Please join us on Sunday, February 4 at 10 am for Lama Chodpa practice. The regular practice of the Lama Chodpa (offerings to the Lama) venerates our lineage founder, Dharma Lord Jigten Sumgon. Please bring a vegetarian food item to share, such as cookies, fruit, nuts, and so on. Please also bring a non-perishable food item to offer to Frederick Food Bank
On Sunday, January 21 at 10 am, Drupon Phuntsok will lead a sadhana practice and then give a lesson on Tibetan ritual instruments, including the drums, cymbals, wind instruments, and chöd drum. Please join us!
Please join us on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 10 am. Khenpo Tsultrim will bestow the Vajrapani empowerment.
Please join us on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 10 am. Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will continue teachings on the text Rays of Sunlight: A Commentary on the Heart of the Mahayana Teachings by Ayang Thubten Rinpoche. The Heart of the Mahayana Teachings is a concise and clear exposition of Jigten Sumgon’s teachings on the Mahayana path and as such is one of the most precious teachings of the Drikung Kagyu. In this year which commemorates the 800th Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of our Incomparable Dharma Lord, we are blessed to receive these teachings from our spiritual director.
Please join us on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 10 am for a sadhana practice with Khenpo and Drupon. After practice, we will have momos cooked by Khenpo and Drupon for lunch.
The much-anticipated 2017 Winter Retreat begins on Tuesday, December 26th!
The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, December 26th through Friday, December 29th:
Morning Session (10AM to 12PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will teach on the text Rays of Sunlight: A Commentary on the Heart of the Mahayana Teachings by Ayang Thubten Rinpoche. The Heart of the Mahayana Teachings is a concise and clear exposition of Jigten Sumgon’s teachings on the Mahayana path and as such is one of the most precious teachings of the Drikung Kagyu. In this year which commemorates the 800th Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of our Incomparable Dharma Lord, we are blessed to receive these teachings from our spiritual director.
Afternoon Session (2PM to 5PM): Drubpon Phuntsok Gyaltsen will lead the 1000-armed Chenrezig Mani Accumulation Practice. This practice is the main practice focus of our Winter Retreat each year. The accumulation of compassion mantras for the benefit of all sentient beings and the practice of the Bodhisattva Chenrezig helps us to look with compassion towards the New Year and dedicate ourselves to the benefit of all sentient beings.
Saturday, December 30th:
Morning Session (10AM to 12PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will bless us by conferring the Thousand Armed Chenrezig empowerment.
Afternoon Session (2PM to 5PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will bless us with the teaching and oral transmission of the practice of Thousand Armed Chenrezig.
Sunday, December 31st:
Morning and Afternoon Sessions: In commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of Jigten Sumgon, we will practice the Four Session Guru Yoga, led by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin and Drubpon Phuntsok Gyaltsen.
Monday, January 1st:
Morning Session: In conclusion of the retreat, in order to bring the blessings into the New Year and seal the accumulated merit, we will practice a Lama Chodpa with Ganatsakra Feast Offering. All are encouraged to bring something to share in the feast, as well as canned goods to be donated to Frederick Food Bank. This will conclude the Winter Retreat.
Each day there will be a break for lunch from 12PM to 2PM.
Suggested Donation for each day is $30, or $150 for the entire retreat. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Meal donations have been arranged, but those who would like to offer meals or service during the retreat should contact Sue Devall.
This week and the following two Sundays until the Winter Retreat, Khenpo Tsultrim will be teaching from an unreleased draft text on the practice of Vajrayana, based on an original series of teachings given in 2004 by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin. The draft document pending publication is available here.
After the teachings, the text will be finalized and released for distribution as a free e-book.
Sangha Members and Friends will meet at TMC on Saturday, December 9th at 9 am to carpool to Shady Grove Metro station and then commute to an exhibit at the Freer Sackler Smithsonian Gallery called Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia. We will visit the the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room on view, sample classic Himalayan dishes from DC’s Dorjee Momo and hear chef Dorjee Tsering describe his culinary inspirations at 12 and 3 pm.
The gallery opens at 11 am for those who would prefer to meet at the gallery. Closest subway stop is the Smithsonian Station.
This year has been another exciting year for the lineage, with the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the commemoration of our Dharma Lord, Jigten Sumgon. It’s also been a strong year for TMC. As the end of the Western year 2017 approaches, we look forward to continuing our mission going forward. Please read this year end message from our President!