TMC is happy to announce that our founder, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche, will be our special guest teacher for this year’s Spring Retreat, May 28-June 4th. You are invited to join us for precious teachings from the founder of the Tibetan Meditation Center. Save the dates and continue to watch this website, our Facebook page, or our mailing list for information about prior registration. You won’t want to miss a day of Rinpoche’s teachings, so start planning now!
The practice of Nyungne is a phenomenal practice for the accumulation of vast merit and the purification of many lifetimes of afflictive emotions and impure actions. Join us beginning on the evening of Thursday, February 17th as we undertake a 4 day retreat for the incomparable practice of Nyungne.
Nyungne practice is an intensive short retreat involving fasting, prostration, and carrying the eight pratimoksha vows for the duration. Thursday evening will start with a single session at 7:30PM. On Friday morning, we will begin with taking the vows at the first session, around 5:30AM. After lunch on Friday, only fluid sustenance will be permissible. Beginning with the first session on Saturday, no food or drink will be permitted, until Sunday morning at sunrise. On Friday and Saturday, we will practice four sessions each day. Sunday morning we will conclude the practice. Texts will be provided as necessary.
The Nyungne retreat will be observed in silence, but the facilities will still be open. Participants are invited to stay at the TMC through the duration of the practice to ensure that the vows are maintained. Attendees who are unable to attend for the duration are still welcome to attend as they can.
Donations of $35 per day or $100 for the duration are suggested. As always, nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.
Thursday, 18 February: Evening Session, 7:30PM
Friday, 19 February: Four sessions of practice beginning at 5:30AM. No solid food after lunch.
Saturday, 20 February: Four sessions of practice beginning 5:30AM. No food or liquid intake all day.
Sunday, 21 February: Closing session beginning at 5:30AM.
This Sunday we have our regular monthly Lama Chöpa practice. This practice of offering a feast for our lineage masters and gurus is an important practice for developing devotion and accumulating merit and blessings. Please remember to bring something for the offering as well as for our donation to the Frederick food drive.
This Tuesday, February 9th, is the Tibetan New Year, Losar. Some members of the TMC community will be at TMC to ensure it remains open for anyone who wishes to visit and to assist with anyone wanting to perform practices or making offerings on the first day of the Fire Monkey Year.
Sunday practices will also be elaborate to celebrate the incoming Tibetan New Year.
Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin remains traveling through Europe and will soon begin the second leg of his trip to India. We wish him well and pray that his travels will benefit many beings. We look forward to his return!
President Julie Blair sends her greetings and a recap of this year’s fantastic activities. Highlights include our Spring Retreat, and the Interfaith forum on the Environment with His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche!
Greetings to TMC members and supporters
The schedule of events for our annual winter retreat is now available. Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will be giving empowerment and teachings on Logyönma, and on the Garland of Blazing Wishfulfilling Gems. We will also have our 8th annual Mani Drupchen. Please download the attached flyer for details!
2016 TMC Winter Retreat
The much anticipated Buddhism 101 course will begin its next cycle this Sunday, November 1st, at 1PM. It will be located at the Frederick Meditation Center in downtown Frederick at 1 West Church St.
Please also join us at the center for Lama Chopa with Tsok this Sunday. We will also be having a smoke offering and raising prayer flags to celebrate His Holiness Chungtsang Rinpoche’s birthday. Don’t forget to bring some non-perishable food item for the Frederick charity donation.
We will now have Dharma Protector and White Dzambhala practices every Wednesday night at 7:30PM, including tonight. Also don’t forget Thursday night Shamatha meditations at 7PM.
Please join us Wednesday evenings at 7:30PM as we practice White Dzambhala and Lineage Dharma Protector Achi Chokyi Drolma. These regular practices bring protection and removal of obstacles in our Dharma paths.
TMC has launched a new YouTube Channel which will host videos of teachings by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin as well as visiting Lamas. Currently, it has the first and soon the second parts of Khenpo Tsultrim’s commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra.
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Join us tomorrow evening at 7PM as we practice the Drikung Phowa Chenmo on the auspicious lunar full moon. Tonight, please remember to enjoy the astrologically auspicious total lunar eclipse, coinciding with the blood moon and supermoon!
Next Sunday is the first Sunday of October, and therefore we will have a Lama Chöpa with Tsok offering. Look for Khenpo’s teachings on the Uttaratantra Shastra to resume on October 11. Missed today’s teaching? Watch for an upcoming announcement of our newly re-launched online teachings in the coming week.
Illness must be understood, its causes eliminated,
Wellbeing must be attained, and medicine taken.
Likewise, suffering, its causes, their cessation and the path
Must in turn be understood, eliminated, realized and relied upon.
So states Asanga in the Uttaratantra Shastra, or Sublime Continuum, a definitive work which elaborates on the Buddha Nature teachings, transmitted to Asanga by Bodhisattva Maitreya. Join us beginning this Sunday, September 27th as Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin gives the first of a series of teachings exploring this text, what Buddha nature is, and what it means for us in our practice.