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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.

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

Teachings and Practice Led by Wangchen Rinpoche

December 7 - 10, 2018 (Friday - Monday)  

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Wangchen Rinpoche is a highly respected master and lineage holder of the Shangpa Lineage. Rinpoche is the disciple of the late Enlightened master, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, who was the previous head of the Shangpa Lineage. He also considers H.H. 16 th Gyalwa Karmapa to be his Guru. Rinpoche was born in Darjeeling, India in 1963. He entered Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche’s Monastery at the age of seven. From that time on he lived and traveled with his Guru until the age of sixteen, when he entered three-year retreat.


Wangchen Rinpoche oversees and is directly responsible for two monasteries and one nunnery in the area of ethnic Tibetans in Ganzi District, Sichuan, China. Rinpoche has students and followers all over the world and travels regularly to bestow teachings. Rinpoche is considered a  master of the Nyungne practice, the yoga of fasting.

 

1000armChenrezigResizedThe 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.


Nyungne is gaining in popularity everywhere Rinpoche travels. He considers this to be his service to the Buddhadharma and his special gift to all beings who participate. He explains that this is a gift they can keep forever. Rinpoche’s book, Buddhist Fasting Practice, The Nyungne Method of Thousand Armed Chenrezig, provides comprehensive information about Nyungne.

 

The schedule of teaching sessions is as follows:
December 7 (Friday) at 7:30 pm | Teaching on the Essential Points of Nyungne
December 8 (Saturday) approximately 7:30 pm | Questions & Answers with Wangchen Rinpoche
 

The dates and times for the nyungne are as follows:
Begins December 8 (Saturday) at 5:00 am. Ends December 10 (Monday) about 6:00 am.

If not attending the Friday evening teaching, it is necessary to arrive at KTC by 8pm the evening before the practice begins.

Guests attending a nyungne for the first time must speak to Lama Dechi before doing this practice.  Please contact her by emailing Lama Dechi or calling 845-297-2500 (leaving both your name and phone number so that she can get back to you).

 

Reservations are required.  Please submit an on-line reservation. 

 

The price for the Friday night teaching and nyungne set includes all meals and accommodations. Prices per person are:
 

  • Dorm: $105/ Non-Members   $80/Members
  • Double occupancy in Tashi Kang guest house: $125 /Non-Members   $100 /Members
  • Private room in Tashi Kang guest house: $150 /Non-Members   $120 /Members
  • Double occupancy in Maitreya Center: $155 /Non-Members   $140 /Member
  • Private room in Maitreya Center: $175 /Non-Members   $150 /Member 

If you plan to attend the teaching without participating in the nyungne practice the fee for that single session is: $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)


Please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.

 

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

 

Wangchen Rinpoche Teaches Monday Night Meditation Class

December 10, 2018   

WangchenRinpocheWangchen Rinpoche will be leading the 'Introduction to Buddhist Meditation' class this Monday evening. Teachings include foundational Buddhist thought along with meditation instructions, which are 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. 


Wangchen Rinpoche is a highly respected master and lineage holder of the Shangpa Lineage. Rinpoche is the disciple of the late Enlightened master, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, who was the previous head of the Shangpa Lineage. He also considers H.H. 16 th Gyalwa Karmapa to be his Guru. Rinpoche was born in Darjeeling, India in 1963. He entered Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche’s Monastery at the age of seven. From that time on he lived and traveled with his Guru until the age of sixteen, when he entered three-year retreat.



Wangchen Rinpoche oversees and is directly responsible for two monasteries and one nunnery in the area of ethnic Tibetans in Ganzi District, Sichuan, China. Rinpoche has students and followers all over the world and travels regularly to bestow teachings.

   

7:30-8:30pm | Introduction to Buddhist Meditation 

This class is free of charge.  

 

Wangchen Rinpoche Leading Tuesday Night Study Group on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

December 11, 2018   

WangchenRinpocheWangchen Rinpoche will be leading this class, generally led by Lamas Depa and Lhadrun, which is exploring 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.


Wangchen Rinpoche is a highly respected master and lineage holder of the Shangpa Lineage. Rinpoche is the disciple of the late Enlightened master, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, who was the previous head of the Shangpa Lineage. He also considers H.H. 16 th Gyalwa Karmapa to be his Guru. Rinpoche was born in Darjeeling, India in 1963. He entered Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche’s Monastery at the age of seven. From that time on he lived and traveled with his Guru until the age of sixteen, when he entered three-year retreat.



Wangchen Rinpoche oversees and is directly responsible for two monasteries and one nunnery in the area of ethnic Tibetans in Ganzi District, Sichuan, China. Rinpoche has students and followers all over the world and travels regularly to bestow teachings.

   

7:30-8:30pm | Study Group on The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

This class is free of charge.  

 

General Information about Events at KTC

Note: We do not offer seminars every weekend. Please check the special events listings or contact us to find out about upcoming seminars.

Seminar fees are per session and do not include charges for meals or accommodations.

Seminars taught by the resident teacher: $25 Non-members | $20 Members | $15 Students (with valid student ID)
Seminars taught by KTC retreat graduates: $20 Non-members | $15 Members | $10 Students (with valid student ID)
Pricing for visiting teachers may vary and will be included in the description of individual events above.
 
Registration: Before every session, please arrive 20 minutes early to allow for registration.
 
Reservations (1 week in advance) are required for all meals and overnight stays.
Please use our online Reservation Form. If you need assistance or have to make a reservation closer to the event please email reservations@kagyu.com.
 
Rates for accommodations & individual meals are available on our visitor information page.
 
Cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard accepted.

Please Note: Schedule is subject to change. To confirm programs, please call (845) 297- 2500.
 
 

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