Teacher or Dharma Leader
- Tenzin ChogkyiTeacher
Tenzin Chogkyi (she/her/hers) is a teacher of workshops and programs that bridge the worlds of Buddhist thought, contemplative practice, mental and emotional cultivation, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology. Tenzin first became interested in meditation in the early 1970s and then started practicing Tibetan Buddhism in early 1991 during a year she spent studying in India and Nepal. She completed several long meditation retreats over a six-year period and took monastic ordination with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, practicing as a monastic for nearly 20 years. Since 2006 she has been teaching in Buddhist centers around the world and taught in prisons for 15 years.
She is also a certified teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training and the Cultivating Emotional Balance program. Tenzin is especially interested in bringing the wisdom of Buddhism into modern culture and into alignment with modern cultural values such as racial and gender justice and environmental awareness. She feels strongly that a genuine and meaningful spiritual path includes not only personal transformation, but social and cultural transformation as well. She loves interfaith collaboration and is a volunteer for the Interfaith Speakers Bureau of the Islamic Networks Group in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She is featured on a monthly radio show called “Reflections on Buddhism on KSQD 90.7 in the Santa Cruz area. She also finds time to create her Unlocking True Happiness podcast which you can check out at unlockingtruehappiness.org where you will also find her current teaching schedule. She is currently based on traditional Awaswas Ohlone land, in what is now known as Santa Cruz, CA.
- Oct 01 2023
- 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Unlocking True Happiness: Keys to Personal Healing and Global Transformation – First and Third Sundays
Unlocking True Happiness is an opportunity for newcomers and old friends to explore the Buddha’s teachings as they are applied in our daily lives, to deepen our experience of genuine well-being and meaning.
Unlocking True Happiness topics combine ideas from Buddhism with those from the fields of positive psychology, Western philosophy, and current events. People from all faiths and backgrounds can apply the principles explored in this series to enhance their lives. Examples of topics we will explore in this series are gratitude, forgiveness, self-compassion, the emotion of “elevation,” myths about happiness, and much more.
Tenzin will introduce the topics and lead brief reflection meditations. Participants will be invited to join in discussion, asking questions and sharing experiences.
Drop in on any session. No background required – just come with an open mind. All are welcome!
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Attend either online or in person at the Meditation Center
Online Attendance Instructions:
Online Meeting ID: 881 7986 0910
Dial-in Passcode: 799257
Join online by clicking the Join Online button or calling +1-669-900-6833 US (San Jose) followed by the Online Meeting ID number and #. If a passcode is requested, then enter the Dial-in Passcode and #. Find your local number by clicking here. The preferred way to join is by using a Zoom application with your personal Zoom account.
Onsite Attendance Instructions:
Masks Are Optional
We highly recommend that onsite attendees be fully vaccinated, including boosters, per CDC guidelines. The use of an N95/KN95 mask is optional at this event. ISC will provide a mask if you need one, but you can support the center by bringing your own.
- Zoom user hosting the event: Zoom01@insightsantacruz.org