Previous Programs

How Compassion Can Transform Our Lives with Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D.

Join us for an evening with Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., author and translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He will share personal experiences and discuss the practice of compassion, the key to greater well-being.

When: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 6:30pm
Where: St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, 1801 W. Brooks St., Norman

Book signing and reception to follow his presentation.

A Retreat with John Bruna

Compassion: Skillful Means in Difficult Times

When: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9am-5pm
Cost: By Donation
To register call Marial Martyn at 405-201-9991
Join John in Norman for a day retreat focusing on the skillful use of compassion to build resiliency in difficult times. The retreat will include teachings, discussion, and meditation time. There will be a break for lunch (on your own) and breaks with tea, coffee, and light snacks. Please feel free to bring some snacks to share as well. 

Previous Programs

Native American Stories, as told by Crosslin Smith

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Imagine past generations of wise Native Americans reaching forward to influence our future.  That is what’s happening with Norman Cultural Connection’s work with Crosslin Smith, well known Cherokee elder, practitioner, leader, and member of the traditional Keetoowah Society.  

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Tibetan Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery


In 2017,  Geshe Chophel, the spiritual leader of the 2014 Compassion Tour returned to Norman to become a resident teacher. He brought Venerable Padma (Jampa) Dimdul and Venerable Venerable Padma (Jampa) Dimdul with him.

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