Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition” – the Sacred Gaden Dakini Chod
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Chod Guild – “The Practice of Mahamudra of Chod in the Gelugpa Tradition” -  the Sacred Gaden Dakini Chod

Gaden Dakini Chod practice – for initiates of this sacred lineage.

For questions or more information, please contact Matthew & Cristina:


Lamrim – The Stages of the Path class – Fall 2018
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The best way to make the most of this life of leisure is to receive experiential instruction on all the stages of the path from the way to rely on a spiritual teacher up to calm abiding and special insight, and then to practice them each day…causing transformational experience of the stages of the path to arise.” The First Panchen Lama

Lamrim translates as “stages of the path” or “graduated path” and is a detailed and practical presentation of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings for the sincere practitioner. There are many different versions of Lamrim taught in the various lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. All are based on Atisa’s 11th century root text “A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment”. In this course, we will follow Je Tsongkhapa’s outline of the Lamrim from the “Lamrim Chenmo: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” and Pabongka Rinpoche’s commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s text, titled “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand”. The classes will be led by student teachers Dan D’Agostino and Cristina Sanchez, and will involve guided meditations, teachings on the relevant topics, as well as time for discussion and questions. While the course is open-ended and people are welcome to attend at any time, it would be most beneficial for participants to attend the majority, if not all, of the classes as the topics build on one another

Now Monday nights – weekly, from 7pm-8:30pm

6 Weeks of Restorative Yoga with Cristina at GC, starting this Tuesday evening
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Explore the Healing Benefits of Restorative Yoga with Cristina;

Tuesdays 6-7:15 PM;

6 Weeks: March 19th – April 23rd


A deeply nourishing experience. Props and gentle movements are utilized to restore, relax and heal the body by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. This class is suitable for any and all levels of experience. All you need to bring is a yoga mat and comfortable clothing.

Cristina’s Bio:

Cristina Sanchez has possessed a deep interest in spirituality from the time she was a small child. At first seeking answers in Western science, she completed a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Toronto which led to a busy 13 year career as a college professor in Vancouver BC. For many years she carved out the time in her personal life to pursue a deep commitment to the Buddhist Path of meditation beginning her studies at a traditional Tibetan temple in Toronto in 1996. Cristina studied with many renown Tibetan Lamas, including H.H. 14th Dalai Lama, completed numerous deep retreats, spent her vacations on pilgrimage in Asia, helped run Temples in Toronto and Vancouver where she taught weekly classes and ever maintained a daily practice of meditation and study. Cristina also studied extensively in a female lineage of Taoist Healing practices. Her yoga journey began in 2001 which brought her to several traditions such as Sivanada, Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga: Cristina spending many years deepening her practice in this last school, studying with classical Iyengar teachers. A grave healing crisis in 2013 forced Cristina to leave her job as a professor and to convalesce and turn inward. This difficult period became both a rebirth and affirmation for Cristina with her deciding to become a committed full time yoga instructor and teacher of traditional spiritual arts. Cristina has recently completed her 500+ hour yoga teacher training at Octopus Garden.

“As a long time meditator and yoga practitioner, I have seen first hand the deep transformative and healing power of a committed, long-term practice. I believe it is everyone’s birthright to discover the joy and freedom that lies within themselves. I have made it my life’s work to facilitate and to serve others in this, their personal journey, their own spiritual alchemy.”