Lama Palden Drolma with Sylvia Boorstein - Love on Every Breath (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Sylvia Boorstein

Many today feel called to action. Others are stymied, grief-stricken, confused about how to proceed. An ancient Tibetan Buddhist meditation--Tonglen--addresses this condition. One breathes in the suffering of others and breathes out compassion. But it is a difficult, advanced practice. Breathing in the suffering of others can be overwhelming. Lama Palden Drolma, a Western woman trained by Buddhist masters and also schooled in contemporary psychotherapy, here introduces readers to a variation of Tonglen that is no less powerful but more user-friendly. What she calls "Love on Every Breath" is a direct descendent of Tonglen, dating back centuries. Lama Drolma walks readers step-by-step through the meditation, from beginning issues of sitting with awareness and breath to taking in and extending love. Challenging situations of sadness, anger, and overwhelm are addressed with "On-the-Spot" strategies. Love on Every Breath elegantly and practically addresses a contemporary culture rife with anger, fear, and a sense of exclusion. The practices heal both the practitioner and the society in which they live. 

In this inspiring evening, bestselling author Sylvia Boorstein will lead a dialogue with Lama Palden Drolma about her new book Love on Every Breath. They will discuss the eight steps of a full Tonglen practice, as well as the “On-the-Spot” strategies for each step of the meditation that Lama Drolma offers throughout the book, which can be practiced in the moment anywhere and anytime. They will also explore the meditation’s numerous benefits, like shifting away from ego contraction, opening more deeply to love and compassion, letting go of clinging to our negativity and fear, and connecting with our innate Buddha nature.

Lama Palden Drolma is the author of Love on Every Breath. A licensed psychotherapist, spiritual teacher, and coach, she has studied Buddhism in the Himalayas with some of the most preeminent Tibetan masters of the twentieth century. Following a traditional three-year retreat under his guidance, Kalu Rinpoche authorized her to become one of the first Western lamas. She subsequently founded the Sukhasiddhi Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist teaching center in Fairfax, California.

Sylvia Boorstein is a Jewish Buddhist author, psychotherapist, and Buddhist teacher. Boorstein studied with Dipa Ma and is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. She has written numerous books such as It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness, That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist, Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There, and How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers with Toni Bernhard.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Love on Every Breath: Tonglen Meditation for Transforming Pain Into Joy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608685769
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Published: New World Library - May 28th, 2019

Today, when our human family is facing so many challenges, it is more important than ever that we find peace and sustenance in our hearts. Love on Every Breath, or Tonglen, is an eight-step meditation for anyone who wants to nourish and open their heart.