Week of November 27-December 3

Posted on November 26th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,
With the holiday season officially here, we have a lot going on this week. Hopefully you can join us for one or more of the following events.
Tuesday 11/28 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok
A tsok or feast offering is a powerful purification practice in which we make offerings to Guru Rinpoche and other deities. All are welcome to attend this ritual practice which features chanting prayers and food offerings. Please consider bringing a vegetarian snack to share such as fruit, nuts, crackers, chips, cookies etc. or a non-alcoholic drink.
Saturday 12/2 9:30 AM – 12 noon Dakpo Targyen class, review of Chapter 15, “Diligence” and start of Chapter 16, “Meditative Concentration”. Please note this is an ongoing class and only for those who are currently enrolled.
Holiday Party 4 PM – 7 Come Party with Us! Kindly bring a vegetarian dish or non-alcoholic drink to share. Contact Nelson Kent for directions  ktc.director@albanyktc.org
Sunday 12/3
  • 9 – 9:45 AM Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 – 12 Book study, Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society by the 17th Karmapa,Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Chapter 2, “True Connectivity”
Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara is the Bodhisattva of Compassion.  In this liturgy we meditate on Chenrezig and recite his mantra, both of which helps us develop compassion for all living beings.  It is taught that without compassion for others, enlightenment is impossible. Thus the Chenrezig sadhana is central to our practice.
We practice shamata meditation to overcome mental wandering, distraction and inattention and to develop stability and a sharp, focused mind.  We practice tonglen to develop love and compassion for others.

Wishing you a calm and peaceful week.

Yours in the Dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Do you want to be happy? It’s so easy. Help others.
Kyabje Thrangu Rinpoche