The Book of Joy: Book Discussion Group

8 Consecutive Mondays 7:00-8:30pm. Jan 7-Feb 25, 2019

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The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World- Weekly Book Discussion Group led by Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet.

In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?

They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

Join us for a study group delving into this best selling book, and these issues. This group will be co-facilitated by the participants and will meet Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 for 8 weeks, January 7 through February 25. Participation in all sessions is encouraged.

Limited numbers of hard copies of the book will be available for purchase for $20 at first study group meeting. Please mention in the comment section of your registration if you would like to reserve a copy. If you have already registered and want to reserve a copy please email Patrick at

About the Teacher:
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, and then in early 1991 she became a student of Tibetan Buddhism. From 1992 to 2000, Venerable Tenzin was director of Vajrapani Institute, co-director the FPMT International Office, and coordinator of FPMT Center Services. 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, and began teaching in 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, and is also a teacher of Cultivating Emotional Balance (a secular program developed by Alan Wallace and Paul Ekman). In October 2018 will complete the teacher training for Compassion Cultivation Training, a program developed by Geshe Thubten Jinpa and colleagues at Stanford University. Venerable Tenzin joined the faculty at Land of Medicine Buddha in August 2018.

Date(s): 8 Consecutive Mondays 7:00-8:30pm. Jan 7-Feb 25, 2019
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi
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Number of sessions: 8
Level: open to all
Participation: regular attendance suggested
Location: Main Gompa
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