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.
Many people have asked and now there is finally an answer, the next cycle of our Introduction to Buddhism class will begin on November 1st. This class covers the basics of Buddhist philosophy and religious beliefs, and introduces the student to broad Buddhist concepts as well as information unique to Tibetan Buddhism and the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. Please continue to check back for more detailed information!
Khenpo Tsultrim will lead an Amitayus retreat the weekend of July 25-26. On Saturday, July 25, he will bestow the empowerment and give a teaching in the morning; in the afternoon, he will lead practice. On Sunday, July 26, Khenpo Tsultrim will lead Amitayus practice. Saturday hours: 10-noon and 2-5; Sunday hours: 10-noon and 2-4. Cost is $25 for one day; $45 for the weekend.
TMC will sponsor an interfaith forum on Spiritual Path and Enivronmentalism on July 7 in downtown Frederick. His Holiness Kyabgon Chetsang will participate as the representative of the Buddhist tradition. Other scheduled speakers will explain the views of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism as well as any ongoing projects in this area. There will also be a discussion among panelists and an opportunity for questions and answers. The event will take place at Grace United Church of Christ, 25 East 2nd Street; doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event will be from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
We will be holding a discussion group on Open Heart, Clear Mind by Thubten Chodron starting on June 7 and continuing until July 26. This group will be open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike!
The group will meet Sundays, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM in downtown Frederick at Frederick Meditation Center, 1 West Church St, Frederick, MD.
We invite you to join us in reading and discussing this book!
TMC’s annual spring retreat has kicked off with teachings from His Eminence Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, including an empowerment for the practice of naga pujas and and empowerment and teachings on the Drikung Five-fold Mahamudra.
Beginning Tuesday, Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will teach from his recently published book, Profound Protection. This coming Saturday, Khenpo Rinpoche will perform an empowerment of Mahakala in the morning session, and continue with White Dzambhala and Achi protector practices in the afternoon.
Come out and join us for any of the days! A donation of $45 is recommended, but none are ever turned away for lack of funds!
Khenpo Tsultrim has been requested to give teachings to practitioners in Chile. He left April 24 and will return May 12. We wish him a safe trip and look forward to his return.
Now that the first 2015 session of Introduction to Buddhism has ended, we will be offering a book study group from June 7 to July 26. It will be held 1:00-2:30 on Sundays at the Frederick Meditation Center, 1 West Church Street, Frederick. It will not be necessary to have taken the Introduction to Buddhism course in order to enjoy and benefit from the study group. We will read and discuss a text that considers basic and integral concepts of Tibetan Buddhism. The book, Open Heart, Clear Mind by Thubten Chodron, is available at TMC, FMC and, for Kindle, through Amazon. The discussions will be led by senior members of TMC. Suggested donation is $10/class.
We are still working out the final details, but we have the preliminary schedule for this year’s Spring Retreat, May 23-30. We are honored to have Venerable Drikung Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche from the Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center in New Jersey returning May 23- May 25 for naga rituals and teachings on his Commentary to the Fivefold Path to Mahamudra:
Saturday, May 23: am- Naga empowerment; pm- Naga puja
Sunday, May 24: am- Fivefold Path torma empowerment; pm-teaching on Fivefold Path
Monday, May 25: all day- teaching on Fivefold Path
Note: The text that Rinpoche will be using on Sunday and Monday will be made available in digital form so that retreatants can download and print their own copies beforehand. A limited number of copies will be available for sale at the retreat. We encourage you to preregister to make sure there are enough copies of the text.
Tuesday, May 26- Friday, May 29- all day- Khenpo Tsultrim teaching from his book, Profound Protection: A Commentary on Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Seven Supplications to Tara. Note: This book is currently available in the TMC bookstore.
Saturday, May 30:am- Mahakala empowerment; pm- Protector and White Dzambhala puja
ANNUAL MEMBERS” MEETING will be held on Saturday, May 23 at the conclusion of the afternoon teachings.
Preregistration will be available starting early May. The cost of the retreat is $45/day or $325 for the whole 8-day retreat. The cost of the text is $15. Vegetarian lunches will be available daily for $5.