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Healthy & Happy Teachers Change The World: Meditation Practices for Yourself, the Classroom, and the World

Session 4
Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, Grace O'Keeffe — KTD, NYCDOE, Breathe for Change

Through experiences, short trainings, resources, and community building we will support educators to bring meditation (mindfulness to community building to applied ethics and more!) into their own lives so they may be happy, healthy, and free.

Meditation is the pure energy of being aware and awake in the present moment. Through practice, we all become more aware of ourselves. From this understanding and awareness, we can see others more clearly and have compassion for ourselves and others.

We believe that these practices are not just for those who currently have access, and this conversation is designed to share these practices with colleagues and students in their school communities. With mindfulness teachers and students can learn how to take care of difficult emotions and create conditions for a happy school and a happy world.

Khenpo Karma Tenkyong is a resident teacher at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Woodstock, NY, since 2014. Khenpo Tenkyong actively supports and educates teachers both personally and in their teaching practice. A native of Nepal, Khenpo Tenkyong became a monk at a young age and later undertook an eleven-year course of Buddhist studies at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute at Rumtek Monastery, earning a Shastri (B.A.), Acharya (M.A.) and Master’s Degree in Buddha’s Teaching in the Sutra Tradition. He was awarded the title of Khenpo by the 17th Karmapa, who also gave him the name Tenkyong. He worked for more than eleven years at the Karmapa’s Office of Administration in Dharamsala, India.

Grace O'Keeffe is a public NYC high school educator, certified yoga teacher, and Breathe for Change Yoga Training Meditation Trainer. Grace has been studying meditation for over 25 years.

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Our conversation will be flexible, accessible, and holistic. Participants will engage in meditation practices, reflect on their mindfulness practices, and develop their own toolset for their practice and life.

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