Category Archives: Teacher in Residence

Teacher in Residence in Laguna Beach | Ven. Palmo | Dec 4 – 17

TEACHER IN RESIDENCE
FPMT’S VEN. Gyalten Palmo
DECEMBER 4-17

Ven. Gyalten Palmo, one of our teachers based at our sister center Tse Chen Ling Center in San Francisco, has kindly agreed to kick off our Winter Program as our Teacher in Residence Dec 4 – 17. We’ll be offering a variety of public talks, weekend intensives, meditation classes, pujas, practices & more to help you get through & even enjoy the holidays! Save the date! Details to come.

ABOUT VEN. PALMO
Ven. Palmo grew up in San Francisco and started studying Tibetan Buddhism in 2000. 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, our San Francisco center, since 2013. Ven. Palmo loves studying and sharing the Dharma with others.

QUESTIONS?
Contact Kate
kate@gonpoludup.org

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
Scroll down to register for our events with Don

“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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We are offering Five Special $150 Benefactor Packages
to help cover the cost of travel expenses, hosting Don, rental offerings, offerings to Don for the teachings, scholarship costs & other running expenses for the the week of teachings.

Each benefactor will receive (in addition to admission to all of our events with Don):
• a copy of Lama Yeshe’s Bliss of Inner Fire, edited by Ven. Robina: the last major teachings Lama Yeshe gave before his passing in 1984;
• a beautiful, colorful 9 x 8.5″ Namgyalma mantra card. “If the [Namgyalma] mantra is in a house, all beings in the house – not only human beings, but also cats, dogs elephants, dinosaurs, ants, bugs or flies – are purified and liberated from the lower realms,” says Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
• And we will offer a special Medicine Buddha puja dedicated to our benefactors with Ven. Palmo when she is here as our Teacher in Residence in December.

Please email Kate if you would like to help support make these teachings possible by being one of our special benefactors! kate@gonpoludup.org.

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

Tuesday, Oct  24
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 PUBLIC TALK & MEDITATION
Meditation for Busy People
Wednesday, Oct 25

7:30 – 9  p.m.
$15

REGISTER NOW!
@ OM Laguna Beach, 332 Forest Ave. #28, Laguna Beach, CA
Don will cover the basics of meditation and how we can all use meditation in our busy, day-to-day lives to increase well-being & happiness. Perfect for beginners. No experience with meditation necessary.


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

REGISTER NOW!
@ 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
Includes lunch, tea, coffee & snacks both days

REGISTER NOW!
@ 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?