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Movie Night: Kundun

Date: Friday, July 31st
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

In anticipation of Losang Samten's visits in August, we are showing Kundun, a 1997 epic biographical film written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Martin Scorsese based on the life and writings of the 14th Dalai Lama. Losang was an advisor and actor in the film and will be showing a behind-the-scenes slideshow of the film on August 7th (see below for details).

Click here for more details.

Please call 530-550-8981 or email info@goodnesssake.org to register.

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Teachings With Losang Samten,
renowned Tibetan scholar and former Buddhist monk

Dates: Fridays, August 7th and 14th
Location: For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA
Registration required
Please contact
: (530) 550-8981 or info@goodnesssake.org
Suggested donation: $15

VENERABLE LAMA LOSANG SAMTEN has been sharing teachings of loving-kindness, joy and compassion, as well as the path to enlightenment for almost 30 years. Losang lived and studied over 20 years in the Namgyal Monastery (the monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) earning the highest degree attainable at the monastery, equivalent to a doctoral degree in the West.

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Kirtan with Leeds Davis

Date: Friday, August 28th
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

Begun in India centuries ago, Kirtan is simply singing and meditation. With harmonium accompaniment we will chant together in English several spiritualized songs brought to this country nearly 100 years ago by Paramahansa Yogananda.

After a period of chanting with deeper and deeper attention and devotion, we will then sit in meditation, absorbing and internalizing the affirmation inherent in the chant. Click here to learn more.

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BEING LOVE Workshop with Debora McDermed, PhD

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: For Goodness Sake

Love is not only a feeling. It is not only an emotion. It is who we are.

The Being Love Workshop explores:
• how to Be the love that you are
• how to let go of obstacles to live in love
• how to live from your heart

Click here to learn more.


Movie Night: Kundun

Date: Friday, July 31st
Time: 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

kundun

In anticipation of Losang Samten's visits in August, we are showing Kundun, a 1997 epic biographical film written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Martin Scorsese based on the life and writings of the 14th Dalai Lama. Losang was an advisor and actor in the film and will be showing a behind-the-scenes slideshow of the film on August 7th (see below for details).

The Tibetans refer to the Dalai Lama as 'Kundun', which means 'The Presence'. The film follows the 14th Dalai Lama from early childhood to his escape from Tibet, when communist China invaded and enforced an oppressive regime upon the peaceful nation.

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Teachings With Losang Samten,
renowned Tibetan scholar and former Buddhist monk

Location: For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
Registration required; Please contact: (530) 550-8981 or info@goodnesssake.org
Suggested donation: $15

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Friday, August 7, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Meditation Instruction For Use in Daily Life/ Behind the Scenes Slideshow on the Making of the Movie Kundun


Following meditation instruction, Losang will share a special slide show with snapshots and stories from behind the scenes filming of the movie Kundun. Losang was an advisor and actor in the film.


Friday, August 14, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Eight Verses For Training the Mind


Practices associated with cultivating compassion, altruism, and wisdom that can be used in everyday life. Discussion to follow teaching.


*The teaching below is for those who have a regular Buddhist Practice.*
Friday, August 14, 3:30 to 5:00 pm
Vajrasattva Purification Meditation

Losang Samten will have a special class for the weekly Buddhist Path Class held on Friday mornings in which he will share the Vajrasattva Purification Practice 3:30 to 5:00 on Friday August 14th.

The sangha is opening this special class to others who have a regular Buddhist practice and want to deepen into the Mahayana Practice, the Path of the Bodhisattva. The Vajrasattva Practice is an aspect of and the next step in the Bodhisattva Path we are following. We are very fortunate in having Losang Samten at For Goodness Sake with us to share this meditation.

The usual Friday morning class will meet with teacher Phyllis Matyi from 10:30 to 12:30 to discuss the Sutra and Tantra principals of this practice and how it enhances ones practice by clearing obstacles, karmic traces and opens our inherent compassion and kindness for the benefit of all beings. This class is in preparation for the afternoon class and is also open to those who have a regular Buddhist practice. It is encouraged that people attend the morning class with Phyllis but it is not mandatory to attend the afternoon class.

The morning class will be followed by a pot luck at FGS with time for silence and if one chooses, nature, before the 3:30 class. In this way from 10:30am to 8:00pm we will have a time of reflection, practice and retreat together.

VENERABLE LAMA LOSANG SAMTEN has been sharing teachings of loving-kindness, joy and compassion, as well as the path to enlightenment for almost 30 years. Losang lived and studied over 20 years in the Namgyal Monastery (the monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) earning the highest degree attainable at the monastery, equivalent to a doctoral degree in the West. He also became a Master of Ritual Dance and Sand Mandalas and was the Personal Attendant to His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama prior to moving to the United States in 1988.  Ven. Losang Samten is one of the Mandala Masters who created the first public sand mandala in the West in 1988. He is the spiritual director of several Buddhist Centers in North America, with a home base currently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – the City of Brotherly Love. 

Click here to see his all of his events in the Tahoe area.

Losang Samten’s website:  www.LosangSamten.com   

Losang Samten’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Losang-Samten/150106282678

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Kirtan with Leeds Davis

Date: Friday, August 28th
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

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Begun in India centuries ago, Kirtan is simply singing and meditation. With harmonium accompaniment we will chant together in English several spiritualized songs brought to this country nearly 100 years ago by Paramahansa Yogananda.

After a period of chanting with deeper and deeper attention and devotion, we will then sit in meditation, absorbing and internalizing the affirmation inherent in the chant.

Kirtan is a very simple and powerful way to meditate….effortless and joyful. The music does the work for you and no one cares what you sound like. All voices merge to become one voice, creating a joyful journey through melody and rhythm toward oneness with the divine.

Leeds Davis has been a resident of Truckee for nearly 25 years and has enjoyed the beauty and spirituality of the area as well as the bountiful activities that serve as a springboard for deepening meditative practices. He is a Kriyaban with Self Realization Fellowship, which was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda nearly a century ago. Together with Yogoda Santsanga Society in India, it is the spiritual home of the teachings of Yogananda with spiritual centers in all countries of the world. He attends both the Grass Valley Meditation Group, where he conducts Sunday services, and the Reno Meditation Group.

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BEING LOVE Workshop with Debora McDermed, PhD

Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: For Goodness Sake

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Love is not only a feeling. It is not only an emotion. It is who we are.

The Being Love Workshop explores:
• how to Be the love that you are
• how to let go of obstacles to live in love
• how to live from your heart

Debora has for over twenty years assisted clients in discovering innate wisdom, resiliency, creativity as she has inspired their thinking and joy. These clients have found success, peace, and purpose in their work and in their lives. Rev. Deb affirms that every life and every circumstance provides the doorway to deep, innate wisdom. All of her services and consultations assist individuals and groups to find their own doorway and access knowingness with ease and grace. She is also the author of the soon to be released series, Woofie the One Eyed Wonder Dog, Tales of Unconditional Love. Rev. Deb was ordained by the East West Interfaith Seminary and teaches inter-spiritual ways of living life. Other services Debora lovingly provides are: Rituals, Ceremonies and Blessings; Contemplative Retreats; Spiritual Counseling; The 3 Principles; Circles of Prayer and Remembrance; Spiritual Spa Day (customized just for you!); Living from the Heart with Joy and Resiliency; and Spiritual Life Design.

Presented by the Vertical Dimension’s Founder and President, Rev. Debora McDermed, PhD.

Please call (530) 550-8981 or email info@goodnesssake.org to register.

 

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Some Favorite Quotes:

1.  If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.
Meister Eckhart

2.  Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

3. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton

4.  For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  ~William Faulkner

6. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

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