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Ongoing Events at Kagyu Thubten Chöling

 

In light of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, to protect the well-being and safety of everyone, Palpung Thubten Chöling Monastery remains closed to the public.

 

Please note that the following classes and chanting events are now being offered remotely on Zoom.  If you would like to participate please email Lama Lhadrun.

 

Monday Evenings

7:30-8:30pm | Introduction to Buddhist Meditation
Teachings on foundational Buddhist thought along with basic meditation instructions taught by resident teachers who have graduated from the KTC three-year retreat program. Appropriate for beginners and for anyone who would like to refresh their understanding of meditation or just meditate with a group. No prerequisites or attendance requirement, join us any Monday. 

 

Tuesday Evenings

7:30-8:30pm | Study Group on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
Led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, we will explore in depth The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva; a classic text in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism that remains vividly applicable to life in the 21st-century West. It was written by Gyalse Ngulchu Togme Zangpo, a humble 14th-century monk, as a reminder to himself of his aspirations for traveling the path of a bodhisattva and using everything that happened to him as a basis for awakening. How can a 14th-century Tibetan text be relevant to the very different lives we lead now? Because we still face the same basic human situations Togme Zangpo did in his day, and have the same emotional reactions that keep us cycling in samsara. Thus, Togme Zangpo's advice remains as relevant today as when it was first composed.

We will be using two main books - Traveling the Path of Compassion by Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje and The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse - as well as a supplementary book - Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod.

All three books are recommended but not required for participation. There are no prerequisites and no attendance requirement. 

 

Wednesday Evenings

7:30-8:30pm |  Medicine Buddha Practice and The Verses that Saved Sakya from Sickness, led by Lama Norgyal
Please join us online as we chant this essential practice which can increase our healing powers so that we can help those in our lives who are struggling with illness and obstacles and also remove our own physical and mental suffering. An abbreviated version of the Chenrezig practice is inserted in the prayer which follows, known as the Verses that Saved Sakya from Sickness.

The liturgies are being screen shared and are translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

 

Thursday Evenings

7:30-8:30pm | Chenrezig Practice
Please join us online as we chant and meditate in order to realize our inborn great compassion.  Guru Vajradhara Tai Situ Rinpoche has said that, “Chenrezig is the embodiment of compassion, Bodhicitta. We reach Buddhahood intentionally, and the intention is Bodhicitta. That is what Chenrezig represents. The Chenrezig Sadhana is the most sacred and profound sadhana. By practicing it with awareness, you can attain Chenrezig’s enlightened body, speech, and mind.”

The liturgy is being screen shared. It is translated as well as written phonetically. You can chant along, or silently read the translation.

 

 

We are praying for everyone to be safe and healthy. Some of the practices being performed by resident monastics include the daily chanting of the Medicine Buddha sadhana and the weekly chanting of Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga). See description below. Butterlamp offerings (Tongchö) will continue as usual, so please feel free to send in your prayers. 

Saturday Mornings - Day subject to change - please check our Event Calendar

6:30am | Thousandfold Lamp Offering (Tong Chö)
A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.

10:00am | Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro)
Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

 

One Sunday/Month - please see our Special Events pages for the exact dates

10:00am-12 noon |  Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting

Lama Norgyal will be teaching on and leading the sangha in the chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar. Written by the great master Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, this text is a powerful supplication to invoke the blessings of the lama and the great masters of all four Tibetan Buddhist lineages.  A combination of profound meditation instruction and plain-spoken reminders about the way we can delude ourselves on the path, this melodiously sung devotional prayer is an inspiration for practitioners of all levels.

Click here to download English text of Calling the Lama from Afar.