FRESH MINDS: Rebel Buddha book group

 FRESH MINDS: Rebel Buddha book group

FRESH MINDS: Rebel Buddha book group

Feb 27, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“There’s something of a rebellious streak in all of us. Usually it’s dormant, but sometimes it’s provoked into expression. If nurtured and guided with wisdom and compassion, it can be a positive force that frees us from fear and ignorance.
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Rebel Buddha

7 Thursdays, February 6th – March 26th  – no class on February 20th

This is the launch of our Fresh Minds group. The Fresh Minds group will discuss topics related to Buddhism and it’s practical tools’ relationship to our everyday lives. We’ll take an introductory approach, with the book, Rebel Buddha, exploring our culture, our struggles, and how Buddhist tools might support our everyday sanity. This group is intended for new individuals looking to deepen their practical understanding of the Buddhist teachings.

In Rebel Buddha, Dzogchen Ponlop guides us through the inner revolution that comes from unleashing your rebel buddha. He explains how, by training your mind and understanding your true nature, you can free yourself from needless suffering. He presents a thorough introduction to the essence of the Buddha’s teachings and argues that, if we are to bring these teachings fully into our personal experience, we must go beyond the cultural trappings of traditional Asian Buddhism. “We all want to find some meaningful truth about who we are,” he says, “but we can only find it guided by our own wisdom—by our own rebel buddha within.

Stephanie Basford

Stephanie Basford grew up in northern Illinois, in a small town with a small family. She attended Carthage College beginning in 2008 and received her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies in 2012. Stephanie then graduated from Naropa University in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Indo-Tibetan Religious Studies. She has served as coordinator for the Nitartha Summer Institute and is currently general manager of Nalanda West.

Ben Mikolaj

Ben Mikolaj is a Registered Nurse, Iraq War veteran, and lover of dogs. He has been a student of Ponlop Rinpoche since 2009, attended Rinpoche for 4 years as his secretary and personal assistant, and currently serves as Deputy COO for Nalandabodhi International. Ben is a lifelong student and is especially interested in how individuals and communities can embody wisdom and love. He is a Nalandabodhi Practice Instructor, Nitartha Teacher-In-Training, and dog dad to a Boston-mix named Kraken.

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