Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin’s artificial pacemaker placement in New Delhi was a success, and he is currently recovering in the hospital. We await news tomorrow morning regarding his plans for convalescence and eventual return to the United States after he is cleared medically for flight. Meanwhile, many monasteries and centers around the world have been performing prayers and pujas on his behalf at the request of His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche. Tibetan Meditation Center has also been engaging in White Tara practices for long life, as well as Medicine Buddha. A White Tara Mandala was established on Sunday and will remain in place until the following Sunday. TMC is open from 7AM to 7PM daily for anyone wishing to practice. Sunday’s practice will include the dissolution of the mandala.
Sunday, June 19 Khenpo Tsultrim will bestow the empowerment for the practice of Green Tara, the Tara of Enlightened Activities. Tara is the enlightened female Buddha who grants blessings in myriad forms. Green Tara in specific is associated with the fulfillment of Dharma-according wishes and benefit for the practitioner, as well as being a fully enlightened Buddha. Practitioners wishing to attend the retreat the following weekend are strongly encouraged to receive this empowerment.
Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 Khenpo Tsultrim will lead a retreat on the Four Session Mandala Practice of Tara called The Refined Drop of Immortality. Practice will begin at 10AM on both days. Those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to attend the empowerment on Sunday, June 19!
Suggested Donation: $45/day, $135 for empowerment and both days of retreat. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds.
Thank you to everyone who participated to make the 2016 Spring Retreat a fantastic success! Many people joined us both at the TMC as well as online via livestream to attend precious teachings of Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin on a variety of topics pertaining to how we can all live more fulfilling and happy lives benefiting all sentient beings.
High quality video will be available on YouTube in the coming days. Until then, all livestreamed sessions are already online and available on our YouTube channel.
The Long Life prayer for Khenchen Rinpoche from the end of the Lama Chodpa practice at the end of the retreat is available for download in printable format in the link below.
Khenchen Rinpoche has been teaching from a small booklet of verses he has composed. The five verses are presented here in English and Tibetan, with permission.
1. Composite phenomena are impermanent like water-bubbles.
There is no instant of real happiness in samsara.
Those who desire to be released from the seal of suffering,
The wise ones, should take refuge in the Triple Gem.
2. The source of all happiness and joy
For oneself and all sentient beings,
Is loving kindness, compassion, and bodhicitta.
This is the basic disposition of cause and result dependent relation.
3. All phenomena are discursive thoughts
And discursive thoughts are solely mind.
Mind, as it is, is primordially unborn,
Like the sky, free from boundaries and a center.
4. From the natural radiance of Dharmakaya, free from proliferation,
The power of the union of wisdom and compassion spontaneously arises.
Within the dimension of the knowable the awakened activities are performed
For the benefit of beings in whatever way they are tamed.
5. One’s own mind is set in the state of bliss
By mindfulness, alertness, and heedfulness.
In the mandala of ultimate bodhicitta
Within the non-referential sphere, the root of virtue is dedicated.
E MA HO
This has been composed by the eminent Khensur Konchog Gyaltshen on the 4th of September, 2014.
Translated by Konchog Yeshe Metog, Schneverdingen, September 2014.
It is our excellent good fortune to be able to provide teachings from our Spring Retreat live on YouTube! If you are incapable of attending these teachings in person, please consider joining us on YouTube!
TMC’s annual Spring Retreat, this year featuring teachings from Khenchen Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, will begin Saturday! The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, May 28,
Morning (10AM-12PM): Khenchen Rinpoche, Monkey Year Great Drikung Phowa Transmission
Afternoon (2PM-5PM): Khenpo Tsultrim, Phowa instruction and practice
Sunday, May 29,
Morning: Khenchen Rinpoche, Drikung Bodhisattva Vows
Afternoon: Khenpo Tsultrim, Phagmo Drupa’s teachings on the Bodhisattva Vow of Conduct
Monday, May 30,
Morning: Khenchen Rinpoche, Vajra Song teachings
Afternoon: Khenpo Tsultrim, Teaching on Cintamani, Garland of Blazing Wish-fulfilling Gem
Tuesday, May 31—Anniversary of Jigten Sumgon’s Parinirvana
Morning: Khenchen Rinpoche, Life Story of Lord Jigten Sumgon, from Vajra Songs
Afternoon: Khenpo Tsultrim, Four Sessions of Guru Yoga,
Night (7PM): Candlelight Offering Ceremony
Wednesday, June 1—Friday, June 3: Same schedule as, May 30
Saturday, June 4,
Morning: Khenchen Rinpoche, Amitayus Long-Life Empowerment
Afternoon: Khenpo Tsultrim, Amitayus instruction and practice
Sunday, June 5,
Morning: Lama Chodpa with Tsok, end of Spring Retreat
You can join us for any day that you are able! Donations are suggested but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. All teaching and practice materials will be available.
We look forward to welcoming Khenchen Rinpoche back to Tibetan Meditation Center, and to welcoming you all to these auspicious teachings!
Meditation is a key part of Buddhist practice. Here to make Buddhist meditations available to meditators Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike, Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, Spiritual Director of the Tibetan Meditation Center, will teach:
April 29: The Four Noble Truths
May 6: The Four Thoughts that Turn the Mind to Dharma
May 13: Lovingkindness and Compassion
May 20: Mindfulness
May 27: Distinguishing Buddhism from Non-Buddhism
Friday Nights from 7 to 9PM, please join us at Frederick Meditation Center in downtown Frederick for these sublime teachings!
Spring Retreat 2016 is shaping up to look like one of the best to date, with the return of Khenchen Rinpoche for the first time since 2012. Register now to let us know you’ll be joining us! Pre-Registration helps us ensure we have enough materials for everyone and that we can provide the best possible Spring Retreat experience. Register today!
Thank you to Khenpo Tsultrim for another excellent meditation retreat, and for everyone who attended and donated for supporting our center!
This coming Saturday we will be having a day of service to work on the grounds at TMC in preparation for Spring as well as to begin an extensive development plan for TMC’s grounds. Starting at 10AM, TMC members are asked to consider donating their time, energy, and skills for the benefit of sentient beings and our center. Projects will include beautification work around the Stupa, cleaning around the sheds and huts, planting flowers, and other grounds work to be determined. Lunch will be provided! We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your efforts to help us constantly improve our center.