Online Resources for Practice and Education during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis our need for practice, education and support is greater than ever.  The St. Johnsbury Center is offering several programs online at no cost  – view our monthly calendar for details.  Listed below are other offerings that may be beneficial at this time; there is a fee for many of these programs.

Karme Choling has invited the local sangha to take part via Zoom in their daily morning and evening practices, practices during the pandemic, Shambhala Sadhana, Sadhana of Mahamudra and more. Please visit their website and request to be added to the mailing list if you are not already receiving invitations from them. They are delighted to share this rare resource with us all as we continue maintaining physical distance.

Applied Mindfulness Training website features insightful blog and podcasts authored by several of our local sangha members, including Carol Hyman, Bill Brauer, Gregory McNally, Caroline DeMaio and Sigurd Anderson.

Carol previews her latest podcast, Dancing with Desire, “…we can’t stay in lockdown forever. It’s time to dance, which may be, in many ways, a bigger challenge than hunkering down. Now, as we start going back about our business, we need to pay even more attention, managing our behavior, weighing wants against potential consequences, trying to find the balance that brings the most benefit. As we venture out into whatever new normal we find, mindfulness will be our best ally for keeping ourselves safe and protecting others.”

Tonglen, Expanding the Heart with Wisdom, with Dungse Jampal Norbu – May 15-17, 2020

Friday, May 15: 8-10 PM EDT
Saturday, May 16: 5-7 PM EDT
Sunday, May 17: Noon-2 PM EDT
Note: These times are translated from Mountain Time

The Buddhist practice of Tonglen, known as giving happiness and taking suffering, is an essential practice of Mahayana Buddhism. Tonglen means that we exchange self for other — it asks that we walk a mile in another’s shoes. The compassion and wisdom that result lead us to a greater sense of inner peace. In this time of the global coronavirus pandemic, Tonglen gives us an avenue to relate personally and deeply to the suffering all around us.

Dungse Jampal Norbu is known for his pragmatic, curious, and creative approach to traditional Buddhist teachings. Dungse-la is Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s son and Dharma Heir. His mother is Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel who recently taught the program Claiming Agency to Our Own Awakening shown at the St. Johnsbury Shambhala Center. He has lived and traveled extensively in Asia, but spent much of his youth in Colorado. With life-long guidance from Kongtrul Rinpoche, particularly in traditional Buddhist philosophical studies in India and the US, Dungse-la now teaches and spends time in retreat.

This live-streamed program will include a Tonglen Guided Meditation and Q&A. All are welcome to join Dungse Jampal Norbu for this  program.

Free; donations appreciated. Registration necessary – visit the website to create your account in order to live-stream this program. You will be able to access the recordings for 1 week post event.

Shambhala Sundays – Weekly Gatherings for the Global Shambhala Community – Sundays at 3 pm EDT

Join in every Sunday for an online gathering of the Shambhala community worldwide. This online space is a place where we can practice meditation together, hear dharma teachings from a featured guest teacher, learn more about the activities of incredible people in our sangha, engage in discussion – and connect with one another, our community, and our hearts.

Learn more and register here for each upcoming talk. A Zoom link will be sent to you after registration.

Sunday Gatherings are presented in English and are live every week at 3:00 pm Eastern time.