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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

March 10, 2019 (Sunday)

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Join us as Lama Norgyal leads 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.
 

11:15 am | Chanting of Calling the Lama from Afar

Click here to view the livestream. 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.

 

Amitabha Chanting

for Liberating the Deceased and Benefiting Beings

(Qing Ming)

April 7, 2019 (Sunday)

清明節法會

 

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Kagyu Thubten Chöling will be making prayers and offerings for our parents, ancestors, and the deceased through a special recitation of the Amitabha sadhana with tsok offerings and aspiration prayers for the well being of ourselves and all other beings, especially those to whom we dedicate the practice by name, both living and deceased.

 

Schedule for chanting of Long Amitabha Sadhana with Tsok and Jangchok Sadhana

10:00 am - noon
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 

 

The practice entitled 'Jangchok' will be included within the chanting of the Amitabha sadhana.  Jangchok is done for the benefit of the recently deceased to achieve liberation.  For persons who may have passed away a long time ago the Jangchok practice will still bring great blessings to the deceased and create the causes and conditions for the liberation of the person.  For the living, it is said that once their karmic debtors are liberated through this practice, the person will have less obstacles.  For all beings, this practice will help to create favorable conditions and enhance their well-being.

You may donate any amount and provide us with the names for dedication (both living and deceased).  To make these dedications, download the Amitabha Sadhana Dedication Form in Chinese and English.

During the chanting Lama Tsering Dakpa will bless and burn all the names of the deceased to symbolize purification of their defilements, obscurities and negative karma by the fire of wisdom, ripening their merit to be reborn in Amitabha’s pureland of Dewachen. Also included will be a dedication of merit to all sponsors and their designated names for blessing. 

 

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.

 

Calling the Lama from Afar

April 21, 2019 (Sunday)

JamgonKongtrulLodroThaye cropped
Join us as Lama Norgyal leads 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.

 

11:15 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.

 

Realizing the Nature of Mind through the Unique Approach of the Vajrayana

A Teaching Seminar and Empowerment with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

May 3 - 4, 2019 (Friday & Saturday)

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Tibetan Buddhist vajrayana is the pursuit of a direct and stable recognition of the nature of reality. Settling the mind and developing insight through meditation are crucial to experiencing the uncontrived nature of mind.  The vajrayana further employs a profound array of techniques such as deity visualization and devotional practices to catalyze and deepen a direct experience of the true nature.

Rinpoche will discuss how these elements of the path fit together and what they mean to our personal practice.

For the last session, Mingyur Rinpoche will bestow the Guru Rinpoche Long Life Empowerment.  Of the hundreds of long life empowerment termas (hidden Dharma treasures) discovered over the past 1300 years, The Long Life Empowerment of Konchok Chidu, is said to confer Guru Rinpoche's most profound blessings for long life and freedom from obstacles.

Refuge is not required for those participating in the empowerment.

Both Chinese and English translation will be provided. 

 

A Biography of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Born in 1975 in the Himalayan border regions between Tibet and Nepal, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a much-loved and accomplished meditation master. From a young age, Rinpoche was drawn to a life of contemplation. He entered the traditional three-year retreat at Sherabling Monastery at the age of 13, and became the teacher of the next retreat at the age of 17, a position rarely held by such a young lama.

In addition to extensive training in the meditative and philosophical traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, Mingyur Rinpoche has also had a lifelong interest in Western science and psychology. In 2002, Mingyur Rinpoche and a handful of other long-term meditators were invited to the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Richard Davidson, Antoine Lutz, and other scientists examined the effects of meditation on the brains of advanced meditators. The results of this groundbreaking research were reported in many of the world’s most widely read publications, including National Geographic and Time.

Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on five continents. His candid, often humorous accounts of his own personal difficulties have endeared him to thousands of students around the world. His best-selling book, The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into over twenty languages.
In early June, 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche walked out of his monastery in Bodhgaya, India and began a “wandering retreat” through the Himalayas and the plains of India that lasted four and a half years. His new book about that experience, In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying, will be released on May 7, 2019.

Detailed biography of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche:
https://tergar.box.com/v/Rinpoche-bio

 

The schedule is as follows:

May 3 (Friday) at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm | Teaching
May 4 (Saturday) at 10:30 am | Teaching
May 4 (Saturday) at  2:00 pm | Guru Rinpoche Long Life Empowerment

 

Pricing for this event is as follows:

• Online pre-registrants will receive a discount off the standard registration fee.
• Students automatically receive a special event rate with valid student ID (On-site registration only).

Online Registration fee per session:
• $40 / Non-Members
• $35 / Members

On-Site Registration fee per session:
• $45 / Non-Members
• $40 / Members
• $20 / Students with valid student ID

To pre-register on-line please click here

 

Reservations are required if you 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.