Author Archives: Nelson Kent

Week Of January 25-30

Posted on January 25th, 2016 by Nelson Kent

Dear Dharma Friends,

Tuesday 1/26 7 PM Recitation of the Essence of Interdependence Dharani for the long life of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and all spiritual teachers.  Lama Zopa will begin by giving the lung and  brief explanation of the dharani.  All are encouraged to come and receive the lung and participate in this special program.
Thursday 1/28 NO Dakpo Targyen class until March.
Sunday 1/31
  • 9 – 10 AM Chenrezig and Amitabha sadhanas
  • 10 – 11 shamata (tranquility) meditation and tonglen (compassion) meditation 
  • 11:15 Laura Roth will give a teaching on the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa’s environmental initiative.
Wishing you a lovely week.
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
If you keep practicing, all the wonderful qualities of your true nature will gradually reveal themselves.
– Joyful Wisdom by Mingyur Rinpoche –
Week of Jan 18-24, 2016

Posted on January 18th, 2016 by Nelson Kent

Dear Dharma Friends

Tuesday 1/19 7 PM (set up at 6:30) Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok.  A tsok is a feast gathering and powerful purification practice. All are welcomed to attend.  Please bring a vegetarian snack or nonalcoholic beverage to share.
Thursday 11/21 6:30 PM Dakpo Targyen class (advanced), Chapter 11.  If you would like to begin this class, please speak to Lama Zopa.
Saturday 11/23 9:30 AM Ngondro practice for those who have received the transmission and are currently doing the practice or need a jolt of inspiration to get going.  Lama Zopa will teach at the beginning of the session followed by ngondro practice for the rest of the morning.
Sunday 11/24
9 – 10 AM Chenrezig & Amitabha sadhana and Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
10 – 11 shamata (tranquility) meditation, tonglen (compassion) meditation and walking meditation
11:15  Book study Into the Heart of Life by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Chapter 7
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
Yours in the dharma,
Mary Ann Duncan
When harm has been done in return for good deeds,
Even then it is to be answered by great compassion.
The excellent beings of this world
Return a good deed for an evil one.
-from the Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa-
November Events

Posted on December 13th, 2015 by Nelson Kent

On November 13-15 we watched a webcast from KTD of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche teaching on The Benefits of Offering Butter Lamps. This turned out to be fascinating. Rinpoche talked about the merit we acquire through offering light to the Buddha and to enlightened beings, and some esoteric ideas of colors of containers, such as a white container that may be a turnip! At the end a group of students brought in butter lamps they had created under Lama Karuna’s guidance, including small brass and turnip lamps and one huge one.

On November 22nd, we saw and heard the first half of Mingyur Rinpoche’s wonderful teaching on meditating with sound, “Union of Sound and Emptiness”. The second half will be shown in January.