TMC’s Annual Spring Retreat

 TMC’s annual Spring Retreat will feature His Eminence Thritsab Rinpoche.

Schedule as follows:

Saturday, May 27th: Teaching on Achi as “Soul Mother” and empowerment with Thritsab Rinpoche
Sunday, May 28th: Empowerment and Teaching of Vajrayogini Practice
Monday, May 29th: Four Session Practice of Achi
Tuesday, May 30th – Thursday, June 1st: Teaching on “Ray of Sunlight” commentary on the Heart of Mahayana Teachings, and practice of Vajrayogini.
Friday, June 1st: Liberation Puja for benefit of deceased sentient beings
Saturday, June 2nd: Empowerment and Teaching of Sambhogayaka Medicine Buddha in unique Drikung tradition
Sunday, June 3rd: Milarepa Guru Yoga with Tshok, End of Retreat

Download the Official Flyer! TMC Spring Retreat 2017

800th Anniversary of Jigten Sumgon’s Parinirvana in India

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the parinirvana of Drikung Kagyu founder Dharma Lord Jigten Sumgon.  In commemoration of this event, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche and the International Drikung Kagyu Council have announced a great celebration of teachings and rituals to take place in Dehra Dun at Jangchubling, the seat of HH Chetsang Rinpoche, from October 19th to the 25th.  All Drikung Kagyu practitioners are encouraged to attend this event if possible, or alternative events that will happen around the world.  We’ll do our best to keep people informed as to what is happening with this and other Drikung Kagyu events.

Green Tara Empowerment January 22nd!

Sunday, January 22nd Khenpo Tsultrim will bestow the empowerment of the Green Tara Sadhana called “Udamvara Flower,” a portion of the teaching passed down from Marpa Lotsawa to Milarepa called the Three Special deities.  The empowerment will be performed at 10AM.  At 2PM, Khenpo Tsultrim will teach on the practice as well as give the oral transmission.  We will then perform the practice.

Please join us for this empowerment and teaching on January 22nd!

Winter Retreat Live Audio Stream!

The Winter Retreat is underway with two great days so far of teachings by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin and an elaborate Mani Accumulation practice!  Today and tomorrow we continue with teachings on the Ganges Mahamudra and more practice of Chenrezig.  On Friday, we are blessed to have the opportunity to receive the Milarepa Sadhana practice from Chenga Rinpoche, and teachings on this practice in the afternoon.  On Saturday, Chenga Rinpoche will graciously bestow the empowerment of Mahakala, and in the afternoon he will teach on the same.

If you can’t make it here, you can join us for the teaching sessions on our YouTube Channel: Click here!

Live streams will be available for all teaching sessions, so 10AM today and tomorrow, and 2PM Friday and Saturday.  Recordings will be available online shortly thereafter each day.  High resolution video will be available next week.  Thanks for joining us!

Winter Retreat Schedule!

tilopaTMC’s winter retreat is just around the corner, and we’re excited to finally release the final schedule!  Please join us for the annual Mani Drubchen, as well as teachings by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin on the Ganges Mahamudra instructions from Tilopa to Naropa, as well as special guest lama His Eminence the Second Chenga Rinpoche, who will teach on and give empowerments of Milarepa and Mahakala.


Long Life Empowerment and HH Chungtsang R.’s Birthday this weekend!

Join us Saturday, November 19th as Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin bestows the long-life empowerment of Amitayus, in the tradition of Rechungpa. In the Tibetan tradition, this powerful practice for lengthening life is often taken prior to beginning long retreats or practice cycles such as Ngondro, in order to ensure the practitioner lives to complete the practice.

amitayusempowermentThe empowerment practice will begin at 10AM on Saturday, with a lunch provided at noon. In the afternoon, there will be instruction on the practice.

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!

Medicine Buddha Empowerment and Teaching next Sunday!


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.

Naga Puja on Sunday, October 9th!

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 recovering in hospital, White Tara mandala at TMC

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.

White Tara for KTT