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A.R.T. of Fulfillment: Module 1

Event Description

Learn effective exercises and practical techniques to enhance and enrich daily life through the three interconnected themes of Inner Happiness, Good Heart and Clear Mind


July 6 – July 9, 2017


All Levels

Silence Level


What is it?

We all need to learn how to deal effectively and skillfully with our states of minds and emotions in order to live peacefully within ourselves, our families, and our communities. We also need to develop confidence and resilience so we can actively benefit the world.

This course, the first of three modules, is part of the in-depth ART of Fulfillment program created by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom. The program is based on Lama Yeshe’s original vision for Universal Education and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vision of secular ethics compatible with modern science. Though rooted in Buddhist philosophy, the retreat will include material from psychology, current scientific research, and universal insights of the world’s philosophical, spiritual, and religious traditions.

Using lecture, discussion, meditation, and group activities, Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi and Don Handrick will lead us in exploring three fundamental themes: “Inner Happiness” based on ethical values; a “Good Heart” focused on cultivating an altruistic motivations; and the “Clear Mind” achieved through developing wisdom by training in attention and critical analysis.

  • Build confidence in making healthier choices handling change
  • Cultivate techniques to calm and focus your mind
  • Develop tools to learn how to work with your thoughts, emotions, feelings
  • Build more caring, positive relationships in the family, community and society
  • Enhance creativity and logical reasoning
Additional Information

If you are interested in serving as Course Liaison for this retreat, please apply here.

  • 6 July 2017 to 9 July 2017

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Teacher Bio


Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi

Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi became interested in meditation after reading Be Here Now and Autobiography of a Yogi in the early 1970s. For the next 20 years, she describes her spiritual path as meandering and haphazard that included several dead ends. In early 1991, she she bought a one-way ticket to India with the intention of meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In late 1991, she became co-director of Vajrapani Institute in California. In 1995, she began working at FPMT International Office, first as co-director and then later as center services coordinator. In early 2000, Venerable Tenzin began a long, solitary retreat that lasted 6½ years. She decided to become ordained in the third year of her long retreat and left retreat for a quick trip to India in 2004 for novice ordination with His Holiness. Since 2008, she has been teaching at various centers worldwide. Most recently, she was the resident teacher at Gendun Drugpa center in Canada and is now resident teacher at Vajrapani Institute

Don Handrick

Don Handrick is the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, NM, and he teaches at the Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, NM. Don also serves as a Buddhist teacher for Liberation Prison Project, which includes teaching Buddhism at a local prison in New Mexico. Don's study and practice of Buddhism began in 1993 when he read The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche. Over the next two years he practiced with Rigpa, Sogyal Rinpoche's organization, until he began attending classes with Venerable Robina Courtin at Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco.

At the beginning of 1998, Don left the Bay Area to attend the FPMT's Masters Program of Buddhist Studies in Sutra and Tantra, a full-time seven-year residential study program in Tuscany, Italy, taught by the incomparable scholar and kind Spiritual Friend, Geshe Jampa Gyatso. By 2004, he successfully completed all five subjects of the program and received an FPMT final certificate with high honors. Soon after, Don moved to Santa Fe and served as the Spiritual Program Coordinator for Thubten Norbu Ling, and in 2006 he was appointed Resident Teacher.

Option A is a slightly lower cost designed to allow as many people to attend as possible. Option B reflects the true cost of hosting visitors and is higher as a result. The accommodations are the same for both and you can choose whichever price suits your financial needs.

Fees (inclusive of accommodation, meals, retreat fees)
Option A Option B
Camping $276.00 $345.00
Main Dormitory $357.00 $465.00
Semi-Private Dormitory $387.00 $495.00
Private Room $537.00 $645.00
Private Room SHARE OPTION $330.00 $435.00
Cabin $642.00 $750.00
Cabin SHARE OPTION $345.00 $480.00
Level 1: One Student $105.00
Level 2: Two Students $210.00

10% Membership Discounts are applicable for Members.

Financial Aid is Available!

We want to make retreat available to everyone.  With this in mind, we will gladly work out a payment plan with you. If you need even more assistance, we offer several scholarships. Please note that the scholarship deadline is one month before retreat begins.

If you have additional questions after reviewing the guidelines for payment plans and/or scholarships, please email the Office at