Author Archives: Laura Roth

Week of May 22-29, 2017

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 5/23/17 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls
Sunday 5/28/17
  • 9 – 9:45 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10-10:45 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Book study group Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva, chapter 8, Meditation
Mark your calendars
6/3 Change your Mind Day 1-6 PM Unitarian Church 405 Washington Avenue, Albany
Lama Zopa will be presenting 2 Dharma talks and there will be many workshops on meditation, mindfulness, Yoga and more.  We hope to see you there!
Wishing you peace, happiness and well-being always,
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
 
With gentleness, overcome anger.
With generosity, overcome meanness.
With truth, overcome deceit.
 
from the Dhammapada The Sayings of the Buddha
 


Week of May 15-21, 2017

Posted on May 15th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 5/16/17 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
 
Sunday 5/21
  • 9 – 9:45  Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 – 10:45  shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11 – 12 Lama Zopa will teach on Demystifying the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig

Please note we are trying to streamline our schedule so that we finish by 12 noon and have, therefore, shortened each session.   

Wishing you all happiness.
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 

Just look within to the virtuous thoughts you have had, and you will always find a reason to love yourself.  Take joy in your sincere intentions.  Everything starts with an intention.  If you have been able to have beautiful aspirations, these aspirations will always be part of you, a beautiful part.

– The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje –

 

April Events

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Laura Roth

On the weekend of April 8-9th, we hosted Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin who gave a wonderful talk and teaching on Mind Training, translated by Tenzin Choenyi.

On Sunday, April 23rd, after a short meditation, we traveled to KTD for lunch and Earth Dayactivities. The vegan snacks were amazing!

Week of May 8-14, 2017

Posted on May 8th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday May 9 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana, Confession of Downfalls

Saturday 5/13  we will be participating in the Tulip Fest, in Washington Park, Albany, from 11AM-6PM.  Also on Sunday, same hours.  Please join us.

Sunday 5/14   Happy Mothers Day!

  • 9 Chenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)

Please Note:   there will be no teaching at 11. Come see us at the Tulip Fest instead! Bring your Mom!

Wishing you a lovely week ahead and always.

Yours In the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

The most exalted example Buddhists use to explain compassion is motherhood. Consider all that your mother probably has done for you since the time you were conceived – carrying you for 9 months, experiencing the hardship of labor and birth, feeding and clothing you, taking care of all your needs, and worrying about you long after you reach adulthood. Most mothers never stop caring unconditionally for their children.  Regardless of whether one believes in reincarnation or not, one can suppose that all living beings are like mothers to us.  The food that appears before us at dinner was grown, packaged and prepared by people we probably do not know.  The clothes we are wearing were produced by people we probably will never meet.  Yet we are benefiting from their hopes, dreams and labor.  Plants, animals and raw materials have all been used to provide us these things.  This is the interdependence that characterizes life – no one thing exists by itself alone, or can survive alone.  We are all part of one world ecology and the world is extremely compassionate to us. 

The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Walking the Path of Environmental Buddhism through Compassion and Emptiness 

Highlights for May 2017

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

PLEASE NOTE: From now on, the Sunday schedule will be slightly shortened to allow us to finish by noon.

Sunday: 9AM Chenrezig, etc. ends by 9:45AM

10AM Meditation, ends by 10:45AM followed by tea, etc.

11AM Teaching

 

On Tuesday, May 2nd at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok, an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. All are welcome.

On Friday-Sunday, May 5-7th, we will be showing the webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, The Benefits of Chorten (Stupas). Khenpo Rinpoche will teach about their value, meaning, and how to practice with the: Fri. 7-8:30PM, Sat. 10:30AM-noon & 3:30-5PM,Sun. 10:30AM-noon & 2:30-4PM.

On Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14th, we will be participating in the Tulip Fest, in Washington Park, Albany, from 11AM-6PM. Albany KTC will be open for Chenrezig and meditation, but there will be no teaching at 11. Come see us at the Tulip Fest instead! Bring your Mom.

On Sunday, May 21st, Lama Zopa will teach, Demystifying the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig.

Sunday Programs at 11AM:

May 7th: Continuation of webcast teaching at KTD, The Benefits of Chorten. See times above.

May 14th: No teaching at KTC. Come see us at the Tulip Fest!

May 21st: Lama Zopa will teach, Demystifying the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Chenrezig.

May 28th: Book study, Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 8, Meditation.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

May 2nd: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings tsok. Preparation time is 6:30PM. See above.

May 9th: Short Green Tara practice, etc. .

May 16th: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

May 23rd: Short Green Tara practice, etc

May 30th: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

Saturday, May 20th: Group Ngondro practice for those qualified, starting at 9:30AM.

Please Note: a donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Week of May 1-7

Posted on May 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 5/2/17 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok, an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. All are welcome.Prep 6:30 PM

Special Weekend Webcast teaching by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche  

“The Benefits of Chorten”

  • Friday 5/5     7 PM – 8:30 
  • Saturday 5/6 10:30 AM – noon and 3:30 – 5 PM
  • Sunday 5/7    10:30 AM – noon and 2:30 – 4 PM

Chorten is the Tibetan word for stupa. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche will teach about the preciousness and meaning of chorten, stories about chorten, the categories of chorten, and how we practice with chorten, including teachings on the benefits of circumambulations.

We hope you can join us for this special weekend teaching.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

…Generosity doesn’t have to do with outer things; it is inner…  It depends upon how we think.  It is a state of mind that really wants to help others through giving.…  It is the feeling of readiness to do whatever we can to help someone by giving him or her whatever they need. So, whether or not we actually have the opportunity to give or not is not so important.  What is important is our pure motivation.

Excerpt from: Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Thrangu Rinpoche

Donations for teachings are always appreciated!

Week of April 24-30

Posted on April 24th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 4/25 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls

Sunday 4/30

  • 9 AMChenrezig sadhana
  • 10 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15Lama Zopa teaching “The Five Buddha Families”

Wishing you a blessed and happy week ahead.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

 

The purpose of the Buddha’s teaching is to bring well-being and happiness to others.

Khenpo Sherap Phuntsok, A Harmonious Path for Buddhist Communities

 

Week of April 17-23, 2017

Posted on April 18th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 4/18/17 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
 
Sunday 4/23  Happy Earth Day!
 
  • 9AM – 10:30 Chenrezig/Amitabha sadhana and shortened meditation practice.
  • 10:30 Field trip to KTD monastery in Woodstock for Earth Day celebrations.  Car pooling from Doane Stuart, meet in the parking lot.  See attached schedule for all Earth Day events at KTD Friday 4/21Sunday 4/23.
Hope to see you there! 
 
Yours in the dharma,
 
Mary Ann Duncan
 

 

We as Buddhists believe that benefiting others is an act of kindness….Taking care of the environment and nature is also a very important act of kindness that can benefit many humans and animals alike in the future.    The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

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Week of April 10-16, 2017

Posted on April 10th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 4/11 at 7 PM  Short Green Tara sadhana and Confession of Downfalls

Saturday 4/15 9:30 AM Ngondro group practice for those currently doing Ngondro.

Sunday 4/16

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha practice
  • 10 Shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Book study, read and discuss Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, Chapter 7, Diligence

May your mind be filled with gentle thoughts of love and compassion.

Yours in the Dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

With patience I will strive with diligence.

For in such diligence enlightenment is found.

If no wind blows, then nothing stirs,

And neither is there merit without diligence.

Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva

 

 

 

Week of April 3-9, 2017

Posted on April 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Tuesday 4/4 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok. Set up at 6:30 A tsok is a powerful purification ritual of chanting, prayer and food offerings.  Kindly consider bringing a snack to share such as fruit, crackers, cookies, sweets or nonalcoholic beverage.

SPECIAL WEEKEND TEACHING with Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin

 Saturday 4/8 10:30 AM – Noon Public Talk 

Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion, and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism

Saturday 4/8 2 PM – 4 PM Seminar

The Eight Stanzas of Thought Transformation

Khenpo Ugyen will teach on the practice of Mind Training, the cultivation of bodhichitta, the awakening mind of compassion and wisdom, based on this short text by Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Sunday, 4/9, 10:30 AM–12 PM and 2–4PM Seminar continued

About Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin

Khenpo Ugyen is scholar in residence at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, NY. A native of Bhutan, he studied at the Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in India. He served as principal teacher at Nalanda Institute before coming to the United States. Khenpo Ugyen recently completed a lengthy retreat at Karme Ling retreat center in Delhi, NY.

Suggested Donation $20 each session (Members $15) 

No one, however, will be turned away for lack of funds

March 2017 events

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Laura Roth

On Sunday, March 12th, we continued our introductory series of teachings with The Importance of Having a Spiritual Friend.

On Sunday, March 19th, we held a members’ meeting followed by a potluck lunch. Some items had to be deferred due to light attendance. We’ll follow-up with another members’ meeting soon.

Month of April 2017

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for April 2017- Lots of great teachings, a very full month!

On Tuesday, April 4th at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok, an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. Prep time is 6:30PM.

On Saturday & Sunday, April 8th-9th, we will host Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, who will give a public talk, Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion, and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism. He will follow with a 3-part teaching related to Mind Training, The Eight Stanzas of  Thought Transformation. Times for both days will be 10:30AM to noon and 2-4PM.

On Saturday, April 15th at 9:30AM, we will hold a group Ngondro practice for those qualified.

On Sunday, April 23rd, meditation will end early, at 10:30AM, to allow time to travel to KTD for lunch and a field trip to the Earth Day weekend activities there. If you plan on attending, please notify the KTD office, in advance, regarding lunch.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

April 2nd: Lama Zopa will teach, The Four Applications of Mindfulness (last introductory talk)

April 8&9: Khenpo Ugyen, The Eight Stanzas of Thought Transformation, (Please see above).

April 16th: Book study, Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chap. 7, Heroic Perseverance.

April 23rd: Field trip to KTD for Earth Day weekend. Leaving at 10:30AM. (see above).

April 30th: Lama Zopa will teach, The Five Buddha Families.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

April 4th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings tsok.

April 11th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

April 18th: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

April 25th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

Saturday, April 15th at 9:30AM: Group Ngondro practice

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated.

Week of March 27-April 2, 2017

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 3/28 7 PM Short Green Tara sadhana & Confession of Downfalls

Sunday 4/2 

  • 9AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 shamata (calm abiding) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11:15 Lama Zopa will teach on the “Four Applications of Mindfulness“.   These are the first four of the thirty-seven factors of awakening whichare practiced throughout the entire path, from the path of accumulation up to the path of no more learning. There is much more to these four than is commonly understood in the West.

Wishing you a mindful week ahead!

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

 

 

We cannot immediately grasp the more advanced practices, such as the Great Seal (mahamudra) or the Great Completion (mahasandhi), both of which lead to the result of primordial wisdom. For all of these higher level practices, we need a steady basis, which is none other than the correct practice of calm abiding. 

  17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Week of March 20-26, 2017

Posted on March 21st, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Happy Spring !

Tuesday 3/21 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana

Sunday 3/26

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 shamata (calm abiding meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Teaching by Lama Zopa “Four Seals of Dharma”

Save the Dates:  Saturday 4/8 & Sunday 4/9 Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin will teach on Mind Training and give a public talk, Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism.

Wishing you happiness as we step into Spring.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

It is impossible to be at your best or your worst at all times. Who is always consistent? Everyone changes according to different situations and as they go through life’s different phases. There is no point in feeling great pride or great shame simply because of temporary circumstances.

The Future is Now: Timely Advice for Creating a Better World 

by the 17th Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje

Week of March 13-19, 2017

Posted on March 15th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear Dharma friends,

Saturday 3/18 Ngondro practice 9:30 AM

Sunday 3/19 

  • 9 AM – 10Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 – 11shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Semi-Annual Member’s meeting – followed by potluck luncheon.  Please come and support our center with your ideas and or concerns for how we can better serve your needs and interests.

 SAVE THE DATE: 

April 8th & 9th, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin will teach on Mind Training and give a public talk, “Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion, and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism”.  Stay tuned!

May all beings be happy!

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

When we are serving the Buddha’s teaching, there are three main activities we can do: understand the teachings, maintain them, and spread them….

Of these three, the activity of spreading the teachings is the most important as it includes everything.

 Khenpo Sherap Phunstok, A Harmonious Path for Buddhist Communities

Week of March 6-12, 2017

Posted on March 5th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 3/7 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Tsok.  A tsok is a powerful purification ritual in which we make offerings of prayers and food to Guru Rinpoche and other deities.  Set up is at 6:30.  Kindly bring a vegetarian snack such as fruit, crackers, chips, nuts, sweets, or a non-alcoholic beverage to share.

Sunday 3/12 

  • 9 AM -10 Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10 – 11 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen(compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Teaching on The Importance of a Spiritual Friend

May your heart be joyful today and always.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Whether an action is compassionate or not really depends upon whether your motive is to benefit others or not.

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Excellent at the Beginning: Discovering the Buddhist Way

 

February Events

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

On the weekend of Feb. 10 to 12, we enjoyed the webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, Karme Chakme’s Prayer for Offering Prostrations. This teaching was especially pertinent and helpful for those doing Ngondro, the foundation practice.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28th we held our celebration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year of the Fire Bird with prayers and delicious refreshments. It was a happy and enjoyable event.

March 2017

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for March 2017 and Beyond

On Tuesday March 7th at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share.

On Sunday, March 12th we will continue the introductory series of teachings with The Importance of Having a Spiritual Friend. This is important information for all experience levels.

On Saturday March 18th at 9:30AM, we will hold group Ngondro practice for those qualified.

On Sunday March 19th we will hold a Members Meeting followed by a potluck lunch. The more, the merrier! Please come and support your sangha.

SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday and Sunday, April 8th & 9th, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin will teach on Mind Training and will give a public talk, Advice for Developing Confidence, Devotion, and a Deeper Connection with Buddhism. Stay tuned!

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM

March 5th: Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva. Chapter 6 continued.

March 12th: Introductory teaching on The Importance of Having a Spiritual Friend.

March 19th: Semi-annual Members Meeting followed by a potluck lunch.

March 26th: Lama Zopa will teach, probably on The Four Seals of the View.

Tuesday Programs at 7PM

March 7th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok (see above). Prep time is at 6:30PM.

March 14th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

March 21st: Chenrezig/Amitabha practice

March 28th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

Saturday, March 18th at 9:30AM: Group Ngondro practice

Please Note: A donation of $5 by non-members for Sunday teachings is appreciated

Week of February 27-March 5

Posted on February 28th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/28 7 PM Losar (Tibetan New Year) year of the Firebird.  Please join us for a special celebration with prayer, chanting and meditation, followed by a vegetarian potluck.  Kindly bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic beverage to share.

Sunday 3/5

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana
  • 10:00 shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, chapter 6 (Patience) continued

May the New Year bring you peace, happiness, good health and prosperity.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

As dark as this world may seem,

We must be a bright torch in that darkness.

As deceptive as this world may seem,

We must strive for goodness.

      The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

 

Week of February 20-26, 2017

Posted on February 21st, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/21 7 PM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana practice

Saturday 2/25 9:30 AM Ngondro practice for those who are currently doing ngondro or who need a dose of inspiration.

Sunday 2/26 

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhana practice
  • 10 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation
  • 11 No Teaching, we will be cleaning the shrine room in preparation for Losar, Tibetan New Year of the Firebird, which we will celebrate on Tuesday 2/28.

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 Please mark you calendars for our Losar celebration on Tuesday 2/28 at 7 PM !

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The actual self is like a vast and endless web that connects all possible phenomena.  So we have to expand the way we think the self exists so that it can pervade the whole, immense universe and make untold numbers of connections.

       The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Week of February 13-19

Posted on February 14th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/14          Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • 7 Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
  • Short Green Tara sadhana
  • Confession of Downfalls

Sunday 2/19

  • 9 AM Chenrezig and Amitbha sadhanas
  • 10 AM shamata (tranquility meditation) and tonglen (compassion meditation)
  • 11:15 Introductory teaching “The 6 Perfections” from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s book, Excellent at the Beginning

Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

Yours in the dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Love and compassion are like seeds within us. Like the seeds of a tree, these seeds require nurturing so that they can develop. We develop the seeds of love and compassion through patience, through diligence and through compassionate action.

17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

 

January Events

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by Laura Roth

On Sunday, Jan. 8th, our new shrine was blessed by Lama Karma Drodul and Lama Zopa.

The blessing was followed by a celebratory reception.

On Saturday, Jan. 14th, we held the first long-term planning meeting to reflect on our history

and purpose as a center and to plan further ahead. This was open to all. Another meeting of this

type will be scheduled in the summer.

February 2017

Posted on February 7th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Highlights for February 2017

On Tuesday, Feb. 7th at 7PM, we will hold a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok. This is an offering of the 5 sense pleasures to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings, in which we share. Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. 6:30PM preparation time.

On weekend of Feb. 10-12, Fri. to Sun., we will show a webcast of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s teaching at KTD, Karma Chagme’s Prayer for Offering Prostrations. Prostrations are the first foundation of preliminary practice. Khenpo Rinpoche will teach the meaning and benefits of prostration practice and the story behind Karma Chagme’s prayer.  Fri. 7-9PM, Sat. 10:30AM-noon & 3:30-5PM, and on Sun. 10:30AM-noon & 2:30-4PM.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28th at 7PM, we will celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year of Female Fire Bird, with special prayers followed by refreshments.

Sunday Programs at 11:15AM:

Feb. 5th: Book study, The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva. Chap. 6 on Patience.

Feb. 10-12th: Webcast of Khenpo Rinpoche’s KTD teaching, Prayer for Offering Prostrations.

Feb. 19th: Introductory teaching, The 6 Perfections, from Khenpo Rinpoche’s book Excellent at the Beginning.

Feb. 26th: No teaching but we will be cleaning the shrine room in preparation for Losar. Many hands would be appreciated!

Tuesday Programs at 7PM:

Feb. 7th: Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok, lead by Laura Roth. (see above)

Feb. 14th: Short Green Tara practice, etc.

Feb. 21st: Chenrezig/Amitabha

Feb. 28th: Losar celebration

Saturday, Feb. 25th: Ngondro group practice starting at 9:30AM for those qualified.

Please Note: A donation of $5 by nonmembers for Sunday teachings is appreciated

Week of February 6-12, 2017

Posted on February 6th, 2017 by Laura Roth

Dear dharma friends,

Tuesday 2/7 7 PM Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok.  A tsok is a powerful purification ritual where we make offerings to Guru Rinpoche and all enlightened beings. After making these offerings, we too share in them.  Please bring a vegetarian snack or non-alcoholic drink to share. 6:30PM preparation time.

Friday – Sunday  2/10 – 2/12 Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche live podcast teaching on Karma Chagme’s Prayer for Offering Prostrations 

Rinpoche will teach about the meaning and benefits of prostration practice and the story behind Karma Chagme’s prayer. 

  • Fri  7-9PM,
  • Sat  10:30AM- noon & 3:30-5PM,
  • Sun  10:30AM-noon & 2:30-4PM.

I sincerely hope you can make it to this weekend’s very special teaching.

Wishing you a blessed, peace-filled and productive week ahead.

Yours in dharma,

Mary Ann Duncan

Even though you know you will die,

Even though every one knows that,

they are deceived by thinking they have plenty of time…

Therefore it is a profound dharma to think of death

Three times every day so that it pierces your heart.

The Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen, by Karma Chakme