Wednesday Open Night Talks at IDP - The Four Thoughts: Turning the Mind towards Responsible Consumption with Ven. Tsering Phuntsok


The Interdependence Project NYC
302 Bowery 3rd Floor, Middle Buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States
Phone: 917-675-7151


Wed, 4/25/2012, 7:30pm - 9:00pm




The traditional Buddhist teaching of the Four Minds is used to create awareness of the preciousness of human life, the truth of impermanence, the law of cause and effect, and the nature of suffering as we move about our lives.   When contemplated along-side our consumption habits, the Four Minds help create a contrast between actions that promote general health and well-being, and actions that are harmful to our own health and that of our planet.

Join special guest Venerable Tsering Phuntsok at the Interdependence Project for meditation practice, lecture and discussion that investigates this connection between our worldview and our actions as active participants in global culture.  Venerable Tsering's background as both a Buddhist monk and householder in Dharamsala, India gives him a unique perspective on mindful livelihood in the 21st century.


About Ven. Tsering Phuntsok

Since entering the Palyulchoekhorling Nyingmapa monastery in Bir, India, in 1987 at age 16, Venerable Tsering Phuntsok has been a practicing Buddhist monk. For the first 17 years he studied and practiced in the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, receiving training in meditation, Buddhist scripture and philosophy, tantric ritual, lama dancing and music. For several years he trained young monks in ritual and academic subjects. He has received many tantric empowerments and sutra teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and many other High Lamas, including H.H. Penor Rinpoche. In the last several years he has worked on health related projects for his monastery as well as overseeing his nieces and nephews.

He currently makes his residence in Dharamsala, India in the foothills of the Himalayas; his home is less than a minute walk from the Temple and residence of the H. H. Dalai Lama. Currently, he facilitates cultural exchange programs between the Tibetan community and US university students who come to Dharamsala to volunteer with LHA, a local social work agency devoted to improving the lives of Tibetan refugees and local Indians.

His projects focus on many health issues including, being personally committed to providing solar panels and hot water for young monastic students, water purification efforts, mold remediation to help with respiratory conditions like TB, and providing razor blades for monks to help promote safe shaving and control the spread of disease in his monastery.



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$10 for IDP Sustaining Members
$5 for IDP Endowing Members

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Organized as a part of IDP's Responsible Consumption Month (More info about Responsible Consumption Month 2012 available here.)


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