Tenzin Palmo in Hong Kong for Talk and Meditation Workshop in October
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, one of the most profound voices of Western Buddhism, will be in Hong Kong this month to give a public talk and two-day meditation workshop at the University of Hong Kong.
Tenzin Palmo is most famous for being one of the first Western-born women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun (1964). She subsequently spent 12 years meditating alone in a cave in the Himalayas, and started a monastery called Dongyu Gatsal Ling, following petitions from her teacher and other masters, with the objective of giving young nuns the opportunity to realize their intellectual and spiritual potential. In 2008, in recognition of her spiritual attainments and service to female practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, she received the title of Jetsunma (which is given to revered female teachers) by His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa. Her life has been documented in Vicki Mackenzie’s biography Cave in the Snow. Tenzin Palmo’s own books include Reflections on a Mountain Lake.
The public talk on 9 October is titled, “Into the Heart of Life” and will explore how to apply Buddhist teachings in a practical manner, helping us to live more skilfully, develop a positive state of mind, and open our hearts to others.
The meditation workshop is from 10–11 October. Participants can register for the entire two-day workshop or a single day. The first day, under the theme “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation: Changing your attitude, changing your life,” will teach essential practices for cultivating a mind of compassion, wisdom, and love in your daily life. Find out how we can eliminate our competitive, selfish, and reactive nature as well as our false and exaggerated concepts of self. The workshop will include discussion of and meditation on the Eight Verses for Training the Mind.
The second day’s theme will be “The Four Immeasurable Thoughts or Brahmaviharas.” The brahmaviharas are the four elements of true love: compassion, love, joy, and equanimity. They are called Immeasurables because if you practice them they grow every day until they embrace the whole world.
For further enquiries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, University of Hong Kong
Date: 9 October 2015 (Friday)
Time: 7:00–8:30 p.m. (please arrive 15 minutes before the lecture)
Organizers: Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong; Centre of Mindfulness; Buddhistdoor; Tibet House (Hong Kong)
Venue: Convocation Room (MB 218), main building, University of Hong Kong
Date: 10–11 October 2015 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of the workshop)
Instructor: Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Organizers: The Centre of Mindfulness; Buddhistdoor
Co-organizer: HKU Centre of Buddhist Studies Alumni Association
Fee: HK$200 per day (donations are welcome. Fee is inclusive of lunchbox. All proceeds will be donated to the nunnery of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo for Dharma propagation and education purposes)
Registration: Please download the Meditation Workshop Registration Form (pdf format)
Payment: Only checks can be accepted. All payments are non-refundable. Please issue a crossed check payable to “The Centre of Mindfulness Limited” and post to Room D5, 16/FTML Tower, 3 Hoi Shing Road, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong together with your application form. Please write your full name on the back of the check. Confirmation will be issued upon receipt of payment. Receipts of payment will be issued on the day of the workshop.