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.
- May 18 2023
- 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cultivating the Four Virtues of the Heart – Thursdays
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has often commented that the foundation of Dharma practice is cultivating a good heart. As important as mindfulness and concentration meditations are within the Buddhist tradition, it is crucial to balance such practices with the cultivation and development of altruism, good will and care. The practice of the Four Immeasurables are the ideal technique for achieving this goal.
The Four Immeasurables, or the Four Brahmaviharas, as they are called in the Pali tradition, are loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity. These characteristics are essential qualities that when developed lead to constructive emotions, well-being and genuine happiness.
In this six-week course, we will explore these four qualities and the practices that are used to cultivate them and the sessions will include an explanation of these practices along with guided meditations, and time for discussion. This course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners wanting to deepen their experience of the Four Immeasurables and the cultivation of heart.
This is not a drop-in class, and attendees are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions, as each session will build on the preceding teachings.
Participants will receive a Zoom link when they register using the Eventbrite registration system. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultivating-the-four-virtues-of-the-heart-tickets-606793875817
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