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Meditation + Guest Speaker : Online with TOD NIELSEN on Buddhist Arts (part 1 of 2)

July 31, 2022 @ 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm CDT

Buddhist Arts - the Eight Great Events


On Sunday July 31st, Mr. Tod Nielsen will join us live, to present the first part of a Special Two-Part Guest Speaker Series:

“Buddhist Arts Presentations:
The Eight Great Events in the Life of the Buddha”

Mr. Nielsen is a member of the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center and has studied thangka painting under Tsherin Sherpa. He will walk us through the Eight Great Events in the Life of the Buddha, and how they are depicted in Buddhist arts from a range of cultures, styles, and mediums.  

PART 1 : 07/31/2022 (Sunday)

Covering the Four Greater of the Eight Great Events:

  • The Birth of Siddhartha;
  • The Enlightenment of Siddhartha;
  • The First Teaching of the Buddha (Turning the Wheel of the Dharma);
  • The Parinirvana (final Enlightenment / death) of the Buddha.

PART 2 : 10/30/2022 (Sunday)

Covering the Four Lesser of the Eight Great Events:

  • The Display of Miracles;
  • Taming the Wild Elephant Nalagiri;
  • The Descent from the Heaven of the 33 Gods;
  • Accepting the Offering of Honey from a Monkey.

SCHEDULE for BOTH DATES: (Online Only)

(Central Time)
3:15 PM:
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3:30 PM:Slow Seated Moving Meditation – to help settle our body & mind
3:40 PM:Seated Meditation 
~4:10 PM:Self-Massage
~4:15 PM:Presentation by Tod:
“Buddhist Arts Presentations: The Eight Great Events in the Life of the Buddha”
~5:30 PM:Adjourn




All are welcome, no prior knowledge of meditation or Buddhism required.

No cost to join, donations optional but appreciated to support dāna offering to the guest speaker.


We offer this event at no-cost so that financial burdens would not prevent anyone from attending. However, if you are able to donate, whether or not you are attending this special event, it will greatly help us to provide Dāna (alms) to our guest speaker.

To express our gratitude for Tod’s presentations, CBMG will be donating $100 to Blue Lotus Temple & Meditation Center (of which Tod is a member). We offered to give this dāna to Tod but he asked us to give it to Blue Lotus instead. Your donations will help us cover this offering. 

Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Thank you very much for your generosity!


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Tod Nielsen


Tod Nielsen has practiced Buddhism for over 35 years, and has been a member of the Blue Lotus Temple & Meditation Center in Woodstock, Illinois for the past 14 years.  
He previously lived in San Francisco and studied at the Tse Chen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center under Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, and volunteered at the Tsa-Tsa Studio where he studied thangka painting under Tsherin Sherpa and also cast tsa-tsas.


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