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Special Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

In addition to special events, Kagyu Thubten Chöling also hosts an ongoing program of classes and events.

Teachings from Mind Training: Taking Adversity onto the Path

April 30, 2017 (Sunday)

 

Lama Phuntsok

In this daylong seminar called “Taking Adversity onto the Path,” Lama Phuntsok will give advice and instruction from the Mind Training teachings on how to transform difficult circumstances into the causes for liberation.  Mind Training, or Lojong, is the quintessential teaching on the path of the awakened heart of great compassion, combining recognition of the ultimate nature of mind and the world with detailed practical advice on how to bring every aspect of our everyday lives onto the path. 


Lama Karma Phuntsok was born in Sikkim, India, in 1970.  When he was nine years old he entered Sherab Ling Monastery under the direction of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa, and received the teachings and empowerments of the entire Kagyu tradition.  He entered a three-year retreat in 1989, along with Mingyur Rinpoche, and was later recognized by Situ Rinpoche for his special talent in art and calligraphy.  After completing his monastic training, Lama Phuntsok was sent to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and San Francisco to assist with dharma activities, eventually coming to Gampo Abbey in Canada to assist with the three-year retreat and monastic rituals and practices.  He was later sent to the Toronto area to establish Palpung Yeshe Chokor, a dharma center under the direction of Situ Rinpoche, and is currently one of two resident lamas serving the community there.  At the request of Situ Rinpoche, Lama Phuntsok was recently sent to KTC to assist with the three-year retreat, and will also be offering programs to the general public.

 

10:00am & 1:30pm | Taking Adversity onto the Path

 

Seminar fees per session: $25 Non-members | $20 Members
Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

Reservations  are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC below for details.  Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

 

Settling the Mind - the Practice of Calm Abiding

May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18, 2017 (Sundays)

 

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Please join us for a series of guided meditation sessions led by graduates of the three year retreat program.  The sessions will be held in the main shrine room of the new Maitreya Center.  There will be two sessions each day and you are welcome to join one or both.  Each session will begin with meditation instruction, include both sitting and walking meditation and end with time for questions about the practice.


 

 

Session times: 10:00am & 1:30pm


May 7 – Lama Karma
May 21 – Lama Yeshe Rabsal
June 4 – Lama Dronkar
June 18 – Lama Lhadrun

 


There is no charge for the sessions but donations are welcome.

 

Reservations  are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC below for details.  Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

 

The Precious Human Existence

May 13, 2017 (Saturday)

LamaPhuntsokTeaching resizedLama Phuntsok will be teaching on the Precious Human Existence, and how its opportunities and benefits offer a unique opportunity for liberation.  Based on traditional sources and his own extensive study and practice experience, Lama Phuntsok will lead contemplations that connect practitioners with the innate purity and potential of human existence.  He will also teach on how this potential can be ignored, distorted and lost.  Through these contemplations and meditations, we can familiarize ourselves with the true meaning of human life, which is the natural basis for joyful diligence on the spiritual path.  

Lama Karma Phuntsok was born in Sikkim, India, in 1970.  When he was nine years old he entered Sherab Ling Monastery under the direction of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa, and received the teachings and empowerments of the entire Kagyu tradition.  He entered a three-year retreat in 1989, along with Mingyur Rinpoche, and was later recognized by Situ Rinpoche for his special talent in art and calligraphy.  After completing his monastic training, Lama Phuntsok was sent to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and San Francisco to assist with dharma activities, eventually coming to Gampo Abbey in Canada to assist with the three-year retreat and monastic rituals and practices.  He was later sent to the Toronto area to establish Palpung Yeshe Chokor, a dharma center under the direction of Situ Rinpoche, and is currently one of two resident lamas serving the community there.  At the request of Situ Rinpoche, Lama Phuntsok was recently sent to KTC to assist with the three-year retreat, and will also be offering programs to the general public.

 

2:00pm | Teaching on the Precious Human Existence

Fee: $25 Non-members | $20 Members
Fees do not include charges for meals or accommodations.  Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

Reservations  are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations.  Please see General Information about Events at KTC below for details.  Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

 

Commemoration of Mother's Day

May 14, 2016 (Sunday)

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MedicineBuddhaThe sangha of Kagyu Thubten Chöling invites you to join us in honoring all mothers (past, present, and future!) through chanting the short practice of Green Tara, who is often referred to as “The Mother of Liberation.”  To pray for our mothers' good health, we will follow with the chanting of Medicine Buddha. The merit accumulated through participating in these inspiring practices will be dedicated to the countless beings who have been our mothers since beginningless time.

The chanting texts will be available with English and Chinese transliteration and translation -- so everyone can participate.

 

1:30 pm | Chanting of Green Tara and Medicine Buddha

There is no charge for attending the chanting but advance reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Please see General Information about Events at KTC below for details. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.