Course How to Meditate – Shiwa Lha – Centro de Estudos do Budismo Tibetano

Course How to Meditate


How to Meditate Course with the author of the best-selling book, “How to Meditate”, Kathleen McDonald (Ven. Sangye Khadro)



Basic meditation techniques. Learn the definition and purpose of meditation, how to sit properly, how to set up a meditation session, the different types of meditation techniques one may employ, and how to recognize and deal with obstacles to meditation.

What is meditation? The Tibetan word for meditation is gom, which means “to become familiar”. Thus, meditating is “making the mind familiar with positive attitudes and states.” The real purpose of meditating in Buddhism is to gradually transform the mind, its negative and harmful aspects, and augment the positive and beneficial ones.

This course is intended for people with little or no knowledge of meditation and Buddhism. It is an introductory course for people who learn to meditate, but who avoid anything “religious”. For those who are already a practitioner, it is a great opportunity to get even deeper, practice and clarify your doubts with a western teacher who has been practicing for almost 50 years and has taught for 40 years. Will you lose it?

This course offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of how to practice meditation and its benefits. Students must learn the correct posture of meditation, how to prepare for a meditation session, what the differentiation of simple relaxation, the two major types of meditation, how to perform a range of meditation techniques, how to recognize and deal with obstacles during te meditaion and how to meditate on your own.


  • Why meditate?
  • What is meditation?
  • The posture
  • The importance of motivation and dedication
  • Different types of meditation: Analytical and Stabilizing.
  • How to choose the object of meditation
  • Difficulties with meditation: faults, antidotes and powers.
  • Establishing a daily practice.

About Venerable Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro)

Originally from California, Kathleen McDonald (Sangye Khadro) began studying Buddhism with Tibetan lamas in Dharamsala, India, in 1973. She became a nun in Nepal the following year, and received full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988.

Ven. Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including  Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok

While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Ven. Thubten Chodron.

At the request of her teachers, She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years.

She followed the Masters Program at  Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy from 2008 – 2013, and was resident teacher at the FPMT center in Denmark from 2016-2017.

Nowdays she lives in the Sravasti Abbey monastery, founded by Ven. Thubten Chodron and her longtime friend.

Ven. Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling, How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into thirteen languages.


The whole teachings will be in 2 days with 2 sessions a day in the afternoon:

June 26th and 27th (Saturday and Sunday)
2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm BRAZILIAN TIME (Shiwa Lha Host Center – Rio de Janeiro)
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Simultaneous translation into Portuguese

If you are not able to attend all of them, the teachings will be recorded and available for two months.

Of course to attend Ven Sangye Khadros´s teachings LIVE is much more powerful.

Interview with Ven Sangye Khadro

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Watch the video to know how it will be the weekend course Kathleen McDonald (Ven Sangye Khadro) .


Your donation is a practice of generosity so that the Shiwa Lha Center continues with the turning of the Wheel of Dharma. Your contribution helps in offerings to Ven. Sangye Khadro, interpreter, translations of material and maintenance and expenses of the Shiwa Lha Center.

We suggest a contribution of R$25 for the whole course.

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