Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi

Teachings in Southern California


The Emptiness of Emptiness

Weeklong Retreat with Ven Tenzin Priyadarshi

January 30 to February 5, 2015
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, Montecito, CA

"Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form.
Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness.
In the same way feeling, perception, formation and consciousness are emptiness."

A week long intensive retreat on the understanding, practice, and realization of emptiness. This retreat will provide an opportunity to understand the conceptual framework of emptiness as it was presented and discussed in the literatures of  Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajryana schools. Participants will then proceed to deconstruct this conceptual framework to encounter emptiness “face to face”— proceeding to a naked awareness of no “face to face”.

The retreat will explore emptiness through teachings, discussions and meditation practices.   Beginners and advanced students are encouraged to attend.
Suggested Readings (in any available language): The Heart Sutra; Acharya Nagarjuna’s “Verses of the Middle Way” (mulamadhyamika-karika)— “Seventy Stanzas of Emptiness” (“sunyata-saptatih).

Details and Registration through our affiliate Bodhimarga   

Dharma Study Circle:  The Study Circle is an opportunity to progress in one's spiritual growth through becoming familiar with Buddhist texts, by having constructive discussions of the texts, and by interacting in the fellowship of sangha community with other aspirants. Periodically there will be Q&A sessions with Ven Priyadarshi on the text under discussion.

Currently we are discussing Nagarjuna's "Precious Garland." 
Groups are meeting in Huntington Beach, West L.A., and Santa Barbara.
Contact us if interested in joining a group.

Go to our Blog to see previous retreats and more of Ven. Tenzin's activities.

Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi is the President of The Prajnopaya Institute and Foundation, a worldwide humanitarian organization. He is also the founding Director of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is the Buddhist chaplain there as well. He was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is his spiritual mentor, and has received instruction and training under several great Buddhist teachers. He teaches in the spirit of the non-sectarian, Rime' tradition. Ven. Tenzin teaches around the world, including recently in Russia, Mongolia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Japan, and Mexico.   (More about Ven. Tenzin)


Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi