The Art of Contemplating Self with Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

  • 17 Dec 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • DGCEC's Zoom Platform


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  • Please pay what you are able.
  • Please pay what you are able.

Friday, December 17, 6:00 - 8:30pm Eastern Time USA

We often struggle with our sense of self, who we are, and who we want to be. When we enter the Buddhist path, we hear a lot about “no self”. How do we understand that this self we often struggle with doesn’t exist?

The Buddha’s teachings that examine the nature of identity, address this very question. For those no longer interested in hiding from their habitual tendencies, the dharma offers humorous and radical methods for cultivating a healthy sense of wellbeing and an experience of unconditional freedom.

Elizabeth will also lead a guided meditation and open the evening to dialogue.

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Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. She teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, and Europe. She is the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom and The Logic of Faith: the Buddhist Path to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt.

Elizabeth is known for her use of inquiry as a means to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. She asks audiences to engage in the practice of open questioning with her while she takes a fresh look at all the assumptions and beliefs we have about spirituality. In particular, Elizabeth is fascinated with the Buddha’s essential teachings on the natural principle of pratityasamutpada, dependent arising. Audiences repeatedly comment on how her approach has reinvigorated their meditation practice and the way they relate to their lives as a whole.

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