Dharma Study

Training in Tenderness

with Asher Putterman & Morgan Starr
Six Tuesdays, February 25-March 31, 6-8 p.m.
By registration
"What is this profound quality that we all have? It is the innate tenderness of our own heart." - Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
Training in Tenderness is a six-week study group based on the book, Training in Tenderness: Buddhist Teachings on Tsewa, the Radical Openness of Heart that Can Change the World by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. We hope you join us for an opportunity to awaken tsewa and help heal our aching world.
Each class will begin with meditation practice to settle in with ourselves and each other. From this place of presence, we will explore the teachings on tenderness. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is taught that one of the most essential qualities of enlightenment is tsewa, a form of warm energy and openness of heart. Tsewa is the kindness we express and receive through empathy with others, especially those closest to us.
Through his writings, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher of the Longchen Nyingtik Lineage, inspires us to look deeply at how we can transform our lives in support of enduring compassion and happiness. In our group, we will explore questions such as:
  • What does "tender heart" mean to each of us?
  • What blocks our naturally warm heart?
  • Can we dissolve our attachment to self and open further to others?
  • How can tsewa support our relationship with death and grieving?
Classes will include meditation, an interactive synopsis of the week's reading, and sharing/discussion. Everyone is encouraged to bring questions, ideas, and curiosities to the group each week.
Level: Everyone is welcome, including beginners and advanced practitioners.
Registration: Kindly complete payment below or contact Rachel at [email protected] or 594-1694 to register and discuss other payment options. Installment payments are welcome.
Suggested donation
Note: Copies of Training in Tenderness will be available for purchase at class.
Note: The Dancing Elephant is by donation so that everyone can participate. Donations in any amount are graciously appreciated. 

Mindful Eating Group

with Beverly Feldt
Sundays, March 15-May 3, 4-5:30 p.m.
Drop-ins welcome
"Mindful eating replaces self-criticism with self-nurturing. It replaces shame with respect for your own inner wisdom."  - Jan Chozen Bays
Let's reclaim the joy of eating! Join us on Sunday afternoons this winter for a supportive and nourishing drop-in group based on Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Jan Chozen Bays, MD.
The purpose of the group is to support each other on the path of mindful eating. We will learn techniques to awaken our senses and bring non-judgmental awareness to our relationship with food. We will attune to our eating habits and support each other to develop a healthy, loving relationship to food and our bodies. Each gathering will include reading, discussion, and guided meditations.
Everyone is welcome.
This is a drop-in group; registration is not required.
By donation. Suggested: $5-15 per class. Donations in any amount are graciously accepted.
Books will be available for purchase at The Dancing Elephant.
"In mindful eating, we are not comparing or judging. We are simply witnessing the many sensations, thoughts, and emotions that come up around eating. This is done in a straight-forward, no-nonsense way, but it is warmed with kindness and spiced with curiosity." - Jan Chozen Bays