September, 2000 News
- Land of Medicine Buddha - Center news:
We are delighted to welcome Venerable Sarah Thresher to LMB as
Spiritual Program Coordinator. An Editor with Wisdom Publications for
many years and a Buddhist Scholar, Venerable Sarah has taught all over
the world especially in the UK, Holland, New Zealand, India and
Silvia Wenger has decided to take up a job offer with the Hospice in San
Francisco. We were both at a talk by Robert Thurman in San Francisco
three months ago when the Head of the Zen Hospice Project of San
Francisco offered her this job. I know that she has struggled long and
hard over the past three months in arriving at the decision to leave
LMB. Hospice is something Silvia feels a real calling for. She was
appointed Director of the Tara Home Hospice project - Lama Zopa's plan
to build a Hospice here in LMB. I understand that she will still retain
this role and in the meantime gain additional experience in the San
Francisco Hospice so that, in a couple of years, when we are ready to
start theTara Home Hospice here, she will, hopefully return to direct
I wil miss her as I am sure others will too. She played a crucial role
in helping to move LMB forward to an improved level of operation.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Visit May 2001
His Holiness will be teaching May 17,18, 19 2001 each day 10am-noon and
2pm -4pm on the Heart of Wisdom Sutra. On May 19th he will give a public
talk "Peace through Inner Peace". May 20th starting 9.30am he will
confer a Medicine Buddha Empowerment, followed, we hope, by a short Long
Tickets are now available for this incredible event. We are offering
these on a first come first served basis. Those who register early will
get the best possible seating in the general seating area. We expect to
be selling these through a ticket agency at a later stage, which will
mean prices will be increased. Please e-mail us for further information.
We are also offering accommodation and travel packages from LMB
including dinner and breakfast May 16th through the 20th.
Accommodation is available in shared rooms in LMB and you will travel by
luxury coach to and from the teachings each day. We already have quite a
number of bookings so please reserve your space!
Upcoming Events and Programs
The LMB Tuesday evening teachings will resume on September 5th at 7pm.
Venerable Sarah Thresher will teach on Spiritual Transformation: The Key
to Healing and Developing a Good Heart. Over several weeks Ven. Sarah
will explain what this means and how healing and developing a good heart
can become a reality for everyone.
The Sunday Dharma Day
On September 10th we are having our first Dharma Day to which all are
invited. It will begin at 10:30am sharp in the Gompa with a brief
teaching followed by some chanting and a short meditation. The teaching
topic is The 4 Noble Truths.
We are confidently assured by the Lady Kym a/k/a Queen of the Pool and
Forest John a/k/a Knight of the Pool that the pool will be open, heated
and ready! So be prepared to swim. All are welcome. Bring the kids.
We are planning some instruction in children's beginning meditation and
art projects for all ages. There will be a potluck after the teachings,
so please bring food and drink to share. See you there!
Fall Program Highlights
Qinway Qi Gong, Master Qinyin (Sept 15 - 17)
Master Qinyin is an experienced Qi Gong Master, new to the Bay area.
She will lead this extraordinary residential weekend during which
participants will learn the secrets of detoxification as well as quantum
energizing. This is a unique opportunity to learn from an established
Master, one not to be missed. You will feel younger, healthier and
learn to integrate her special teachings into your daily life.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction,
Bob Stahl, Ph.D., Mark Abramson, D.D.S. (October 6-8)
Imagine going to a wonderful place in a redwood forest where your only
responsibility is to yourself. Everything is provided: food, lodging,
peaceful, simple facilities. You will experience profound silence as you
learn to still your mind through engaging in the practice of meditation.
Make this great gift to yourself!
Developing a Good Heart, Venerable Geshe Drakpa (Nov 17 - 19)
Is this just fantasy? Or is there a real possibility that we can
actually change our hearts in a profound and lasting way? Drawing from
ancient secrets of Tibetan wisdom Geshe Drakpa (a highly accomplished
and learned Tibetan meditation master) will explain, during this
residential weekend, that developing a good heart is really possible.
You will learn why a good heart is beneficial as well as techniques to
bring this change about.
Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life, Venerable Robina Courtin (Nov 11)
Robina Courtin, a straight talking Buddhist nun, will lead this one day
intensive. Hugely popular, Robina, the editor of Mandala magazine, has
taught all over the globe and is in constant demand. Among other things
she will explain how the mind works and how it is the source of our
happiness or misery.
Being a compassionate companion, Frank Ostaseski, Founding Director of
Zen Hospice Project San Francisco. (Jan 26-28,2001)
Caring for people who are dying can be an intense, intimate and deeply
alive experience. It often challenges our most basic beliefs. It is a
journey of continuous discovery, requiring courage and flexibility.
Opening, risking, forgiving constantly. Taken as a practice of
awareness, it can reveal both our deep clinging and our capacity to
embrace another person's suffering as our own.
This workshop presents a mindful and compassionate approach to
addressing the practical, emotional and spiritual issues, which are
inherent in this unique relationship. We will introduce traditional
mindfulness practices, exercises designed to explore impermanence and
grief and help us to develop the skillful means necessary to accompany
those facing death with openness and love. This workshop is open to all
and may be of particular interest to professionals or those who
anticipate caring for family members or friends facing life-threatening
We still have a long way to go to turn LMB around so please keep us in
your thoughts and prayers.
Tom Flynn, Director
Land of Medicine Buddha
5800 Prescott Road
Soquel, CA 95073
Phone: (831) 462 8383
Fax: (831) 462 8380