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Online Book Club – Vol 1: Approaching the Buddhist Path

Venerable Gyalten Chimé

August 30 - October 18, 2023


On Zoom
Every Wednesday for 8 weeks (Aug 30 to Oct 18)
6:30 – 8:00pm Pacific Time



This weekly online book gathering will feature facilitated conversation, discussion and meditation sessions with Buddhist monastic Venerable Chimé.  The text we will explore over the course of these 8 weekly Zoom gatherings is Wisdom Publications’ Approaching the Buddhist Path by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chödrön.

This recently published book is the first in an amazing series containing the traditional Buddhist Sanskrit tradition teachings, together with comparisons from the Buddhist Pali tradition, as well as rich parallels with modern psychology and science.
Although it is written in accessible language, Approaching the Buddhist Path succeeds in conveying the depth and nuance of the Buddhist traditions. This brilliant collaboration couples His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s ancient wisdom and modern awareness with the editing and framing skills of highly regarded, American nun and Abbess, Venerable Thubten Chodron. We invite you to dive in!
You may purchase a copy of the book online https://bookshop.org/books/approaching-the-buddhist-path-volume-1/9781614296980 or you may alternatively opt to purchase an electronic version online.
Please make sure to obtain your own copy of the book in your preferred format before the group starts.

About Course Fees 

The collected donation fees include the general operating costs to put on such programs.  Retreat registrations help support the center to keep everything operating, allowing us to invite so many precious teachers, and to hold this precious space of 70+ acres of secluded redwood forest to allow guests to have the quiet, contemplative space to continue spiritual growth.  


Financial Aid/ Scholarships

We want to make the Dharma available to everyone, so no one will be turned away from this wonderful online course.  Simply use the “Pay What You Can” option to sign up for free – offering your time and practice to make this book’s material valuable to to the world.  Addtionally, on registration you will find other options, if one would like to “Pay it Forward” to help sponsor others who may not be able to cover the usual operating costs for these programs.


Teacher’s Offerings

Traditionally, spiritual teachings are considered priceless.  Vajrapani will make an offering to the teacher at the end of the course, and we will share the teacher’s paypal too if others want to donate directly to the teacher.


Venerable Gyalten Chimé
Venerable Gyalten Chimé (Lisa DuPont, M.S.), is an American Buddhist monastic in the Tibetan, Gelug tradition with over 25 years of  experience in study and retreat in Tibetan Buddhism with numerous Tibetan Masters. Ven. Chimé also brings her many years of training & experience in psychology/neuroscience as a school psychologist and is a certified instructor of Emory University’s Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT).
Learn more about Venerable Gyalten Chimé