Riga, Latvia September 2019

Ondy will make another visit to the Ganden Buddhist Meditation Centre in Riga, Latvia in September 2019:

  • Friday 27th September: evening talk
    Emotional Intelligence – the key to happiness
  • Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September: weekend course
    Compassionate Self-Care
  • Monday 30th September: evening talk
    What’s my motive? Developing the Art of Joyous Effort

Friday 27th September
19.00 – 21.00 Evening workshop:
Emotional Intelligence – the key to happiness

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”  – The Buddha

Through research and interventions, Emotional Intelligence has come to be recognised as more important than one’s IQ, in that it enables us to connect, communicate and develop priceless self- awareness skills that support us in our relationships with ourselves, and others. One might argue that having emotional intelligence is the key to happiness.

Emotional Intelligence was coined in 1990, as a form of social intelligence, by Peter Salovey, John D. Mayer and Daniel Goleman. It involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them, and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action. However, it was in fact The Buddha who first taught that emotions can poison our minds.

  • In this workshop, Ondy combines Buddhist and secular techniques to understand, work with, and ultimately transform destructive emotions into constructive ones.

Saturday & Sunday 28-29th September
10.00 – 16.00 both days
Compassionate Self-Care

During this weekend course we will consider how being kind and compassionate towards ourselves enables us to monitor and manage our own mental and emotional wellbeing. The impact of this naturally increases physical health and longevity, relationships with others and gives us skills to live our lives with awareness and wisdom.

  • Managing anxiety and stress
  • Developing emotional wellbeing
  • Supporting a healthy psychology for living life well
  • Reducing dependence on others and increasing self-esteem and confidence

Monday 30th September
19.00 – 21.00 Evening Workshop
What’s my motive? Developing the Art of Joyous Effort

Mindfulness alone can greatly enrich our life, but what if we combine it with wise long-term aspirations? Using analytical tools, self-reflection and group work, Ondy will look into the various ways of generating wise aspirations and wishes – something perpetually relevant in both the secular and Buddhist context

Ondy is well-known for her very relevant and practical attitude to practising Buddhism and Mindfulness. She has extensive experience working within many different kinds of organisations with a wide variety of people, both secular and Buddhist. You will always find her able to discuss any problematic issues, whether it’s in the home, at work or on the cushion! Come and enjoy her wisdom of experience and practice.