Introduction to Mindfulness Course
with Ven. Katy Cole
Saturdays, 1:30pm – 3:30pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
January 6: in-person and online
January 13: online
no session on January 20
January 27: online
February 3: online
no session on February 10 and 17
February 24: online only
Welcome to the FPMT-designed mindfulness meditation course! This 5-week course is perfect for those who are new to mindfulness and would like to learn simple techniques to apply mindfulness daily. It is also suitable for those who would like to develop a regular mindfulness meditation practice. Throughout this course, you will learn how to focus and clear your mind through calming physical tensions and mental stress. You will also learn how to work with your thinking habits and develop positive, wholesome inner qualities. By practicing mindfulness, you will enhance your mental clarity and learn how to nurture a peaceful state of mind. Attending the entire course is not required, however is encouraged as the meditations build on each other in a sequential manner.
Join us today to start your journey towards mindfulness and wellbeing!
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.