15-Minute Dharma Talks at 6 and 7pm
Enjoy First Friday at Osel Shen Phen Ling. Don will give two short introductory talks on Buddhism. Join us for tea, snacks, art and Dharma!
& Sunday May 5 10am-Noon
Weekend Retreat: Finding Calm in the Storm
One of the most destructive emotions we experience is anger, which can bring unrest to our minds and conflict to our relationships with others. While most of us arent quick to react to many things that challenge us, we all have times when we find our patience lacking. In this weekend course, we will explore the nature of this disturbing emotion, understand its causes, and learn methods from Buddhism to help confront anger and reduce its harmful effects in our lives.
Public Talk: Making Kindness Your Religion
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." This beloved quote from His Holiness the Dalai Lama espouses the basic philosophy of Buddhism and also speaks to the shared practice of kindness that is essential to all faith traditions. In this session, we'll explore the practices of living a daily life with loving kindness and examine the ways to overcome the self-centered attitudes that keep our hearts from opening fully to others.
Public Talk: Joy Trumps Fear
Frequently fear can lead to anxiety, anger, and even paralysis, thus making us unable to react constructively to the sources of that fear. However, with a more joyful attitude we can confront and overcome fear, and find an inner peace that will allow us to navigate the rocky terrain of our modern world more skillfully. In this session we'll investigate the methods to cultivate and deepen true joy so that we can utilize it as a resource in our daily lives to triumph over fear.
For six months each year, Don Handrick serves as the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling, in Santa Fe, NM, a center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). During that time, he also teaches at Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, NM, and volunteers for the Liberation Prison Project, teaching Buddhism once a month at a local prison. Since 2012 he has been an active member of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe.
Don spends the other half of each year as a touring teacher for the FPMT, visiting centers around the world. In 2015, Don had the honor of being selected to lead the renowned November Course, a one month teaching and meditation retreat held annually at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Don's study of Buddhism began in 1993 after reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years he practiced with Sogyal Rinpoche's organization, until he began attending classes in 1996 with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco.
Don left the Bay Area in 1998 to attend the FPMT's Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a seven-year residential study program conducted at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute in Tuscany, Italy, taught by the scholar and kind Spiritual Friend, Geshe Jampa Gyatso. He successfully completed all five subjects of this program in 2004, receiving an FPMT final certificate with high honors. Don then moved to Santa Fe, serving as the Spiritual Program Coordinator for Thubten Norbu Ling before being appointed resident teacher in 2006.
Don has received teachings from many esteemed lamas in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok.
Osel Shen Phen Ling
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