Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
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Venerable Losang Samten at Lake Tahoe Aug 18-24

Posted on August 4, 2016
Filed Under North Tahoe Events, South Tahoe Events

Venerable Losang Samten, Tibetan scholar, spiritual teacher, and artist will share teachings of loving-kindness, joy, compassion, and the path to enlightenment throughout Tahoe August 18-24, 2016.

Classes often include a talk, guided meditation, and discussion.

Thursday, August 18 6:30 to 8:30 pm Full Moon

Dorje Namjum Purification Ceremony

An ancient Tibetan ceremony of healing and purification through prayer, meditation and visualization. Suggested donation: $15

Location: Arnett Home: 9045 Manzanita Drive, Rubicon Bay, CA 96142

Contact:   Dave and Jan Arnett (530) 525-1900

Friday, August 19 3:30 to 5 pm Insight into Emptiness Losang Samten will lead us through an examination of the two truths (relative and ultimate), emptiness and the sequence on the selflessness of persons and of phenomena. Such contemplation may strengthen Bodhicitta, the intention to awaken and be of benefit to all beings. Suggested donation: $15

Location:  For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

Pre-registration recommended. To pre-register call (530) 550-8981 or email

Friday, August 19 6:30 to 8 pm Meditation on the Nature of Mind

A correct understanding of the mind’s nature is the key to success in meditation and to the profound insights at the heart of the Buddha’s path. “We all have the same human mind – each and every one of us has the same potential. Our surroundings and so forth are important, but the nature of mind itself is more important… To live a happy and joyful life, we must take care of our minds.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama     Suggested Donation: $15

Location:  For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

Preregistration required. To pre-register call (530) 550-8981 or email:

Tuesday, August 23 6:30 to 8 pm Padmasambhava Practice and Guided Meditation   Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century A.D. He is regarded as the founder of the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava’s guru yoga is one of the essential practices in the Nyingma tradition offering great blessings. Suggested donation: $15

Location:  Dolan Residence, 1445 Chinquapin Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150

Contact:  Carolyn Dolan (530) 613-0335

Wednesday, August 24 6:30 to 8pm   Shamatha or Mindfullness Meditation   The practice of calming the mind through single pointed meditation to enhance the development of mindfulness and mental alertness.

Location:  Porten Residence, 735 Dee Court, Incline Village, NV  89451   Suggested Donation:  $15

Contact:   Steve and Nancy Porten (775) 250-1332


Venerable Losang Samte

The Venerable Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar and a former Buddhist monk, was born in Chung Ribuce, of central Tibet. In 1959, he and his family fled to Nepal and later moved to Dharamsala, India. His education includes studies at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and the Namgyal Monastery which is the monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama. In 1985, he earned a Master’s Degree in Buddhist Philosophy, Sutra, and Tantra, from the Namgyal Monastery, which is equivalent to a Ph.D.

In 1994, Losang received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Art from the Maine College of Art in 1995. He taught Tibetan Language at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1994 – 1997 and was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. In 2004, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

In 1988, Samten came to the US as instructed by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, to demonstrate the meditative art of sand painting. This was the first time a Tibetan mandala was shown in the west. Since then, he has created sand mandalas at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, Chicago Field Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of University of Pennsylvania, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, Trinity College of Hartford, Connecticut, among numerous others (see list below). He has served as the religious technical advisor and sand mandala supervisor as well as actor for Martin Scorsese’s film Kundun.

Losang Samten is spiritual director of Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia; Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Middletown, Connecticut; Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso,Texas, and a frequent visitor, teacher in Chico and Lake Tahoe (where he has created numerous sand mandalas and participated in the Tibetan Cultural Festival). He travels extensively, sharing his knowledge of Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and his skill in the Tibetan ritual arts. His ability to incorporate the qualities of practicing loving kindness, patience, and understanding with those he meets has touched the hearts of many.

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