Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Outer and Inner Peace: How to Do Your Own 3-Day Solitary Retreat • Wed, June 8, 7 – 9:30pm

The vivacious and wise Jennifer MacFarlane leads this practical and inspiring retreat workshop for meditation practitioners who want to take it to the next level. The class will cover every little detail of what to do before, during and after your 3-day solitary retreat.

Retreat is a vital and integral process on our path to enlightenment. So what are you waiting for?

$20 suggested donation for the Three-Year Retreat for Peace.

Please register at threejewels.nyc@gmail.com.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Debate of the Devil & the Angel • Phoenix, AZ • May 27 – May 29

Sometimes we hear a voice in our head telling us to do something that might not be so good to do. We tell it to go away, and then it surprises us by talking back. What’s worse, the voice is sometimes quite convincing.

400 years ago in Tibet there lived the First Panchen Lama, very much like the Dalai Lama. He wrote poetry, he knew dance, he was the greatest thinker of his time and also managed to stop a war single-handedly by walking out between the two armies.

But he also had his days arguing with the devil inside his own head. The Panchen Lama decided to record the conversation in a book, which he called The Devil Debates an Angel.

The Devil here is no slouch. Every time the Angel gives him a good answer, he comes back with a very persuasive reply.

What’s amazing is that—as we listen to the Devil and the Angel debating—we unexpectedly begin to get some new ideas about how the world around us works: why things happen to us the way they do, why we meet the people we do. By the end of the fight (we won’t tell you how it ends!), we have a lot of what we need to know to change our own life—to be happier, and make those around us happy.

This program is free of charge, and will include yoga classes at different levels, as well as guided meditation sessions, on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Participants will also receive a complimentary copy of an new translation of the original text.

This will be the first in a series of weekend programs throughout the year led by Geshe Michael Roach under the auspices of the Asian Classics Institute of Phoenix. Please register in advance so we can plan refreshments and enough space for yoga and other events.

Friday May 27th
7-9:30pm: First session of "The Devil debates an Angel"

Saturday May 28th
9:30-1pm: Meditation & yoga
2:30-5pm: Uma Chidun
7-9:30: Second session of "The Devil debates an Angel"

Sunday May 29th
9:30-1pm: Meditation & yoga
2:30-5pm: Third session of "The Devil debates an Angel"

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sneaking a Peak: How to Meditate on Emptiness • Sunday, May 29, 1 – 4:30pm

The teachings on emptiness were propounded by the Buddha on many different levels. Put together into a gradual approach, they are designed to conquer our delusions—from gross to increasingly subtle levels—of an independent, solid existence. But without meditative experience, “emptiness” becomes a much used and abused—empty—phrase. This workshop will take you through the progressively deeper levels of meditating on emptiness, allotting time for actual meditation.

$35 suggested donation

Please register with meganmook@gmail.com

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tibetan Heart Yoga with Anatole Nguyen // Thursday, Sept 1, 2011, 7:30pm

Please join us for a special evening of Tibetan Heart Yoga with Anatole Nguyen, this Thursday, September 1st at Three Jewels. Come enjoy a beautiful mix of dharma and yoga as Anatole leads us through a special series of asanas to open our hearts and reach enlightenment.

Everyone is welcome, $20 suggested donation

Anatole Nguyen is a devoted student of Sri Dharma Mittra, Geshe Michael Roach, and Lama Christie McNally. A certified yoga teacher and martial artist for seventeen years, he teaches the inner and outer methods of yoga and Buddhism, and has offered classes extensively in New York City, Arizona, and around the world.

Tibetan Heart Yoga developed over the centuries in the Gelukpa traditions of the Dalai Lamas. Created by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally, Tibetan Heart Yoga is a unique program for yoga on the physical and spiritual levels.

"You must have the karma to hear this method, you won't find it anywhere else. This is the easy, fun method to reach enlightenment in one lifetime; it doesn't have to take eons." - Anatole Nguyen

We look forward to seeing you!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Lady Niguma Yoga Chakra Series // Sat, May 14 12 - 6pm and Sun, May 15 12 - 4:30pm

What are chakras and why would we want to open them? The short answer is HAPPINESS. The slightly longer answer is this beautiful immersion workshop with Nicole Vigna on Lady Niguma's Yoga Chakra series.

Lady Niguma lived a 1000 years ago and designed this series (the oldest recorded yoga series that we know of) to help people conquer the negative emotions responsible for both personal and global suffering and create a happy, joyful, productive life.

Open to all, workshop participants will practice the Lady Niguma series together, explore inner body theory, how yoga works (theory and practice), and learn methods to modify the series.

Please register with Venerable Akasha Prabha at ladynigumayoga@gmail.com.

What to bring: You and comfortable yoga clothes. Healthy food, snacks and drinks will be provided, but please bring your own lunch if you have special diet needs. You're welcome to have food delivered if that's more convenient!