Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems with Ven. Amy Miller

September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 6:30 - 8:00pm Pacific Time Practice Period: October 15, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Via Zoom

Explore how to overcome self-absorbed thinking using the special techniques of Mind Training (lojong) and the Eight Verses to transform problems into happiness. Delve into ways to direct more awareness toward others by understanding the advantages of cherishing them and how that can become a source of happiness. Meditation and readings included. Open to all levels although better for those with some background in Buddhism. 5 Wednesday Evening Sessions and 1 three-hour practice period on Saturday.

Classes are open to all levels and will include lecture, meditation, discussion and question and answer along with exercises to practice each week. A final practice session of meditation and discussion to deepen your experience concludes the module.


This event requires proof of full vaccination.

Masks will be required to be worn inside for those attending (not the teacher).


Amy J. Miller (Ven. Lobsang Chodren) first encountered Buddhism in 1987 at Kopan Monastery in Nepal and has been ordained since 2000. She has spent a great deal of time engaged in meditation retreats, study, teaching, and Buddhist center management. Prior to studying Buddhism, Amy was a political fundraiser in Washington, DC and also worked for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco, California. She also trained as a hospice counselor during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco and offers courses and retreats on death and dying and end-of-life care.

Amy also leads pilgrimages to Buddhist sites such as Lawudo Retreat Center in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. See her website below for more information.

Amy’s teaching style helps people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort  to gain a refreshing perspective on normally stressful living.  

She is also the co-author of FPMT’s Buddhism in a Nutshell. For more information on Amy’s teaching schedule and courses, see


This is the fifth in a series of 14 Discovering Buddhism modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. You can do each module individually, as a stand alone course, and they do not need to be completed in succession. Discovering Buddhism is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. It aims to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful. For more information on the Discovering Buddhism program, please click here.

We recommend that students join Discovering Buddhism courses at the start of any given module and make a commitment to attend the entire module.


Certification is certainly NOT required to take this course, but it will be available for those who have interest in attaining the FPMT Discovering Buddhism Certification. Students who complete all modules and related certification requirements associated with the full Discovering Buddhism course will receive an official certification for this class from FPMT. If you plan to attend this Death & Rebirth Module with the aim of counting it towards your FPMT Discovering Buddhism Certification, please contact prior to this module’s start date, to indicate your commitment to completing all of this module’s ‘completion card’ requirements. (These requirements are likely to include full attendance of each class, completion of specific reading tasks, homework, meditation and an exam.) The FPMT Certificate program allows those who complete all 14 modules and the final retreat to apply for consideration to join the FPMT Teacher List as qualified to teach Discovering Buddhism-level courses at FPMT centers.

There will be a practice day required in order to suffice the requirements of certification. This will be held Saturday, October 15, 1:00 – 4:00pm


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Date(s): September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 6:30 - 8:00pm Pacific Time Practice Period: October 15, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Times: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Instructor/Leader: Discovering Buddhism, Ven. Amy Miller
Type of event: Dharma Classes
Number of sessions: 6, 1 Practice Day
Level: All are welcome!
Participation: Consistent attendance is most beneficial
Location: Online Via Zoom
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