On Sunday, we will celebrate the Lhabab Duchen, the festival commemorating Buddha Shakyamuni’s return from the Tushita God Realms. We will also celebrate His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche’s birthday, with members of the local Tibetan community. Smoke offerings and so on are on the agenda, dress appropriately in case of rain! Bring a food item to share in with the community on this auspicious day!
Sunday, October 23rd Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will bestow the empowerment of Medicine Buddha in the morning, followed by a teaching on Medicine Buddha’s aspiration vows upon attaining Buddhahood. Medicine Buddha is a bodhisattva who made the aspirations to benefit sick and dying beings through limitless Buddha activities. The practice of Medicine Buddha is not only powerful for healing illnesses and disease, but also for overcoming the sickness of attachment, hatred, and ignorance.
The empowerment ceremony will begin at 10AM, followed by a break for lunch from noon until 2PM, and a teaching by Khenpo Tsultrim until 5PM. Standard suggested donation of $45 applies, nobody is turned away for lack of funds and all are welcome.
This coming Sunday, October 9th is an auspicious day for practicing the naga puja that propitiates the local nagas. Gyalpo Rinpoche empowered and taught the TMC this special practice of Nagaraja Buddha at the request of Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin in 2015, and it is important to regularly practice on appropriate days. This Sunday is an appropriate day to join in this excellent practice.
The naga spirits are waterborn spirits said to exist in the human realms, whose king became a follower of Buddha. The practice of Nagaraja Buddha involves the evocation of the nagas, and making offerings of food and teachings of Buddhism to the nagas.
Because nagas are extremely particular, we request that anyone attending please refrain from eating any meat, eggs, or strongly pungent foods such as onions, prior to attending.
Practice will be led by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, who is recovered from his operation.
A Look Ahead:
On October 16th, Khenpo Tsultrim will resume his teachings on the Uttaratantra Shastra.
On October 23rd, Khenpo Tsultrim will bestow the empowerment of Medicine Buddha in the morning, and teach on Medicine Buddha’s eight aspiration vows in the afternoon.
More details will be forthcoming as the time approaches.
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!