Dana Sawyer Speaking at Tashi Gatsel Ling on Tuesday, February 10, 7-9pm

“Is American Buddhism Losing Its Soul?” This talk addresses the tendency in America today to see Buddhism and “mindfulness” as synonymous, as though Buddhism is only about being present. Dana Sawyer sees this as a part of the American tendency to scrub all ideologies free of any intimations of their metaphysical aspects, which would, of course, compromise the dharma.

Dana Sawyer is professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art and a lecturer on world religions for the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. He is the author of a critically acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxley and the authorized biography of Huston Smith.  He has been involved with the Buddha dharma since 1977, when he became a student of Nechung Rinpoche in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since 1989, he has worked closely with Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, including editing Rinpoche’s book, Peaceful Mind, Compassionate Heart.  He is also a regular contributor to Tricycle magazine.

(Please RSVP for this event to tashigatselling@gmail.com, because we expect a large turnout & need to be prepared.)

Guru Yoga Puja for Losar Thursday, February 19 from 7-8:30pm

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Come celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, with a puja including meditation, rejoicing, butter lamp offering, and candles. Losar is a great time to set intentions and renew practice. It marks the time 2500 years ago when the Buddha performed miracles. Any good or bad deeds during the first 2 weeks of Losar are multiplied many times to accumulate or reduce merit. Please come renew and celebrate efforts to attain Enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings!