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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

August 15, 2021 (Sunday)  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

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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

 

 

For information on how to join us via ZOOM, please click here. 
 

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

 

As of July 1 we welcome visitors to join us for lunch in the Maitreya dining room, and ask that you let us know in advance by emailing reservations@kagyu.com. We regret that the dining room will not be open for other meals at this time.

Overnight accommodations will also be available for fully vaccinated guests only. If you would like to stay at the monastery, please make reservations in advance using our online form.

If you need assistance with making your reservation, please email reservations@kagyu.com.

 

Commemoration of Buddha Joyful Day

August 22, 2021 (Sunday)

Unvaccinated Guests Must Wear Masks

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The observance of Buddha’s Joyful Day on the full moon day of the seventh lunar month is based on the story of Maudgalyayana, a disciple of the Buddha, who discovered through his meditative powers that his mother had been reborn as a hungry ghost. Distressed, he approached the Buddha for help, who then advised him to make offerings to the Sangha, as the merit from doing so would help relieve the suffering of his mother and other beings in the lower realms. Buddha’s Joyful Day is observed by making offerings of necessities to monastics, reciting sūtras and performing acts of generosity. The merit from these deeds is dedicated to all beings, especially to relieve the suffering of the deceased.

Please join us as we make prayers and offerings for our parents, ancestors, and the deceased through a special recitation of the Amitabha sadhana with tsok offerings, a fire puja for the deceased, and aspiration prayers for the well being of us and all other beings, especially those to whom we dedicate the practice by name, both living and deceased.

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.

It is said that, "no matter how long ago your deceased dear ones or relatives have passed away, it is still very vital to make prayers and offerings for them to increase their merit."

During the chanting of the Long Amitabha and Jangchok sadhanas all the names of the deceased will be blessed and burned 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.  As it is taught in the Ullambana Sūtra, the merit of making these offerings will bring excellent health, long life, removal of obstacles from the donor’s dharma practice and work, and rebirth of the deceased in Dewachen.  The merit will also be dedicated to world peace and the liberation of all sentient beings.  May the Dharma continue to flourish.

 

Chanting Schedule:

10:00 am Chanting of Long Amitabha Sadhana
1:30 pm | Continuation of chanting of Long Amitabha Sadhana with Tsok, Jangchok Sadhana, followed by Sür (special fire offering ceremony)

For information on how to join us via ZOOM, please click here. 

 

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.

 

 

As of July 1 we welcome visitors to join us for lunch in the Maitreya dining room, and ask that you let us know in advance by emailing reservations@kagyu.com. We regret that the dining room will not be open for other meals at this time.

Overnight accommodations will also be available for fully vaccinated guests only. If you would like to stay at the monastery, please make reservations in advance using our online form.

If you need assistance with making your reservation, please email reservations@kagyu.com.

 

Calling the Lama from Afar - Teaching and Chanting

September 19, 2021 (Sunday) 

JamgonKongtrulLodroThaye cropped

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

 

 

For information on how to join us via ZOOM, please click here. 
 

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

 

As of July 1 we welcome visitors to join us for lunch in the Maitreya dining room, and ask that you let us know in advance by emailing reservations@kagyu.com. We regret that the dining room will not be open for other meals at this time.

Overnight accommodations will also be available for fully vaccinated guests only. If you would like to stay at the monastery, please make reservations in advance using our online form.

If you need assistance with making your reservation, please email reservations@kagyu.com.