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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.

Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting

October 18, 2020 (Sunday)  

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

This class is being offered remotely on Zoom.  Please note: The zoom link for all the monastery zoom sessions has been updated as of 9-20-20. If you would like to participate please email Lama Lhadrun for this information.


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.

  

10:00 am | Teaching on Calling the Lama from Afar
11:00 am | Chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar

 

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

 

Discussion About 'Inner Peace', a Teaching by Guru Vajradhara Tai Situpa Rinpoche, Led by Lama Chodron and Lama Lhadrun

October 25, 2020 (Sunday)

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.

 

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We invite you to participate in an online interactive discussion on this teaching given by Guru Vajradhara Tai Situpa Rinpoche. Before the session please view the video titled 'Inner Peace' and prepare questions and/or comments to share with the group. We look forward to having an engaging discussion!

This session is being offered remotely on Zoom. If you would like to participate please email Lama Lhadrun.

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Discussion about 'Inner Peace'

 

The Perfection of Merit for Lhabap Duchen

November 4 - 8, 2020 (Wednesday - Sunday)   

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

1000armChenrezigResizedButterlampsCloseUp enhancedBuddhahood is the state in which one spontaneously and effortlessly benefits oneself and all beings without exception. In order to attain this state, we must perfect the accumulations of merit and wisdom. Through the perfection of the two accumulations, we purify our notions of self and other and realize the true nature of mind.

The resident sangha of PTC will be practicing 2 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). The fasting day of the second set falls on November 7, the auspicious occasion of Lhabap Duchen, commemorating Lord Buddha’s return from the Tushita realm. It is said to be a time when the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied. On that day we will be offering a traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers. We will also be saving lives by offering a fish release.


Although the monastery is closed to the public, there are many ways to share in the merit of these activities through 
sponsoring the chanting, the tea served during the chanting, meals, and the offering of butter lamps. You may also sponsor the saving of life through fish release for family or friends for their good health and long life. 

You may also simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:
Palpung Thubten Chöling
Attn: Office
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Please make checks payable to Palpung Thubten Choling or PTC. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge to (845) 297-5761. For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.

Please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced. 

 

Chanting Practices to Dispel Obstacles and Bring About Auspicious Conditions

November 10 - 24, 2020  

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

The resident sangha of PTC will be participating in a variety of chanting events to dispel obstacles and bring about auspicious conditions.  The dates are listed below. 

Nov 10Tuesday | Gya Shi, "The Practice of the Four Hundred Offerings"
Gya Shi is a practice involving four hundred offerings which is done as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death).  The four hundred offerings are described in the practice text below:

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Namo!
The vast offerings of Gya Shi are dedicated to the accumulation of merit and wisdom.
Through the blessings of offering 100 tsa-tsa, may all beings engage in the 10 virtues and give up the 10 non-virtues.
Through the merit of offering 100 butterlamps, may all beings clear away the darkness of ignorance so that the 5 wisdoms may be realized.
Through the merit of offering 100 tormas, may all beings be free from famine.
Through the merit of offering 100 chambu (effigies), may all beings purify all karmic debt which makes harmful hindrances.
Though the blessing of reciting the profound sutras, may all beings always turn the wheel of dharma. Through the roots of virtue of offering 400, may myself and all patrons and their loved ones repay all karmic debts. May we perfect the two accumulations and attain the precious level of unsurpassable enlightenment.

 

  

Nov 11Wednesday | Sherab Nyingpo, a practice based on the Heart Sutra

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Sherab Nyingpo is an obstacle averting practice that dispels unfavorable circumstances and prompts good conditions. The Heart Sutra is recited repeatedly as a means to purify obstacles created by the 4 maras (mental afflictions; attachment to happiness; clinging to the 5 skandhas; death). The practice invokes the blessings of Prajnaparamita, the Mother of all Buddhas.



 

 

 

 

Nov 21 - 23, Saturday - Monday | Drolma Yuldok, a practice based on the 21 Taras

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This is a three-day practice to remove obstacles and bring auspicious conditions.

 

You may view this practice remotely on Zoom. If you would like to participate please email Lama Lhadrun.

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 23, Monday (following Drolma Yuldok chanting) | Sür, Evening Fire Offering Ceremony
Sür (evening fire offering ceremony) is an offering to the 4 guests: the Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. It averts obstacles and sickness and is dedicated to those who are dying, beings in the Bardo, and to beings with whom we have karmic debts.

Nov 24, Tuesday | Sang, Morning Fire Offering Ceremony
Sang is a special morning purification fire ceremony. It is an offering to all worldly gods and the 4 guests: Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. This practice pacifies war, encourages peace and averts sickness. It also creates merit and concludes the year-end chanting by purifying any remaining obstacles.

 

For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, donations can be made towards meals, fire offering ceremonies, or the tea served during the chanting. General contributions towards these special practices are also welcome. Be sure to include a prayer with your donation which will be read aloud to the assembly.

You may make your donations on-line or simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:

Palpung Thubten Chöling
Attn: Office
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Please make checks payable to Palpung Thubten Choling or PTC. For credit card payments, fax your credit card number (VISA or MasterCard only), along with the expiration date and signature and the amount you would like to charge to (845) 297-5761. For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.

As we are not able to check email during chanting events, please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced.