Fri, Sep 7 to Sun, Sep 9, 2018

Discovering Buddhism module 1

Learn about the nature of consciousness in a peaceful retreat setting. Sessions of learning about mind will be broken up with relaxing activities around the center. You can bring your bathing suit and walking shoes. And your appetite for delicious vegetarian meals.

There are two reasons why it is important to understand the nature of mind.
One is because there is an intimate connection between mind and karma. The other is
that our state of mind plays a crucial role in our experience of happiness and suffering.
If understanding the mind is very important, what then is mind, and what is its nature?

… the ultimate nature of mind is essentially pure. This pristine nature
is technically called “clear light.” The various afflictive emotions such as desire, hatred
and jealousy are products of conditioning. They are not intrinsic qualities of the mind
because the mind can be cleansed of them. When this clear light nature of mind is veiled
or inhibited from expressing its true essence by the conditioning of the afflictive
emotions and thoughts, the person is said to be caught in the cycle of existence,
samsara. But when, by applying appropriate meditative techniques and practices, the
individual is able to fully experience this clear light nature of mind free from the
influence and conditioning of the afflictive states, he or she is on the way to true
liberation and full enlightenment.

– HH the Dalai Lama, MindScience.

5 sessions in one weekend

Sessions covering the Discovering Buddhism course material will be:

  • Friday evening, 7pm
  • Saturday morning
  • Saturday afternoon
  • Sunday morning
  • Sunday afternoon, ending at 4:30pm

Topics covered in this course:

  • Definition of Mind
  • Our Experience of the World
  • Continuity of Consciousness
  • Our Potential for Enlightenment
  • Buddhist Psychology

See more about the Discovering Buddhism program here.


Venerable DrimayVenerable Losang Drimay is the regular Discovering Buddhism teacher at LMB. She has been teaching Discovering BUDDHISM since its inception in 2002. She was born in California in 1960. She has a B.A. in Asian Studies and has traveled extensively in Asia, but actually met her Tibetan lamas here in the United States. She has been studying, practicing and working with centers in the FPMT since 1984, receiving hundreds of hours of classroom instruction from the many qualified lamas and senior teachers that frequent our Dharma centers.

She first lived on this Soquel property before it was actually Land of Medicine Buddha, back in 1989 when the organization’s international office (then called Central Office) was located here. While working at the office, she took ordination as a Buddhist nun in 1991.

From 2001 to 2012, Ven. Drimay served as resident teacher of Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center in Campbell (San Jose), California, also living and serving at Land of Medicine Buddha for part of that time. In 2012, she became full-time at Land of Medicine Buddha, continuing to lead regular meditations and classes, as well as picking up some other duties.

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi first became interested in meditation and Buddhism after reading Be Here Now and early translations of Buddhist sutras in the early 1970s. Then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism, studying in India and Nepal with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services from 1992 to 2000. She also completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period.

Venerable Tenzin took novice ordination in 2004 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2006 she became a touring teacher in the FPMT, teaching at various centers around the world, as well as visiting prisons on behalf of the Liberation Prison Project.

Venerable Tenzin is authorized by the FPMT to teach at both the foundational and in-depth levels, as well as teaching the a.r.t. of Fulfillment, Cultivating Emotional Balance (a secular program developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman) and Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. She will be relocating to Land of Medicine Buddha in August 2018.

Registration will open soon. 

Date(s): Fri, Sep 7 to Sun, Sep 9, 2018
Times: 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Drimay, Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
Type of event: Discovering Buddhism
Number of sessions: 5
Level: Introductory
Participation: Full-time
Location: Main Gompa
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Registration and Donations for Mind Potential Weekend Getaway

Ticket Type Price Spaces
1. Residential Retreat - Single Room (Mind-Weekend)
Includes all sessions, 2 nights lodging, plus all meals: $430. (Members receive $50 off.) $100 non-refundable deposit with the balance of $330 due at check-in.
2. Residential Retreat - Double Room (Mind-Weekend)
Includes all sessions, 2 nights lodging, plus all meals: $350 per person. (Members receive $50 off.) $100 non-refundable deposit with the balance of $250 due at check-in.
3. Residential Retreat - Dorm-style Room (Mind-Weekend)
Includes all sessions, 2 nights lodging, plus all meals: $310 per person. (Members receive $50 off.) $100 non-refundable deposit with the balance of $210 due at check-in.
5. Ordained Sangha Dorm (Mind-Weekend)
Includes all sessions, 2 nights lodging, plus all meals: $80.
6. Ordained Sangha Commuter (Mind-Weekend)
Includes all sessions, plus all meals.
7. Commuter Retreat (Mind-Weekend)
Includes all sessions, plus all meals: $230. (Members receive $50 off.) $50 non-refundable deposit with the balance of $180 due at check-in.
8. LMB Staff (Mind-Weekend) $0.00
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