalai Lama reading a letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Yangsi Rinpoche, FPMT International Office, Portland, Oregon, U.S., May 10, 2013. Photo by Leah Nash.
Rinpoche greeting His Holiness upon his arrival in Portland for the 3-day Environmental Summit hosted by Maitripa College in 2013.

Based in Portland, OR, Rinpoche teaches in English and is known for his extraordinary insight into the Western psychological condition.

“Rinpoche really understands the dissatisfaction and depression so many of us in the West experience, and has a way of making Buddhist psychological tools accessible to everyone,” said Gonpo Ludup coordinator Kate Macdonald.

Yangsi Rinpoche in 1975 at Kopan Monastery. Photo Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

Born in Kathmandu in 1968, Yangsi Rinpoche was recognized at age six as the reincarnation of a great master and yogi from Western Tibet. He was enthroned that year at Kopan Monastery, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s monastery in Kathmandu, and at 10 began his studies at at Sera Je Monastic University, in south India, where he graduated in 1995, after 25 years of study, with the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa.

Rinpoche during his enthronement at Kopan in 1975. Photo Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

In 1998 Rinpoche left India to bring the ancient wisdom of the Buddhist teachings to the West. Since then he has taught extensively throughout the US and Europe. In 2005 he founded Maitripa College in Portland, which bridges the worlds of Tibetan Buddhist and Western scholarship. He is also the spiritual director of Buddhist centers, Centro Budista Ganden Shedrub Ling in Puerto Rico and Dharma Friendship Foundationin Seattle, WA.

In  How to Achieve Happiness Rinpoche will delve into the Buddhist approach to happiness and inner peace. Attendees are encouraged to bring any and all questions they might have about happiness, Buddhism, or life in general.

In the Healing Ceremony for World Peace, Rinpoche will confer a blessing of Medicine Buddha, said to be the manifestation of the healing energy of all enlightened beings.

“Medicine Buddha is about healing,” says Rinpoche. “The ceremony is to help heal the time that we are going through as a community, as a country, as a nation, as an individual what each of us is going through. Any kind of healing ceremony is very beneficial for your personal life to make progress.”

Attendees are welcome to bring the names and photos of loved ones to the ceremony – especially those who have recently passed away. You are also welcome to email the names of your friends and loved ones to kate@gonpoludup.org. We will include them all in his prayers.

PUBLIC TALK
How to Achieve Happiness
Sunday, Nov 19, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Women’s Club of Laguna Beach
286 St Ann’s Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Sliding scale $10-$30; no one ever turned away for lack of funds
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

SPECIAL EVENT
Healing Ceremony for World Peace
(Medicine Buddha Jengang/Blessing) *

Sunday, Nov 19, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Women’s Club of Laguna Beach
286 St Ann’s Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Free, offered by Gonpo Ludup Study Group
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

* Having taken Buddhist Refuge is a prerequisite for receiving the Medicine Buddha jenang/empowerment. No black foods (meat, garlic, eggs, onion, radishes, etc.) should be consumed the day of. If you are attending the Healing Ceremony simply as a blessing you do not need to have taken Buddhist Refuge or avoid black foods the day of. More details to come.

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