Lamrim Year Meditation
with Ven. Katy Cole
Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
The lamrim, stages of the path, is a core topic of study in our Buddhist tradition. The lamrim provides a concise and easily graspable picture of the Buddhist path. Transformation comes not only from study, but from thinking about the topics and doing analytical meditation on them, to make them a part of our lives.
Venerable Katy will help us to deepen our lamrim understanding through analytical meditation, beginning with practices to calm, and focus the mind before moving on to the lamrim topics gleaned from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s new book Lamrim Year: Making Life Meaningful Day by Day which is available in print or electronic version from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (https://www.lamayeshe.com/article/lamrim-year).
Venerable Katy will also touch on concentration and visualization meditations. This program is offered drop-in and will benefit meditators of all levels. It is a wonderful support for the students currently engaged with the Discovering Buddhism and the Exploring Buddhism Programs.
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Ven. Katy Cole has been a Buddhist nun for over 16 years. She was ordained with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala in 2004.
Since 2003, Ven. Katy has served in a variety of positions within Lama Zopa Rinpoche's FPMT: as Liberation Prison Project's spiritual program coordinator, chaplain coordinator, and on the project’s US Board of Directors; and at one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's residences in Aptos, CA, Kachoe Dechen Ling, helping with the numerous extensive offerings completed there every day. In 2008 she did a one-year retreat at FPMT's De-Tong Ling Retreat center on the western side of Kangaroo Island, just off the coast of South Australia.
Since 2013, and until the pandemic, Ven. Katy visited Lawudo Gompa annually for retreat, study, and to help Rinpoche’s sister with offerings in Rinpoche’s cave and main gompa, helping the tourists who come to stay, and baby cow care.
Prior to meeting her teachers, Ven. Katy studied Vipassana meditation with practitioners from Myanmar.
Ven. Katy has a BA Hons in Theatre Arts from Dartington College of Arts, U.K., a BA Hons in Psychology from Murdoch University, W.A, and a MA in clinical psychology from the University of Western Australia. She worked as a psychologist prior to moving to California to work for Liberation Prison Project.
Ven. Katy is currently living north of San Francisco, leading meditations and pujas online over Zoom, studying, and engaging in Nyung Nay retreat.