Spring Retreat 2016 is shaping up to look like one of the best to date, with the return of Khenchen Rinpoche for the first time since 2012. Register now to let us know you’ll be joining us! Pre-Registration helps us ensure we have enough materials for everyone and that we can provide the best possible Spring Retreat experience. Register today!
Thank you to Khenpo Tsultrim for another excellent meditation retreat, and for everyone who attended and donated for supporting our center!
This coming Saturday we will be having a day of service to work on the grounds at TMC in preparation for Spring as well as to begin an extensive development plan for TMC’s grounds. Starting at 10AM, TMC members are asked to consider donating their time, energy, and skills for the benefit of sentient beings and our center. Projects will include beautification work around the Stupa, cleaning around the sheds and huts, planting flowers, and other grounds work to be determined. Lunch will be provided! We look forward to seeing you there and appreciate your efforts to help us constantly improve our center.
It’s not too late to register for this weekend’s Shamatha Retreat. Join us to receive instruction from Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin in the fundamental Buddhist practice of calm-abiding meditation. Khenpo Tsultrim will teach from Shamatha to Mahamudra, an early instructional text pertinent to meditation beginners as well as advanced practitioners. Sessions will include instruction and practice of calm-abiding meditation. You won’t want to miss this special weekend long retreat!
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!
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!
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.