Lama Willa Schedule

Sustainable EmpathySustainable Empathy
Buddhist practices to prevent compassion fatigue
with Lama Willa Miller
Saturday, March 14  9:30 am - 4:30 pm
555 Forest Avenue Portland ME

How can we deepen compassion, but not become so identified with the suffering of others that we lose touch with our own health and balance? In short, how can we make empathy sustainable? In this workshop, we will learn meditations and methods of interpersonal work adapted from the from the heart-cultivation (lojong)...

An Urban Weekend Retreat
with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, Lama Willa Miller
Friday, April 17  5:00 pm - Saturday, April 18, 2015 5:00 pm
Episcopal Divinity School Chapel

As an experience, devotion might be described as, "letting go into humbleness." As a practice, devotion is not a solitary quest, but rather a journey of relationship, which can open our hearts and minds to deeper levels of truth. Whether you are a student of a teacher or learning from life itself, the practice of dev...

Tuesday Night Teachings: Transforming Self, Transforming SocietyTuesday Night Teachings: Transforming Self, Transforming Society
Being a Bodhisattva in the Modern World
with David Loy, Sensei Josh Bartok, Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, May 5  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

The Mahayana path encourages us to transform the self as a path to transforming society. While the archetype of the bodhisattva has been an inspiration for generations of an engaged, compassionate activist in the world, the practice of meditation requires a commitment to examining the inner life, a slowing down and s...

Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Meditation and Experience: An evening of practice and dialogue
with Lama Willa Miller, Brendan Kennedy
Tuesday, May 12  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

As soon as we commit to a meditation practice, we inevitably become more deeply aware of the richness of our human mind and heart. As we practice sitting with ourselves, a variety of experiences unfold, some joyful and others challenging, some puzzling and others illuminating. In this evening teaching and dialogue Yo...

Sangha Practice DaySangha Practice Day
with Lama Willa Miller, Lama Samten Drolma
Saturday, May 16  6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

All contemplative traditions welcome! Enjoy a relaxing day-long retreat or stay for the weekend. Deepen your solo practice, participate in the Natural Dharma Fellowship Lineage Practices, explore the natural beauty of the seasons of Wonderwell and connect to opportunities for guidance from the teachers in residence.

Dharma SundayDharma Sunday
One Taste: Discovering Stability in Diverse Experiences
with Lama Willa Miller
Sunday, May 17  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Visit the refuge for a Natural Dharma Fellowship morning of meditation, contemplation, and a community potluck.

NDF Meditation Teachers RetreatNDF Meditation Teachers Retreat
with Lama Willa Miller
Friday, May 22  5:00 pm - Monday, May 25, 2015 1:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Annual retreat for NDF Meditation Teachers and Mitras.

Embodied CompassionEmbodied Compassion
Buddhist Practices for Awakening the Heart
with Lama Willa Miller, Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan
Friday, June 19  - Monday, June 22, 2015
Kripalu Yoga and Retreat Center

Learn to access the compassion that lives below the surface of your thoughts and feelings. This inherent compassion is a source of strength and resilience, with the possibility to heal, restore, and even free you from suffering. Real compassion is not a state of the heart that drains you of energy. It is energizing r...

Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
Equal Taste
with Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, August 4  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

The Yoga of Equal Taste teaches that, while life seems to be a series of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, highs and lows, there is a thread of deep continuity running through it. In other words, joy and sorrow, rather than being entirely different, have an element of equal taste. To find that place of equal taste is ...

Tuesday Night TeachingsTuesday Night Teachings
with Lama Willa Miller
Tuesday, September 8  7:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting House

A wise teacher once said, "What is the secret to meditation? That’s easy—don’t meditate.” When we sit down to meditate, we arrive on our our cushion with an agenda, an idea of what we going to achieve and accomplish, as well as fears about what we might not achieve and accomplish. This attitude is not restric...

The Nature of Mind in BuddhismThe Nature of Mind in Buddhism
with Trungram Rinpoche, Lama John Makransky, Lama Willa Miller
Friday, September 18  5:00 pm - Sunday, September 20, 2015 2:00 pm
Wonderwell Mountain Refuge

Details to follow.

The Jewel of AwarenessThe Jewel of Awareness
with Lama Willa Miller
Saturday, November 28  - Monday, November 30, 2015
Barre Center For Buddhist Studies

The teachings of the Buddha offer a vision of deep peace and freedom from suffering as a real possibility in this life. With this attractive promise, many of embark on the path of meditation with an attitude of striving and searching. As we strive and search for peace, we often bring to the path the same thirst and ...