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Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.: Reading Thangkas: Avaloketishavara and the Images of Compassion

Thankgas are paintings on fabric that often depict meditational deities or subjects. Popular throughout the Himalayas for centuries, they have provided a teaching and practice tool to help students deepen their understanding of a particular deity or subject. There are many images of Avaloketishavara or Chenrezig as they are known in Tibetan.

In this talk with the San Francisco Dharma Collective, Isa Gucciardi explores these images of compassion and the wisdom of the deities depicted therein.

Shamanic Journey Introduction with Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D.

In these challenging times, a strong connection to inner guidance is more important than ever. The Shamanic Journey is a method of accessing inner wisdom through a meditative state. The Shamanic Journey has provided a path for shamanic practitioners to establish relationships with the unseen powers of nature for millennia. We can adapt this method of going inward to gain insight about our current situation.

Video: Isa Gucciardi: Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows

We are lucky to be living in a time where we have so many erudite scholars to help guide the course of Buddhist thought. Principal among them are His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and his main English language interpreter and translator, Dr. Thupten Jinpa. Jinpa has recently written a book about perhaps one of the greatest scholars in Tibetan Buddhism, Je Tsongkhapa. Tsongkhapa lived in the late 1300s and inspired a renaissance in Tibetan Buddhist thought, founded the Great Prayer Festival and established the Gaden Shartse monastery.

In this talk with the San Francisco Dharma Collective, Isa Gucciardi explores Jinpa’s new book, Tsongkhapa: A Buddha in the Land of Snows, which so skillfully brings Tsongkhapa to life. The book offers a unique lens on Tsonkhapa’s relationship to Manjushri, the Buddha of wisdom, which is the focus of this talk and meditation.

Navigating Coronavirus Fears: Part 7

In this video series, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and Laura Chandler offer thoughts on how to maintain a steady course during the #coronavirus pandemic. In this segment, Laura and Isa talk about freaking out and cultivating trust. Also, Isa offers an inspiring story about a Tibetan monk.

Navigating Coronavirus Fears: Part 6

In this video series, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and Laura Chandler offer thoughts on how to maintain a steady course during the #coronavirus pandemic. In this segment, they talk about how people are adapting to the new normal of the virus and Isa offers a guided meditation for centering if fear arises. This segment features a special appearance by celebrity guest, Yam.

Navigating Coronavirus Fears: Part 5

In this video series, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and Laura Chandler offer thoughts on how to maintain a steady course during the #coronavirus pandemic. In this segment, they discuss the healing power of nature and several alternative therapies for these times. Please note, they are not medical doctors and encourage you to check with your healthcare professional when treating any illness.

Navigating Coronavirus Fears: Part 4

In this video series, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and Laura Chandler offer thoughts on how to maintain a steady course during the #coronavirus pandemic. In this segment, they discuss the fears that are arising during these times and how to deal with our own fear, the fear of others, and the concerns that arise when we are away from loved ones.

Navigating Coronavirus Fears: Part 3

In this video series, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and Laura Chandler offer thoughts on how to maintain a steady course during the #coronavirus pandemic. In this segment, they talk about how to create internal structures for stability, parenting during these times, and creating greater communication pathways. Isa also offers a short meditation on kindness.

Navigating Coronavirus Fears: Part 2

In this video series, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and Laura Chandler offer thoughts on how to maintain a steady course during the #coronavirus pandemic. In this segment, they talk about how to create structures when you are feeling destabilized, and they focus on some of the positives arising out of this time.

Navigating Coronavirus Fears: Part 1

In this video series, Isa Gucciardi, Ph.D. and Laura Chandler offer thoughts on how to maintain a steady course during the #coronavirus pandemic. In this segment, they talk about how to maintain patience, tolerance, and trust when the world around you panics.

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