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February 2018

Essence of Buddhism

Feb. 3 Saturday 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Feb. 24 Saturday 2:30 - 4:00 PM

From taking refuge to the Triple Gem to the essence of Four Noble Truths, Geshe Tenzin Choephel Rinpoche kindly gives the series teachings on the Essence of Buddhism to all Buddhist practitioners, with a special focus on the way of practice in our daily life.

Chinese Yamantaka Discussion

Feb. 4 Sunday 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Feb. 25 Sunday 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Teachings on A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

With Geshe Tenzin Chophel Rinpoche

Feb. 4 Sunday 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Feb. 11 Sunday 3:30 - 5:30 PM

In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Composed in the eighth century by the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since. Santideva presents methods to harmonize one's life with the Bodhisattva ideal and inspires one to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, patience, zeal, meditative concentration and wisdom.

Center Cleaning

Feb. 11 Sunday 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Pabongka Rinpoche in Liberation in the Palm of your Hand, he quotes a sutra where it says, '“Dirt” is not the dirt on the ground: It is the dirt of attachment." Cleaning the center is a great opportunity to create merits, and to also clean out the dirt not only in the center, but also within our own minds.

Losar Palden Lhamo Short Practice

Feb. 16 Friday 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Losar is the Tibetan New Year. Tibetan New Year is the most important festival in Tibet. It is an occasion when Tibetan families reunite and expect a better coming year. Known as Losar, the festival starts from 1st to 3rd of the 1st Tibetan month. Palden Lhamo is the Dharma protector of Gaden Jangtse Monastery and of Tibet.

Losar Nyung Ne Purification Practice

Feb. 17 (Saturday) - Feb. 19 (Monday)

The extremely powerful purification practice of Nyung Nä was given to a nun, Gelongma Palmo, directly by Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion, as a method to cure herself of leprosy and eventually to attain her enlightenment. The Nyung Nä retreat is a two-day intensive practice that includes extensive chanting and full prostrations with each session, daily 24-hour Mahayana precepts, and the addition of complete fasting (no drinking as well) and silence on the second day. Doing just one Nyung Na or “abiding in retreat,” in such a short two-day period is extremely powerful for healing illnesses, purifying negative karma and opening the heart to compassion.

Chophel Rinpoche will lead the retreat. Prayers will be recited in Tibetan, Chinese and English; sometimes all three languages will be recited simultaneously, and at other times, Tibetan will be followed by English and Chinese together. You may attend the entire retreat or just one day. If you are unable to attend, but would like to help sponsor the retreat, please contact the office. Flowers or food offerings for the altar are always welcome. Thank you.

For registration, please email
Registration: We must receive your registration by February 9 to provide enough food and prayer books.

Guru Puja with Tsog

Feb. 10 Saturday 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Feb. 25 Sunday 3:30 - 5:00 PM

Please join us for Guru Puja practice. Feel free to bring a tsog offering such as fruit, baked goods, or other individually wrapped edibles. For those students who do not have time to prepare offerings for Tsog, monetary offerings can be made for the Center to prepare on your behalf.

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