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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.

Cultivating a Calm Mind in Turbulent Times

May 8, 2021 (Saturday)

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, to protect the well-being and safety of everyone, Palpung Thubten Chöling Monastery remains closed to the public. 

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

 

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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: 1:30pm - 3:00pm

 



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

May 9, 2021 (Sunday)

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In light of the coronavirus outbreak, to protect the well-being and safety of everyone, Palpung Thubten Chöling Monastery remains temporarily closed to the public.

 

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.

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.

 

Schedule of events:

6:30am | Thousandfold Lamp Offering (Tong Chö)
A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezig practice.

 

The next chanting sessions are being offered remotely. For information on how to join us via ZOOM, please click here.

 

10:00am | Kalu Rinpoche's Practice of Aspiration Prayers (Monlam Choga), followed by the Short Practice of the Peaceful & Wrathful Deities (Shitro)
Chanting of the Monlam Choga, a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

1:30 pm | Chanting of Green Tara 

 

Although the monastery is closed to the public, there are many ways to share in the merit of these activities through sponsoring the chanting, the tea served during the chanting, meals, and the offering of butter lamps. 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:

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

Please make checks payable to Palpung Thubten Choling or PTC. 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.

 

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

May 11 - May 27, 2021   

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, to protect the well-being and safety of everyone, Palpung Thubten Chöling Monastery remains 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 11 (Tuesday) at 5:30 am.  Ends May 13 (Thursday) about 6:00 am.
Set 2   Begins May 13 (Thursday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 15 (Saturday) about 6:00 am.
Set 3   Begins May 15 (Saturday at 5:00 am.  Ends May 17 (Monday) about 6:00 am.
Set 4   Begins May 17 (Monday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 19 (Wednesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 5   Begins May 19 (Wednesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 21 (Friday) about 6:00 am.
Set 6   Begins May 21 (Friday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 23 (Sunday) about 6:00 am.
Set 7   Begins May 23 (Sunday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 25 (Tuesday) about 6:00 am.
Set 8   Begins May 25 (Tuesday) at 5:00 am.  Ends May 27 (Thursday) about 9:30 am.


 

Although the monastery is closed to the public, there are many ways to share in the merit of this retreat through sponsoring the chanting, meals and the tea served during the chanting on non fasting days. 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:

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

Please make checks payable to Palpung Thubten Choling or PTC. 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.

 

Refreshing Our Practice: During a Pandemic - a Discussion Led by Lama Chodron and Lama Jamdron

May 23, 2021 (Sunday)

In light of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, to protect the well-being and safety of everyone, Palpung Thubten Chöling Monastery remains closed to the public.

 

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In our May discussion, we will continue to explore how we keep our practice fresh and work with distraction and other challenges, what impact our formal practice has on situations that arise in daily life -- and especially, how has the covid pandemic affected our practice over the past year? Lama Chodron and Lama Jamdron will lead the discussion, and we invite everyone at all levels of experience to join us to share your questions as well as what works for you.

 

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

 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Refreshing Our Practice: During a Pandemic