Finding Peace in the Midst of Hardship: Converting Adversities into the Path with Karma Trinlay Rinpoche



10-12: Teaching about vows/bodhicitta
12-2: Lunch on your own
2-3:30: Teaching about vows/bodhicitta (continued)
3:30: Giving Refuge/Bodhisattva vows

10-12: Converting Adversities into the Path
12-2: Lunch on your own
2-3:30: Converting Adversities into the Path (continued)


About this retreat:

We must constantly connect with bodhicitta in our practice. Bodhicitta must be the compelling force. In his book, The Path to Awakening, Shamar Rinpoche urges us to always keep in mind, ‘I will never separate myself from the precious bodhicitta’. When we take the Bodhisattva vow, we commit to arousing this state of awakened heart/mind that is an innate quality, our true nature. We step onto the path of the bodhisattva and begin the training of our mind that will help us recognize and cultivate this quality.

Karma Trinlay Rinpoche returns to SLO to teach on the Refuge and Bodhisattva vows on Saturday 1 Jan and will offer Refuge and Bodhisattva vows in the afternoon*. On Sunday, Rinpoche will teach on converting adversities to the path. Karma Trinlay Rinpoche is especially skilled and compassionate in his ability to teach and guide us in how to effectively relate with whatever challenges we meet in life. If we can meet them with wisdom and compassion, we can dissipate them, we can truly transform them into causes for activating our innate enlightened qualities.

Pandemic allowing, 30 in-person attendees (must be fully vaccinated and free of cold/flu symptoms) will join Rinpoche at the White Heron Sangha Meditation Center. This hybrid program will also be available by Zoom. Zoom link will be sent to registrants a few days before the program. We are monitoring the pandemic. If the program must be all virtual, we will postpone Refuge and Bodhisattva vows.

* Vow recipients must meet requirements for in-person attendance and be fully vaccinated. It is customary to make an offering to the teacher giving the vows. Email questions to

Khaydroup Teaches the Samantabadhra Wishing Prayer (the Noble King of Prayers of Excellent Conduct)

Teacher Khaydroup Zangmo is teaching online on the practice and meaning of the Samantabadhra Wishing Prayer (also known as the Noble King of Prayers of Excellent Conduct) on the third Sunday of each month.

Links to online materials for these teachings:

The text of the prayer:

Khaydroup’s information document (updated monthly):

Soundcloud recording of the prayer:

Khaydroup’s Teachings on the Samantabadhra Wishing Prayer
10:30 AM – 12 PM, on the third Sunday of the month
10:00 AM, Group Meditation. We have a group sitting meditation before Khaydroup’s teaching from 10:00 to 10:20. All are welcome!
ZOOM link:
Use the same link to join the meditation and teaching. Available under the “Sunday Meditation and Discussion” heading on our local website (
Link to Khaydroup’s posted information about upcoming and past online classes is posted in her Google document.

The practice of the six pāramitās, or the six perfections, is the heart of the Mahāyāna path. The final  pāramitā, wisdom, can be divided into four components: aspiration, skillful means, power, and timeless wisdom. The Noble King of Prayers of Excellent Conduct is the heart of the pāramitā of aspiration.

Buddha Śākyamuni gave the teaching of the Samantabhadra Wishing Prayer to urge practitioners to treat the great Bodhisattva Samantabhadra as a role model to emulate so their wishes may be accomplished.

The text of the Samantabadhra Wishing Prayer can be downloaded from the Bodhi Path web site ( Khaydroup will be using the text of Shamar Rinpoche’s commentary, which is available at Amazon and from other sources.

Teaching and discussion series on Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva with Khenpo Tsering

Online Teachings and Discussion with Khenpo Tsering on the Way of the Bodhisattva

Links to online materials:

The source text “Discourses on Bodhicharyāvatāra” by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and chapter outlines prepared by Khenpo:

Video recordings of past teachings:

As with all of our recordings, please remember that all audio/video/discussion group exchanges are for course learning purposes only.  Similarly, the written materials are to support students in the course and should not be forwarded or used for other purposes.

Dharma Mitra (known as Khenpo Tsering by students around the globe) has returned to California and will teach The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva from beginning to end over the course of several months.

The Way of the Bodhisattva is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment and generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience. This text has been studied and practiced in an unbroken tradition for centuries. We are fortunate for the opportunity to study this classic text with an authentic Buddhist scholar like Khenpo.

Khenpo will teach via ZOOM on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, with the occasional 5th Sunday added. The link to join the ZOOM meeting is posted under the Sunday Meditation and Discussion heading on our center website and under the Sunday listings of our online calendar. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Dates: The second, fourth and occasional Sundays of the month. See our schedule for more details.
Time: We begin with opening wishing prayers and group meditation from 10 to 10:20 AM. All are welcome to join us. Khenpo will join us from 10:30-noon for teaching and discussion of this important text. Questions are encouraged and can be asked directly or entered into the chat box.

Donations: These teachings are open to everyone. Registration is not required. A suggested donation of $10 will help support the San Luis Obispo Bodhi Path Buddhist Center and we encourage additional offerings to support Khenpo. Donations can be made online via PayPal. Please indicate in the “NOTES” section of the PayPal payment page how much of your offering is allotted for Khenpo.

About the Teacher: Dharma Mitra received his education from several Buddhist masters and scholars. Some of his close teachers were, and are, Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, Professor Sempa Dorje and Khenpo Chodrak Tenphel Rinpoche. Dharma Mitra was blessed with the title of Khenpo by both Karmapa and Shamar Rinpoche at the Karmapa International Buddhist Institute (KIBI). Shamar Rinpoche then sent him to Kalimpong along with his other Khenpo friends to teach at the newly inaugurated Shri Diwakar Vihara, Buddhist Institute for Higher Studies. He was given the responsibility of headmaster of that institute. In 2006, Shamar Rinpoche brought him to the US to teach at the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers in America. Since that time, he has been one of the main teachers at KIBI as well as at the Bodhi Path centers in the Americas. In 2007, he was given the main responsibility to arrange the study courses at KIBI. Dharma Mitra is known as Khenpo Tsering among his many close students, and he resides in San Luis Obispo, CA when he is in the US.

SLO Bodhi Path Online Meetings

Sunday Meditation, Teachings and Discussion
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Click here to join

Information and links to downloadable material for our current classes:

The Way of the Bodhisattva with Dharma Mitra (Khenpo Tsering)

The Samantabadhra Wishing Prayer with Khaydroup Zangmo 

Monthly Sunday Schedule
(all meetings start at 10AM (PT)
1st Sunday Sangha-led meditation & discussion
2nd, 4th & 5th Sundays Khenpo – The Way of the Bodhisattva
3rd Sundays Khaydroup – Samantabadhra Prayer

Remember that joining online meetings and teachings is like entering a virtual shrine room. Please conduct yourself accordingly and read our Tips for Online Meetings for help with observing proper etiquette.

Online Resources

Live online practice and teachings:

5:00 PM PT – Daily Meditation and Practice with Lama Jampa from the Menlo Park Bodhi Path Center at 5 PM (Pacific Time). Meditations include Chenrezig sadhana and Samantabhadra prayer. Click here to join on ZOOM. You will also need to email to get the password.

Wednesdays, 4 to 4:30 PM PT – Teacher Khaydroup Zangmo leads Chenrezig practice. Zoom connection information is available on the Bodhi Path New York City calendar and Bodhi Path Martha’s Vineyard calendar. The group will be practicing the “Chenrezig Sadhana and Commentary” in English with musical accompaniment.

Recorded videos:

The Karmapa: – Information, guidance and teachings from Thaye Dorje, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa and head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jigme Rinpoche – from Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France. Lama Jigme Rinpoche will share a weekly teaching [in English] so that each of us may receive useful practice instructions wherever we may be. From April 26 to June 28, Rinpoche will give a teaching each Sunday morning from 10 to 11:30 am (Paris time), available through Dhagpo’s Youtube channel. If you’re not available at 1 AM Pacific Time, you can watch recordings of these teachings on Dhagpo’s YouTube channel.

Dharma Teacher Tsony – Brief video teachings on current events:

Lama Jampa Thaye: Lots of video teachings on Buddhism and the Dharma on his YouTube channel –

Updated on August 27, 2020