Osel Shen Phen Ling offers regular programs on meditation instruction and Buddhist studies, as well as traditional practices in the Gelug tradition, with regular visits from qualified traveling teachers throughout the year. In addition to our regular program below, we offer educational programs for beginning and intermediate students. We also engage in special Dharma practice days to increase the positive potential of all sentient beings and remove obstacles on the path to enlightenment.
GUIDED Lam RIm Meditation LiveStream via zoom meeting: Tuesdays, 7pm March through may:
Join us via Zoom Meeting on Tuesday evenings at 7pm MDT for guided meditation on the lamrim, the gradual path to enlightenment. Based on the meditation developed by Ven. Thubten Chodron in her book, Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path, Center Director Bill Pfeiffer will do his best to help us focus on the Dharma during these uncertain times.
Facilitated by Bill Pfeiffer
Meeting ID: 256 838 707
don handrick teaches via zoom, june 4 – 7, 2020
Gen Don Handrick teaches Turning Arrows Into Flowers – In light of COVID-19, teachings will be live streamed via Zoom. To register visit our Square Online Store and you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting info and password. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues.
Don will lead us in a special Medicine Buddha Puja on Friday evening in honor of Saka Dawa, a Buddhist holy day in which we celebrate the birth, death and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. Thursday Don will introduce the topic of Saturday and Sunday’s mini-retreat.
Turning Arrows into Flowers: How to Transform Suffering into the Path – Just before the Buddha attained enlightenment, Mara and his demon army shot scores of arrows at him, but as the arrows approached, they turned into flowers and fell harmlessly at his feet. Similarly, life never has a shortage of arrows that are flung at us either, whether they’re the everyday frustrations and annoyances or the more serious and challenging problems we are forced to face. In the same way that the Buddha turned the arrows into flowers, many practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism utilize the teachings of lojong, or mind training, to transform their suffering into exactly what is needed to advance in their spiritual practice. In this course we will examine the instructions given by Jigme Tenpe Nyima and advice from other great masters of lojong to aid us in the process of accepting and even welcoming adversity as a necessary and helpful support for our practice of the path to enlightenment.