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Prayer Wheels, Peace Wheels & Compassionate Engagement

March 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Prayer Wheels (or Mani Wheels) have long been part of Buddhist traditions and have been especially popular in Tibet and throughout central Asia.  We’ll explore the meaning and symbolism of these sacred wheels and how prayer wheel building and practice are used for the cultivation of compassion.  We’ll explore how prayer wheels are used for healing, for developing bodhichitta, and for relating to the world around us in a sacred manner and blessing the elements of the natural world.  Traditional commentaries on the benefits of prayer wheels will be shared.
In addition to this discussion of traditional prayer wheels from the Indo-Tibetan tradition, I’ll also share some about a new effort at building “peace wheels” in Israel and other places.  These peace wheels include a traditional prayer wheel within them along with prayers from many different traditions focusing on our common aspirations for loving kindness, compassion and peace.  This interfaith effort is a new development in the tradition of the prayer wheel, aimed at peacefully bringing people together, healing past divisions and animosities by way of compassion and a shared encounter with the sacred in our own hearts and in the world.
SPEAKER:  Lorne Ladner
Dr. Lorne Ladner, Ph.D., (director@guhyasamaja.org) has served as director of The Guhyasamaja Center for over 12 years. Dr. Ladner is also a clinical psychologist in private practice Centreville, VA (www.lorneladner.com). He provides individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and assessments. Dr. Ladner also provides workshops and trainings on the psychology of positive emotions, the integration of meditation and psychotherapy, and on Buddhist psychology.

He is the author of a number of books and articles including The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering The Practice Of Happiness In The Meeting Of Buddhism And Psychology (HarperCollins, 2004). He also edited Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa’s book The Easy Path: Illuminating The First Panchen Lama’s Secret Instructions (Wisdom Publications, 2013).

Dr. Ladner began studying Buddhist meditation over 25 years ago. Over the years, he has studied Tibetan Buddhism closely with some of the greatest living Tibetan masters and with numerous leading Western scholars. He has been a student of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche for many years, and was also a close student of the late Kyabje Ribur Rinpoche. In recent years, he’s been studying closely with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa.

Dr. Ladner has also taught Buddhist meditation for a number of years at various meditation centers around the East Coast. He has taught workshops on using meditation in integration with psychotherapy — especially for evoking positive emotions such as compassion — at venues including Omega Institute, Tibet House, The New York Open Center, and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. He also teaches workshops on these subjects for clinicians.

In addition to his Ph.D. in psychology (from Pacifica Graduate Institute), Dr. Ladner has also earned a B.A. with high honors in Religious Studies (from Wesleyan University) and an M.A. in non-fiction writing (from the University of New Hampshire). Other books by him include Bridges of Compassion: Insights And Interventions In Developmental Disabilities, co-authored with Alex Campbell and published in 1999 by Jason Aronson, Inc., and The Wheel Of Great Compassion: The Practice Of The Prayer Wheel In Tibetan Buddhism, published by Wisdom Publications in 2000. He also produced a video on integrating mindfulness meditation with psychotherapy published in 2006 by the American Psychological Association Press, entitled Mindful Therapy.

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March 3
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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