What we're about

Diamond Light is a heart-centered community offering Buddhist teachings in the Gelugpa tradition.

We will provide all beings the opportunity to be happy and experience awakening in this life, through offering the teachings and practices of the Buddha as presented in the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition. The awakening of Wisdom and Compassion for the benefit of all living beings, is at the heart of our practice. We offer Dharma classes, meditation, workshops, yoga, guest speakers, spiritual community, and retreats for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds. Our mission will be complete when every living being is peaceful, happy, safe and free. The Highest Calling, as the venerable Gandhi said, is service to others.

We meet weekly at the Sierra 2 Center: 2791 24th Street, Room 14, Sacramento, CA 95818

Diamond Light Tibetan Buddhist Group Website (https://www.diamondlightsac.org/)

Upcoming events (5)

Online: Grounding and Connection with Sunil Joseph

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Since PD (Physical Distancing), I find it nourishing to pause, ground and connect with others online. The sense of dropping in with ourselves, others and feeling our shared humanity can feel soothing and restorative. I would like to think we are engaging our Social Nervous System through these practices. http://www.boazfeldman.com/EN/Links_files/PORGES%20Polyvagal_Theory.pdf In the first hour of this event, I will be offering a 30 - 45 minute guided meditation for grounding and arriving in the present. I am in a Mindfulness Meditation teacher training program with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield. I will be sharing primarily from that stream. We will have some time after the meditation to hear from each other. In the second hour of the event, I will offer a 30-minute session on connecting with our feelings and needs based on Marshall Rosenberg's NVC process. It is a chance to connect with our hearts to find what would really nourish us right now. We will use these documents for the NVC exercise. https://www.cnvc.org/training/resource/feelings-inventory https://www.cnvc.org/training/resource/needs-inventory I will be closing the Zoom room 5 minutes after the event starts to avoid disruptions to the group. Feel free to drop after the meditation. If something I offer does not work for you, you are encouraged to adapt/modify it to fit what you need. Thank you for being a part of this experiment! If you can make a donation ($5 - $20) with ease and joy, please contribute to my favorite sangha - https://www.diamondlightsac.org/donate/ They are a volunteer-run sangha with a big heart.

Online: Dharma Class Review Group

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Whether or not you are attending the Tuesday night dharma classes, this review group provides a space to connect with others and discuss the teachings. This is an opportunity to join your fellow dharma students in a review of Geshe Tsultrim's class the previous Tuesday. Deepen your understanding of the Lam Rim topics by exploring the ideas presented, and participating in discussion with your dharma friends. All are welcome. Sundays, 10:00am-11:30am Click the link to join our virtual classroom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2247358115 Suggested donation: $10-$20 per class, no one turned away for lack of funds: www.diamondlightsac.org/donate or search for "Diamond Light" on Venmo or www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=NMYP6MK36UBCS The discussion will be led by David Drabble, a long time meditator and Buddhist practitioner. David leads our Monday night class on Community Meditation in the Tibetan Tradition.

Online: Community Meditation in the Tibetan Tradition

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Evidence shows that even 5 minutes of meditation a day can go a long way to reduce stress, increase happiness, and sharpen focus. Sometimes it seems just getting to the cushion is the biggest obstacle! Enjoy community, support and inspiration. Join long time meditator and Tibetan Buddhist practitioner David Drabble as he shows us what it takes to set up and keep a daily practice! Each class will have instruction, discussion and meditation. Drop-ins encouraged! Mondays 6:30pm-7:30pm Click the link to join our virtual classroom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2247358115 suggested donation: $10-$20 per class, no one turned away for lack of funds www.diamondlightsac.org

Eight Verses For Training The Mind with Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim

Eight Verses for Training the Mind offer essential practices for cultivating the awakening mind of compassion, wisdom, and love. This eight-verse lojong enshrines the very heart of Dharma, revealing the true essence of the Mahayana path to liberation. Join Geshe Tsultrim as he guides us through the eight verses and explains why these ancient practices are so critical for dealing with the challenges we are facing today. English Translation document for this class: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_QbVf9Ed05p9s2pZ79ibmC-HSDMH6ZSR/view?usp=sharing Tuesdays September 22-October 13 6:30pm-8:30pm Click on the Zoom link to join: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/2247358115 Cost: Suggested donation of $10-$20 to cover the cost of the class and support the teacher. www.diamondlightsac.org/donate "Diamond Light" on Venmo or www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=NMYP6MK36UBCS No one turned away for lack of funds. For more info: www.diamondlightsac.org Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim is part of the Gaden Shartse Monastery in south India. “Geshe” is a degree that is earned after several years of intensive study and passing the highest-level exams. It is the monastic equivalent of a western “Ph.D.” degree. Having successfully passed these exams, Geshe Tsultrim is an expert on Buddhist philosophy. He is also a skilled artist, specializing in traditional Tibetan art. Geshe Tsultrim has been teaching in the United States since 2001.

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