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October 4, 2019—October 6, 2019

Shantideva Center: Venerable Amy Miller: The Path to Joy

Sometimes we think, act, and behave in less than beneficial ways. These patterns can trigger guilt, shame, depression, anxiety, and other negative states of mind. By understanding the nature of our mind through a variety of meditations and exercises, we can explore a gentle and realistic approach in creating a more balanced mind and, therefore, a healthier more joy-filled life.

Join this insightful and practical weekend that will include a variety of guided meditations such as shiné (calm abiding), the nature of mind, death and dying, karma, developing the good heart, emptiness, and other topics on the path to awakening. Discussion and questions and answers sessions included. Help kick-start your practice or invigorate an already-existing one. Comments from the last retreats include, “Totally life inspiring” and “The best thing I chose to do this year.” Some background in Buddhism a great help, but not necessary.


Amy J. Miller (Ven. Lobsang Chodren) first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in 1987 at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Since then, she has spent a great deal of time engaged in meditation retreats, study, teaching, and Buddhist center management throughout the world. Prior to encountering Buddhism, Amy was a political fundraiser in Washington, DC and also worked for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco, California. Amy also trained as an emotional support hospice counselor during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco and offers courses and retreats on death and dying and end-of-life care.

A past director of Vajrapani Institute in California and Milarepa Center in Vermont, Amy was ordained as a Buddhist nun in June 2000. She has been teaching extensively since 1992 and is happy to help people connect with meditation and mindfulness in an effort to gain a refreshing perspective on stressful living. Amy has also led pilgrimages to India, Nepal, and Bhutan. The next pilgrimage Amy will be leading is in the spring of 2020 to Lawudo Retreat Center in the Mount Everest region of Nepal. She is the co-author of Buddhism in a Nutshell. Based in the United States, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her teaching schedule and other information can be found on her website.

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