A Drop from the Ocean of Mind & Mental Factors - Public Talk & Weekend Retreat










Ven. Fedor Stracke returns to New York City to address the sources of suffering: karma and the mental afflictions. These teachings will focus on identifying the mental afflictions and their antidotes. General features of mind and mental factors will be discussed, and then specifically which mental factors must be abandoned and which should be adopted and developed in order to attain enlightenment.

This retreat is part of Shantideva Meditation’s series of topics from FPMT’s Basic Program, designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for students committed to more in-depth study and practice. We are delighted to welcome back Ven. Fedor Stracke, who began the series last year with a retreat on the Heart Sutra. Join us for an exploration of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy in a supportive environment with a qualified teacher noted for his depth of knowledge and clarity of explanation.

The public talk on Friday night presents an overview of the topic. The Saturday and Sunday retreat is intensive as much ground is covered in a relatively short time; students are therefore requested to attend all sessions. Study materials will be provided.


Tibet House
22 West 15th Street, NYC 10011

Dates and Times:

Friday, February 1, from 7 – 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday, February 2-3, from 9 am – 6 pm

Suggested Donation:

Public Talk Only: $20

Retreat (including talk): $120 ($108 for Tibet House and Nalanda Institute members), which includes light refreshments and lunch both days, advanced reading list, and materials. Payment can be made at the door, but please register in advance by January 30. A few scholarships are available to volunteers who devote a minimum number of hours to assisting with the retreat.

Registration: To register, please click here.

About the Teacher: Ven. Fedor Stracke has been a Buddhist monk since 1988. For the past 25 years, he has been studying the Dharma with various masters, translating Tibetan texts, interpreting for his teachers, and teaching the Dharma at FPMT centers around the world.

He has received many teachings from masters in Kopan Monastery, Nalanda Monastery, and Sera Monastery. At Sera Monastery, he followed the Geshe Program for many years, and during his time in India, attended extensive teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

For the last six years, Ven. Stracke has been the resident teacher at Aryatara Institut in Munich, and also teaches the FPMT Basic Program for Western students at Kopan Monastery.

Presented by Shantideva Meditation Center

Shantideva Meditation Center is dedicated to cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within the New York City area community. We are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which is based on the Gelugpa tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche. For more information, please email Shantideva Meditation or visit our website!



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