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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

February 9, 2020 (Sunday)  

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Lama Norgyal will be teaching on and leading the KTC 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.

English and Chinese texts available.

 

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.  

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.

 

Please note: When arriving by train, please make pick-up arrangements in advance. Click here for information on taxis.

 

Commemoration of the Parinirvana of Lama Norlha Rinpoche

February 16, 2020 (Sunday)

 

Please join us in remembering Lama Rinpoche’s great kindness and blessings.

 

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Schedule:

8:15 am | Lighting of Butter Lamps
9:00 am | Chanting of the Guru Yoga of Milarepa followed by
Calling the Lama from Afar (Lama Jangbu)

12:00 noon | Vegetarian Lunch
2:00 pm | Chanting of Amitabha with Feast Offering (Tsok)


 

Milarepa is the most beloved yogi and poet of Tibet and one of the forefathers of the Kagyu lineage revered for his inspirational life story and profound songs of realization. The Guru Yoga of Milarepa is an essential practice of the Kagyu lineage in which the transmission of devotion becomes the basis of Mahamudra.

Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, vowed to lead all beings to his pure realm of bliss, Dewachen (Sukhavati).

The practice of Jangchok performed for the benefit of the deceased will be included within the chanting of the Amitabha sadhana. You may provide us with names of the deceased for dedication and these names will be included within the chanting. To make these dedications, please download the Amitabha Sadhana Dedication form.

All are welcome to join in the day’s observances. Texts in English and Chinese will be available for Calling the Lama from Afar and Amitabha. You may also choose to do your personal practice.

 

Reservations (1 week in advance) are required if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only, if you need assistance or have to make a reservation closer to the event. Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page.

 

 

法林寺邀請您蒞臨
喇嘛諾那仁波切入涅週年紀念日

2020年2月16日周日

共同緬懷喇嘛仁波切的大恩大德慈悲加被

 

時間表

早上8:15: 點酥油燈
上午9:00: 修《米勒日巴上師瑜伽》《悲心遙呼上師祈請文》
中午12點: 午齋
下午2點: 修《阿彌陀佛》及薈供

 

《米勒日巴上師瑜伽》為噶舉派重要法門。虔誠心大手印的基礎。
阿彌陀佛,無量光佛,發誓要將所有眾生帶進他的西方大樂淨土。

在修《阿彌陀佛》時,將加修專門超度亡者之《將促》法。閣下可以提供亡者名字,以便修法時超度。需者請點擊 [阿彌陀佛超度鏈接](Amitabha Sadhana Dedication form)下載中文表格。

歡迎大家參加此紀念日,將備中、英文法本。

用餐和住宿均需提前一周預訂。 請發電郵(務必寫英文)reservations@kagyu.com. 食宿費價格請閱訪客資訊 http://www.kagyu.com/monastery/visitor-information

 

 

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Losar (Tibetan New Year) Schedule 2020
Year of the Iron Rat 
Clearing Obstacles for the New Year

February 20 - 24, 2020

We invite you to join us in prayers to clear obstacles in the coming year. The dates of the chanting practices are listed below. To confirm starting times for chanting, please call close to each event (845-297-2500).

February 20 (Thursday) 

9:00 am Mahakala Chanting (Tsendring, the extended version of the Protector Bernachen practice)
These extended Mahakala prayers are performed to clear away obstacles for the new year.  Bernachen swore an oath to protect the Buddha’s teachings.  As the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa has taught, Bernachen and the Karmapa are inseparable.

February 21 (Friday)
 
9:00 am Mahakala Chanting (Tsendring, the extended version of the Protector Bernachen practice) with Long Life Ritual (Chiblu) 
Chiblu, a vajrayana ritual, is a profound means to avert obstacles to long life.

 

February 22 ( Saturday)
 
9:00 am Mahakala Chanting (Tsendring, the extended version of the Protector Bernachen practice) and Evening Fire Offering (Sür)
The evening fire offering averts obstacles and sickness, clears away karmic debts, and is dedicated to those who are dying and deceased.

 

February 24 (Monday)Losar Day - First Day of the Tibetan New Year

5:00 am | 
Welcome in the New Year with the traditional playing of instruments and offering the white offering scarves (katas) to the shrines.
6:00 am | Morning Fire Offering (Sang)
This special morning purification fire ceremony 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.  


 

There are many ways to participate in these auspicious activities. During all of these dates, the shrine room is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join us for any amount of time. Additionally, it is possible to sponsor the chanting.

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:

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 (VISA or MasterCard), mail a credit card charge form to the above KTC address or fax it 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.  


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

 

Opening Of The Ninth Three-Year Retreat

February 24, 2020 (Monday)   

Reservations Required  

Please join Lama Tsering and the sangha of Kagyu Thubten Chöling in celebrating the Opening of the Ninth Three-Year Retreat.

The opportunity to view the opening of a three-year retreat is considered to be extremely auspicious. The karmic connection made to the Dharma and to the Three Year Retreat reaps mountains of merit and creates the conditions for participation in a Retreat in this or future lifetimes.

10:00 am | Procession

10:15 am | Ceremony

  • Chanting of Offerings and Aspirations
  • Offering of Auspicious Symbols by the Graduates to the throne of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa
  • Traditional Offering of Sweet Rice and Tea
  • Video address by Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa
  • Offering of Traditional White Scarves by Guests to the Lama Tsering, Lama Norgyal and Graduates (Packets of white scarves (katas) will be available at our bookstore.)

12:00 (noon) | Dinner in honor of Graduates, their Guests and Families

There is no charge for attending the ceremony or the dinner.  Please come as our guest, but you must register in advance by writing to reservations@kagyu.com.  Please provide the following information:

  • Number in your party who will attend the ceremony.
  • Number in your party who will attend the celebratory dinner at noon.


If you require overnight accommodations, please note that most beds at KTC are already reserved for family members of the retreatants.  There are a few dormitory beds at KTC available.  Otherwise, please see our visitor information page for local hotels.

This is a very auspicious event to sponsor. For those who wish to sponsor the Opening of the 9th Three Year Retreat, the tent, tables & chairs rental, or the celebratory dinner, donations can be made. Be sure to include a prayer with your donation which will be read aloud to the assembly.

You may make your donations on-line (please specify purpose for payment) 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.