Program Details

Tonglen Intensive


with Jennifer Woodhull
March 9 / 9:45 AM - March 9 / 4:00 PM

It’s said that the Buddha was moved to teach when he realised how profoundly we long for happiness—and how, in our pursuit of that goal, we habitually create further suffering.


Tonglen is a radical, embodied meditation technique that reverses this doomed logic. In a very real sense, tonglen helps us release fear and open our hearts. It’s an especially powerful way to transform painful emotions into genuine compassion for ourselves and others.

Please join us for an all-day tonglen workshop in Cape Town on March 9. The training will include talks, practice, discussion, and instruction in both mindfulness and tonglen meditation. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to benefit from this potent practice: both beginning and veteran meditators of any tradition are welcome,.


When: Sunday March 9, 2014, 9:45 for 10 am – 4 pm.
Where: 1 Norton Dingle Drive, Constantia Heights
What to bring: A lunch for yourself—we'll eat together over the midday break.
Cost: R450


Teacher: Jennifer Woodhull is a shastri (senior teacher) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and a close student of American nun and author Pema Chödrön, a leading Western teacher of tonglen. Jennifer has studied and practised Buddhism for 30 years, and has taught in the United States and South Africa. She has a special interest in the Tibetan Buddhist teachings that clarify how to find wisdom in the heart of our most distressing human experiences.

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