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Dharma Event Follow-Up

Dear Friends,
We rejoice from the depth of our hearts for all of the students who took refuge and vows on November 3.  If you have not already asked Ven. Robina for your refuge name and/or practice advice regarding vows, her email is: robinacourtin@mac.comIf you emailed and did not get an answer, or if your email did not go through, do not hesitate to contact us.
As requested by Ven. Robina, we are organizing two follow-up events:

  • For those of you who took refuge, we are hosting a session on how to practice refuge on Thursday, December 10 from 7 to 9pm. It will be an opportunity to discuss with people who have been practicing refuge for some time and to be guided into the daily practices that Ven. Robina advised, such as water bowl offerings, prostrations, and purification.
  • For those of you who took bodhisattva vows, Geshe Gelek (a well-liked and respected teacher from our sister center in North Carolina) will give a teaching about bodhisattva vows on Sunday, January 10 from 2pm to 5pm Please contact us if you are interested in meeting another time in January as a study group to discuss the bodhisattva vows and how to practice them.
It is strongly recommended by Ven. Robina that the students who took refuge or vows attend these sessions. Students who did not take refuge or bodhisattva vows are also welcome to join!
"I encourage everyone who's taken any level of commitments or vows - refuge, lay vows, bodhisattva vows, tantric vows - to attend teachings and discussions. It gives such a boost to our practice. Basically, we have a contract with our lamas, our teachers, and it feels so good to keep out word of honor with them. It opens our hearts for realizations."- Venerable Robina Courtin
The next Discovering Buddhism module will be Refuge in the Three Jewels on Wednesdays beginning in January 2016. If you have not already taken this module, we suggest you join as it goes into detail about the Three Jewels and how to practice refuge.
Finally, if you would like to lend a hand, we would greatly appreciate more volunteers as our program is growing. Please visit our volunteers page or email and let us know your interests, background, and availability.
Your Friends at Shantideva Meditation Center
Dates & Times:
Thursday, December 10 from 7pm to 9pm
Sunday, January 10 from 2pm to 5pm
Jewel Heart Center, 260 West Broadway

Directions: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John's Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing location of Jewel Heart Center.
Subway Transportation: 1 to Franklin St.; A, C, E to Canal St.; N, R to Canal St.
Suggested Donation:
December 10: "How to Practice Refuge" - Open
January 10: "How to Practice the Bodhisattva Vows" with Geshe Gelek Chodha - $20. Shantideva Meditation Center Members: $18.
To register for January 10, please click here.

About Us

Shantideva Meditation Center is dedicated to cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within the New York community. 

We are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which is based on the Gelugpa tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by Founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe, and Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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