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.
Public Talk: Staying Sane in Trying Times
Most of us would agree that we are living in quite challenging times and it is important to have some perspective on things in order to maintain our sanity. The Buddha’s eternal advice is to work with our minds in the midst of whatever we encounter, using our spiritual practice to make the best out of these trying times, but perhaps we haven’t been that successful! In this session we will examine the ways that we are being continually tested in this era and discuss how to transform the current political climate into “grist for the mill,” allowing us to truly learn and grow from all that we’re experiencing.
Public Talk: Conscious Aging: Enjoying the Gift of Growing Older
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, we can reveal unique and profound opportunities for spiritual growth and development. We can also find a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in life. Regardless of our age, we can come to appreciate the value and benefits of growing older with grace.
Public Talk: Four Paths to Awaken a Kind Heart
The Four Immeasurables are powerful and inviting meditation techniques to activate the heart of kindness, counter the distortions in our relationships to ourselves, and deepen our relationships to others. Explore the four far-reaching attitudes: equanimity, loving-kindness, compassion and empathetic joy. Learn how to skillfully advance them to a limitless degree, eventually making our hearts as wide as the world.
& Sunday • June 10 • 10am-Noon
Weekend Retreat: The Healing Buddha
We experience illness on a physical level, but in order to be healed, we must understand where true healing begins: within our hearts and minds. Meditation and other techniques for developing compassion and insight can eliminate the ultimate cause of all disease. In this workshop we will learn skilful methods for healing ourselves and others.
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