with Ven. Gyalten Palmo
Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
March 12 – April 23, 2019
In this module, we will explore the natures of samsara and nirvana, investigate the source of our problems and dissatisfaction, and learn how to move toward attaining a lasting state of peace and happiness.
The terms samsara and nirvana describe how life is, and how it could be.
We are all stuck in samsara — our lives seem to be an endless cycle of ups and downs, hope, fear, pleasure, pain, achievement and disappointment, where we are perpetually wanting something else and our happiness and satisfaction don't last for very long. But things don't necessarily have to be this way. The Buddha taught that it is possible to completely transform our lives and experience a state of lasting happiness, freedom and joy. This is nirvana — a state of everlasting peace and well-being.
In these Discovering Buddhism classes, we will discuss the profound teachings that clearly outline the mechanisms of cause and effect. These teachings show us how we create our own difficulties, as well as how we can break free of the cycles that keep us locked in unhappiness and suffering. We will investigate how we can empower ourselves with practical tools that will give us the confidence, commitment and energy for spiritual transformation.
Everyone is welcome!
Although it is part of the Discovering Buddhism program, anyone is welcome to attend — you do not have to have attended previous modules.
Having a long-held interest in the mind's capacity for transformation, Ven. Gyalten Palmo left home to spend 4½ months in India with an enlightened master in the late 1970's. Ven. Palmo started studying Tibetan Buddhism at the turn of the century. She has studied closely under Ribur Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Dakpa and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She went on to complete the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition's (FPMT) Basic Program coursework and retreats. In 2012, she was ordained by Choden Rinpoche at Sera Jey Monastic University in India. As an FPMT-registered teacher, she has been teaching Discovering Buddhism regularly at Tse Chen Ling Center in San Francisco since 2013. Ven. Palmo loves studying and sharing the Dharma with others.