March Newsletter

Special Events in March

We are looking forward to beginning spring with inspiring and heart-opening events at Joyful Path, including a new Book Club exploring deep compassion, a new group for learning non-violent communication techniques, as well as teachings on the Four Noble Truths this weekend, and a return of our teacher, Domo Geshe Rinpoche, to discuss special compassion-based healing from the Tibetan tradition. Can you join us for these enriching gatherings?

Practical Buddhist Wisdom:
The Four Noble Truths

Sunday 10-11:30am
(after Prayers for World Peace at 9am)

Our Dharma Talk series on the first Sunday each month continues this Sunday, with Ngakmo Chonyi and Ngawang Thekchen teaching on the "Four Noble Truths." The Buddha presented these truths in his first teaching after awakening. The four noble truths were taught to help others become awakened too, emphashizing the truths of suffering, the origins of suffering, the ending of suffering and the path to end suffering. His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains that "Without a good understanding of the Four Noble Truths we cannot proceed meaningfully in our study and understanding of the nature of reality."  

Compassion as the Healer
with Domo Geshe Rinpoche
Thursday March 22, 7-8:30pm

We hope and expect that those in the healing professionals are compassionate as well as competent. Education of healers these days focuses on the competencies and skills - who would be brave enough to teach compassion to professionals? In the tradition of the Lama Healers of old Tibet, there was a different approach. An individual did not become a Lama healer unless compassion was already present. To a Lama healer, compassion was not just a motivation or character quality, it was a healing tool. How is it possible to heal with compassion? Join us for a special evening where Domo Geshe Rinpoche shares insights into the Lama healing tradition of Tibet, and how that can improve Western healing practice. Register now. $15 suggested donation.

Regular Gatherings

Free unless otherwise noted

Uncommon Happiness Book Club
Mondays 7-8:15pm

Pema and friends are delving into the next book - No Time to Lose by Pema Chodron - and there's still time to join the group! This book illuminates one of the most well-known teachings on fearless compassion. Join us for discussions on bodhicitta, the nature of deep compassion, and action in daily life. An optional meditation is held at 6:30. For more information or to join, contact Pema at

Conscious Compassionate Communication group
2nd & 4th Tuesdays 7-8:30pm

Based on non-violent communication, Conscious Communication is the intention to connect with ourselves and others by focusing on the needs underneath our strategies for meeting them. By practicing a simple, generic, complete and doable skill set outlined by Dr. Rosenberg, we can learn to translate and transform every word we hear into a life-giving opportunity to connect with what we most want. This is a rich and nuanced practice and is an integral part of Buddhist ethics as an aspect of the noble eightfold path (right speech). Learn the basics of conscious communication, and be part of a group that will spend much of its time practicing these skills, so they become second nature. Led by Mary Kay Reineman. A donation is requested to cover our facilitator's basic expenses.

Guided Meditations
Wednesdays 6-6:45pm

Research continues to verify the positive effects of meditation on mental health, stress reduction and overall well-being. Let us guide you in a meditation experience in either the mindfulness, contemplative or compassion-based traditions. We sit for 20 to 30 minutes and have time for discussion afterwards. Everyone is welcome, whether it is your first time meditating or you want to make this a weekly ritual. Please arrive 10 minutes early if it is your first time so we can help you to sit comfortably. Led by Jugney Colin Arndt, a Joyful Path monastic with 10 years of experience in meditation practices.

View all of our regular weekly and monthly offerings here

Many Blessings,

The Joyful Path team

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