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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.

Anniversary of Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche’s Parinirvana and Commemoration of Mother's Day

May 10, 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 event is being shared remotely on Zoom.  If you would like to participate please email Lama Lhadrun.

 

The resident sangha of PTC will be commemorating the anniversary of our root lama Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche's parinirvana -- the day he left his body and entered the Pure Realms -- by offering 500 butterlamps.

And to honor all mothers (past, present, and future!) we will be chanting the short practice of Green Tara, who is often referred to as “The Mother of Liberation,” and is known for her swift activity in dispelling fears, obstacles and illness. The merit accumulated through participating in this inspiring practice will be dedicated to the countless beings who have been our mothers since beginningless time.

 

1:30 pm | Lighting of butterlamps and Chanting of Green Tara 

 

Cultivating a Calm Mind in Turbulent Times

May 16, 2020 (Saturday)

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

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Led by Lama Depa, the session will include instruction and guided meditation, with time for discussion and questions. All levels of experience are welcome.

 

Session time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

 



Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting

May 17, 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.  If you would like to participate please email Lama Lhadrun.

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.  

 

Nyungne Retreat - The Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

May 23 - June 8, 2020   

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.

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe resident sangha of PTC will be practicing 8 consecutive sets of Nyungne (the Fasting Ritual and Meditation of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig). This retreat will be held during the auspicious month of Sakadawa, the month commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha. It is said that, during this time, the merit accumulated through performing virtuous activity is multiplied 100,000 times.

The Nyungne practice is a profound kriya tantra meditation ritual based on loving-kindness and compassion in the form of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig.  The practice involves maintaining strict vows and meditating while reciting mantras and prayers, and performing prostrations and visualizations. Undertaken in sets of two days, the first day includes one vegetarian meal at noon, drinking water throughout the day as needed. The second day is a complete fast performed in noble silence. The Nyungne is renowned as a superior means to purify negative karma and accumulate great merit.

Chenrezig himself declared that completing even one Nyungne prevents rebirth in the lower realms, and the practice of eight consecutive Nyungne leads to birth in Amitabha’s pure land of Dewachen.

 


The dates for each set are as follows:

Set 1   Begins May 23 (Saturday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 25 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 25 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 27 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 27 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 29 Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 29 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 31 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 31 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 2 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins June 2 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 4 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins June 4 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 6 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins June 6 (Saturday) at 5:00 am.  Ends June 8 (Monday) about 9:30 am.


For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, donations can be made towards meals or the tea served on non-fasting days. General contributions towards this special practice 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:

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

Please make checks payable to Kagyu Thubten Choling or KTC. 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.