Tsogyaling Meditation Center Welcomes Lopon Barbara Ryan, Senior Student of Renowned Buddhist Master H.E. Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche to Teach at Heartwood Center

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Senior Student of Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Lopön Barbara Ryan, will introduce her teachings to the Chicago area this spring at Heartwood, a holistic health services center at 1818 Dempster Street in Evanston.

Senior Student of Her Eminence Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, Lopön Barbara Ryan, will introduce her teachings to the Chicago area this spring at Heartwood, a holistic health services center at 1818 Dempster Street in Evanston. The weekend program, hosted by Tsogyaling Meditation Center, will begin with a public talk on Friday, May 15 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm with the topic “The Four Reminders that Turn the Mind Toward the Dharma.” It will last Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm on both days with the topic “Introduction to Vajrayana Buddhism.”

After his enlightenment the Buddha taught his direct experience of the Truth in gradual stages, allowing his students to develop their individual capacity for insight and then to slowly refine this. Reflective of this wisdom, the Vajrayana path does not stand alone but is steeped in the fundamental teachings of the Hinayana path of self-liberation and then enriched by the Mahayana teachings on genuine love and compassion for all beings. This weekend program will further explore the relationship between these three yanas, or vehicles, to deepen our understanding of the Buddhist path.

With this foundation, the skillfulness of the Vajrayana cultivates the personal understanding that enlightenment is not something far away and needing to be gained from somewhere else. Instead it is ingrained in everyone as their birthright, their essential true nature that needs only to be uncovered. Through beginning to look at the skillful methods of the Vajrayana, participants will also explore how these elements impact the view of the world and their lives.

Led by Lopön Barbara Ryan, Senior Student of H.E. Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, and the Head of the Office of Practice and Study at Mindrolling Lotus Garden, this program is open to all who are interested in the Buddhist path and will include teachings, group meditation, individual instruction, and discussion. For more information and to register for this event, please click here: http://www.evanstonmeditation.org/lopon-barbara-ryan/.

One of the few prominent women teachers in Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche is a holder of the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages. She began receiving teachings and transmissions from a very young age from some of the most revered Tibetan masters. Fluent in English, she has been teaching internationally for more than two decades and is author of the book “This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path to Enlightenment.” She is now celebrated as one of the most important living teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. For quotes, videos and more information about Rinpoche, visit her website: http://www.khandrorinpoche.org.

Rinpoche will host her own program at Heartwood this Summer. The program will be on Saturday, August 15, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, August 16, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Registration for the weekend event is $185.00, but a $20.00 discount will be applied to those who register before July 1. To attend one day of the weekend program, registration is $95.00. Limited scholarship opportunities are available. Students may learn more and register here: http://www.heartwoodcenter.com/weekend-meditation-program-with-khandro-rinpoche or find details for mailing their registration payment at http://www.heartwoodcenter.com. Area hotel and restaurant options are also listed on the website.

Tsogyaling Meditation Center is a small, community-based Buddhist meditation center named after an 8th-century Tibetan female Buddha. The center is often described as a peaceful, safe and compassionate place to come and explore the ancient practices of mindfulness meditation. It’s under the guidance of H.E. Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. Located at 1814 Dempster Street, meditation classes are held in the beautiful, newly renovated Heartwood center just next door. Parking is also available, next to Tsogyaling, in the newly acquired parking lot. For more information about Tsogyaling Meditation Center, please visit the website at: http://www.evanstonmeditation.org.

Heartwood is a holistic health services center committed to providing excellence in care to Evanston and the greater Chicagoland area. It features newly renovated offices for integrative healthcare practitioners, a classroom for teachers, an event space, and a conference room. Please contact Heartwood for more information at (847)491-1122. For information on renting an office space, please contact Nancy Floy at nancyfloy(at)heartwoodcenter(dot)com for a tour of the space.

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