Mindful Self Compassion During Challenging Times

May 7, May 8

This is an in-person event being held at the main gompa. This page is to register for in-person only.

May 7 & May 8th, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Pacific Time)

This program, which is Co-hosted with Institut Vajra Yogini in France, is being offered both via ZOOM (no registration required) and as a live-in-person event at the Main Gompa. Covid restrictions apply, click here to register for the in-person event. This program is being offered in both English and French.

To attend this event via ZOOM instead please click here. 


The challenges we are currently facing can be overwhelming and disorienting, especially in a culture that has conditioned us to constantly gain, achieve, and produce. The fear and discomfort of “social distancing” or being “isolated with others” for too long can be quite unnerving as we all adjust to what the new “normal” looks and feels like. For many, the sudden pause is causing some severe discomfort, fear, boredom, guilt, and loneliness. By responding in this way, an authentic dynamic flow of who we really are, along with our unique interconnectedness, gets blocked. This is the perfect moment to lean into the pause, step back and gain a broader, healthier perspective. By incorporating practices of mindfulness and self-compassion, this workshop explores a path for moving through these less than comfortable experiences to a deeper and more positive transformation overall.


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 and lived at Land of Medicine Buddha in 1992. 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. The next trip will be a trek in the spring of 2023 to Lawudo Retreat Center in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. A 3-day retreat will be included along with a visit to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s birthplace. 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 www.AmyMiller.com. Amy currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.


If you find this event helpful, please do consider making a donation. Generosity was one of the first positive attitudes that the Buddha emphasized in his teachings. Generosity creates a healthy flow of Dharma in your life and is the cause of your own prosperity. Your donations help us offer Buddhist teachings and meditation retreats to the world, a path that can lead people out of suffering to ultimate happiness.

Date(s): May 7, May 8
Times: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Number of sessions: 2
Level: All are welcome!
Location: Main Gompa
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