Spring Retreat May 23-30

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.

Khenpo Tsultrim’s new book now available

Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin’s new book, Profound Protection: A Commentary on Lord Jigten Sumgon’s Seven Supplications to Tara, is now available.  This treatise is based upon the well-known text written by Lord Jigten Sumgon while on retreat.  His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche has said that this is one of the most precious texts and has himself distributed the seven verses to many practitioners.  Inspired by His Eminence, Khenpo Tsultrim has worked on this own commentary based upon the commentary by the great Drikung scholar Konchog Norsang.  The book, which includes the blessing of forwards written by His Eminence and by His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, will be used as a teaching text during this year’s Spring Retreat.

Welcome home tea for Khenpo CANCELED

Due to changes in Khenpo’s flight from India, he will not be arriving until Sunday  (March 8) evening so the 4:00 tea is canceled.   On March 22 we will be welcoming “graduating” members of the Introduction to Buddhism class to our 10:00 practice, followed by tea and cookies. Please join us then to welcome home Khenpo after his two month trip to India and to welcome to TMC the Intro graduates.  Just a small gathering with tea and cookies but hope to see you there for some fellowship with your sangha.

Losar

DUE TO WEATHER, PLEASE CALL TMC (301/473-5750) to see if we are open on Saturday, February 21 for the Losar open house 10-5.  It is more likely than not that the open house will not be taking place due to predictions of snow accumulation.

Intro to Buddhism, January 11-March 1

A new session of Intro to Buddhism began on January 11, 2015.   It will run for 8 Sundays from noon to 1:30 and will be held at the Frederick Meditation Center, 1 West Church Street (top floor) in downtown Frederick (corner of West Church and North Market Sts).  Although it is recommended to begin at week one, the course can be started or attended at any week.  Due to weather cancellations which changed the overall timing of the course, the topics for the course are: January 11: orientation; January 18, Buddha; January 25, Dharma and Sangha; February 1, Intro to Practice; February 8, meditation; March 8, cosmology; March 15, tantra and refuge.  The final class on March 22 will be held at the TMC location in Gambrill Park, starting at 10:00 and concluding at noon, followed by a tea reception.  The course will be taught by senior TMC practitioners.  No advance registration required.  No set fee but suggested donation of $10/weeek.

Khenpo Tsultrim due to return Nov 6

Khenpo Tsultrim has been teaching and traveling through Europe for the past three weeks.  He is due to return to TMC on November 6.  On November 9 we will have a smoke offering and celebration for Chungtsang Rinpoche’s birthday and for Buddha’s return from the God realm.  Come join us for a potluck lunch and a chance to mingle with fellow sangha members.