Faith: A Buddhist Perspective

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Faith: A Buddhist Perspective
with Sharon Salzberg and Elizabeth Namgyal Matthis
Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, April 27th, 2019 | 10:00am – 5:00pm


In contemporary culture, we often struggle with faith and may wonder if it is a necessary element for spiritual development. Please join Sharon Salzburg and Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel as we look deeply at how we may have experienced faith threaded with the disempowerment that comes from handing over agency to an authority figure, or associate it with dogma, fundamentalism, and being silenced. In this weekend program, we will explore a different sense of faith. We will discuss how it can connect us to a deeper place of strength within us and to a bigger picture of life. This type of faith increases confidence, openness, and our ability to recognize something outside of our immediate circumstances as describing who we are.

Sharon and Elizabeth would like to invite you to join them in an exploration of this lively and provocative topic which takes us right to the heart of the human condition. Each has written books dedicated to exploring faith because of how important it is to more deeply understand it. This topic will be offered as a Friday evening program as well as in a full Daylong practice on Saturday and will include discourses, discussion, and guided meditations. It is suitable for both new and experienced meditators. Please join us for one session or both as these two days can stand alone as complete experiences or build on each other for a rich weekend of practice and discussion. Join us as we unpack faith and its role in contemporary life and spirituality.

The registration fee includes teacher support. If you wish to give more in addition to the registration fee, the total (registration fees and additional contributions) will be shared between NYI and the teacher(s).


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Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching.

She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and Real Love.

Beloved for her for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour. For more information, visit

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel has studied and practiced the Buddhadharma for 35 years under the guidance of her teacher and husband Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. She is the retreat master of Samten Ling in Crestone, Colorado and has spent over six years in retreat. She holds a degree in anthropology and an M.A. in Buddhist Studies. She teaches throughout the U.S., Australia, and Europe. She is the author of The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom and The Logic of Faith: the Buddhist Path to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt.

Elizabeth is known for her use of inquiry as a means to reach a place of genuine practice and awakening. She asks audiences to engage in the practice of open questioning with her while she takes a fresh look at all the assumptions and beliefs we have about spirituality. In particular, Elizabeth is fascinated with the Buddha’s essential teachings on the natural principle of pratityasamutpada, dependent arising. Audiences repeatedly comment on how her approach has reinvigorated their meditation practice and the way they relate to their lives as a whole.