IN THE KEY OF PEACE – CONCERT FOR CONTEMPLATION with Harry Pickens
Mark your calendar to attend this meditative and uplifting event featuring music by a jazz pianist master, amazing spontaneous music created for our enjoyment and transformation. Harry’s music transports one into an inner place of tranquility and serenity, where you can let go of stress, worry and concern and relax into the presence of Compassion. FREE but $10 suggested donation benefits DGCEC.
Sunday, April 16, 7:00-8:30pm (Easter night)
LOUISVILLE EARTH WALK
DGCEC is one of the organizing partners for this first annual walk for our Earth. Show your support for our Mother Earth and Earth Day by participating in the 2017 Louisville Earth Walk on April 22, 2017 at the Iroquois Amphitheater. Enjoy the walk in Iroquois Park and learn about the steps you can take to connect your concern and action with local advocacy groups. Join with other pro-environmental citizens to send a clear signal to our elected officials of our continued desire to protect our planet. Register at www.LouisvilleEarthWalk.org and list yourself as part of DGCEC’s team – $10 sign in cost! Raise $50 in sponsorships and receive an event t-shirt. Earth Day is every day, but especially on April 22nd.
Saturday, April 22, 9am – Noon, Iroquois Amphitheatre, 1080 Amphitheater Road, www.LouisvilleEarthWalk.org
AWAKENING KINDNESS TO CREATE A CULTURE OF KINDNESS with Nawang Khechog
In Nawang Khechog’s view, one of the wonders and marvels of being human is that we can choose to nurture and cultivate kindness, compassion and love. These precious human values, he has found from his studies and experience, are the foundation of true happiness and are at the core of humanity’s possibility of peaceful coexistence with one another, with other species, and with our environment. For 4 of his 11 years as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, Nawang Khechog was a hermit meditator in the Himalayan foothills under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He fills a unique spot in Buddhist culture as a teacher, performer, practitioner, and Tibetan freedom fighter, as well as being a Grammy-nominated musician. Sunday, April 23, 2-4pm; $25
TIBETAN FREEDOM CONCERT
This solidarity and awareness raising event brings together great musicians – Over the Rhine, Ben Sollee, Peter Mulvey and Nawang Khechog and our Tibetan Buddhist Tour Monks – with Tibetan speakers (Tenam and Urgyen Badheystang from Students for a Free Tibet) to encourage us to do what we can to bring attention to human rights issues in Tibet and for the Tibetan people. At the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater. Tickets are $28 and $38 and are available at 502-584-7777 and www.KentuckyCenter.org. Proceeds benefit DGCEC.
Sunday, April 23, 7 – 9:30pm
MOMO DINNER AND MOVIE NIGHT!
Join us for a Tibetan Momo Dinner then watch together “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion”, an extraordinary documentary about the near-destruction of an enlightened 1,700-year-old culture, the incredible suffering of a violated people, and the spiritual survival of hope in the hearts of those who believe that one day they will be able to re-taste the joys of freedom. Director and cinematographer Tom Peosay spent ten years on this vast and substantive project shot on “the rooftop of the world.” Interviews provide both historical and contemporary perspectives on the situation in Tibet, including commentaries by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, scholars, historians and many others.
Friday, April 28, 5:30 – 8:15pm. Momo Dinner: 5:30pm – $10 for 7 meat or veggie filled momos with salad or $20 for 16 delicious momos with salad. Free Movie: 6:30 – 8:15pm. Carryout available from 4:30 – 6:30pm.
MEDITATION I: THE PATH TO INNER PEACE Workshop with Pete Buecker, MD
Life in the world today is fast-paced, stressful, and increasingly complex. This takes its toll on one’s health, well-being, and overall sense of satisfaction with life. In this 4-hour workshop you will discover your own personal path to inner peace and authentic joy utilizing time-honored practices and teachings presented in a simple, practical, and immediately applicable way. Dr. Buecker offers foundational didactic teaching, followed by a meditation practice that allows each student to experience the concept(s) being taught. Fruitful discussion about the practice after that enables appropriate integration of the material. Each participant will learn excellent beginning steps to confidently establish a meaningful personal home practice. Saturday, April 29, 9am – 1pm; $59.
Mindful Resilience® Workshop
RESILIENCE WHEN YOUR HEART IS BREAKING with Pamela Cotton, PhD
Mindful Resilience® Workshops help you bring mindfulness into everyday life. They integrate mindfulness, resilience, and self-compassion, offering tools and practices that help you more effectively face and deal with life’s everyday and not-so-everyday challenges. Resilience When Your Heart Is Breaking focuses on normal grief, a sometimes-debilitating experience even though it is part of the path of being human: the death of a loved one, struggles with dementia, challenges of disability, miscarriage, environmental changes, or the passing of a dear pet, among many others. Dr. Cotton explores the concept of grief, discusses emotions and their role in grief, and teaches tools that can help you cope and come to terms with your loss, using input, sharing and discussion.
3 Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 10:00 – 11:30pm; $55 or register with a friend and pay $45 each! Limit: 20 participants
ENGAGING WONDER, A CHRISTIAN PATH TO WHOLENESS with Joe Grant
In these turbulent times, we hunger for connection, community and compassionate engagement. The ancient Wisdom tradition within Christianity offers insights and practices to help us draw the world of crying need and awesome complexity into our heart and center. This three-session series explores one of the portals for broadening and deepening our lives through the embrace and practice of astonishment and awe. Come experience how wonder widens our hearts and open our minds compels to compassionate encounters. Each session has a contemplative or prayerful pace and tone including a presentation, guided meditation, centering practices, sacred listening and sharing. Come prepared to reflect and dialogue, to experience stillness, inspiration and challenge. If we are not astonished, perhaps we are not awake!
3 Mondays, May 8, 14, 21, 6:30 – 8:30pm; $60; Early Bird $50 by April 17
THE SELF-CARE SOLUTION: BECOMING YOUR OWN BEST FRIEND with Harry Pickens
Visit our website for more information.
2 Tuesdays, May 9 and 16, 6:30 – 8:30pm; $50.
THE SOUND OF PEACE: MUSIC AS GATEWAY TO THE SILENCE WITHIN with Harry Pickens
Visit our website for more information. Saturday, May 13, 10am to 4pm; $60
DYNAMIC NONVIOLENCE: STUDYING PEACE FOR LIVING with Cory Lockhart
You are invited to delve into this study, learning to move beyond intentions to practice! Dynamic Nonviolence: Studying Peace is based on a program developed by renowned peacemaker Colman McCarthy and taught to more than 5,000 high school, college and graduate students since 1982. In this 8-week process delve into the practice of nonviolence as a central component of compassionate living. Enjoy 15 pages of reading per session, in the words of great peacemakers including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Dorothy Day, Mohandas Gandhi, Gene Sharp, Leo Tolstoy and Joan Baez.
8 Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30am, June 6 – August 1: $95; Sign Up with a Friend and both pay $85.
Registration closes Jun 4 to allow reading preparation before the first session.
REFUGE RECOVERY GROUP – Buddhism-based recovery program.
Tuesdays, 8-9pm in the Shrine Room
LOUISVILLE’S ARMS OF COMPASSION
Please join us nearly every Friday, 11:30 – 12 Noon at Jefferson Square Park, when we stand in solidarity with the family and friends of the people who were murdered in Louisville in the past week. Your strong arms and heart make a difference. Confirm gatherings on Facebook – LouisvilleArmsofCompassion or LouisvilleArmsofCompassion@gmail.com.
STAY AT THE CENTER FOR YOUR SILENT RETREAT
Our retreat rooms are a “best kept secret” that you will want to enjoy! Experience a self-guided, silent retreat in one of our Retreat Rooms in the heart of St. Matthews and Windy Hills. Enjoy the peaceful quiet of the DGCEC retreat rooms for meditation, prayer, restful sleep, writing, walking. Rediscover your center within. $55 per night includes simple meals shared with the monks. Call 502-614-5616 to register for your date.
DGCEC is a Tibetan Buddhist Dharma Center and North American Seat of Drepung Gomang Monastery
We offer opportunities to study and practice Tibetan Buddhist philosophy through guided retreats, classes, and teachings facilitated by our teacher, Geshe Lharampa Kalsang Rapgyal. DGCEC actively promote awareness of the endangered Tibetan culture and associated human rights issues, and hosts the annual Drepung Gomang Sacred Arts Tours.
DGCEC is a Compassion Education Center guided by the vision and advice of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
The Compassion Education Center provides presentations, workshops, retreats and classes that inspire everyday people to grow loving-kindness and deep compassion in the movement from understanding to personal engagement.
Programming is based in universal human values using non-religious and inter-religious language
to communicate lived compassion, nonviolence, meditation, peacemaking and interfaith understanding.
All classes are held at DGCEC, 411 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207
Register online at www.DrepungGomangUSA.org (under the Compassion Center Classes tab), at the center or by calling 502-614-5616. Some partial scholarships are available upon request. Please email DrepungGomangCompassion@gmail.com.