- 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!
- 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.
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!
- Introduction to Buddhism begins again November 1st!
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!
- Uttaratantra Shastra teachings with Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin starts this Sunday!
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.
- Sunday morning practice / teachings
Sunday Morning Practice.
Monthly rotation of Lama Chopa, ongoing teachings on varied topics by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin, and practices from Pearl Rosary.
Weekly from 10:00am to 12 noon.
See the events calendar below for exact dates and topics.
- Sunday afternoons (will resume in fall, 2015)
Introduction to Buddhism
This program, offered Sunday afternoons, is specifically designed for those who are new to Buddhism and would like to learn some of the basic foundational ideas and views in an open, non-dogmatic and inquiry-based context. Topics such as the Four Noble Truths, Altruistic Mind, Ethics and Morality, Wisdom and Compassion, Four Immeasurable Minds (love, compassion, joy and equanimity), Three Vehicles (hinayana, mahayana and vajrayana), and Buddha-nature. This program is informal and is being presented in rotating pairs of five senior students of the center. Classes 1-7 will be at Frederick Meditation Center, 1 West Church Street, Frederick. Class 8 will be at TMC. Suggested donation $10/class but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
- Thursdays – Calm Abiding Meditation
In Buddhism, meditation practice generally falls under two basic types – calm-abiding meditation (shamatha) and special-insight meditation (vipashyana). On Thursday nights, a long-time student of Khenchen Rinpoché, Dr. Sam, gives detailed instructions (as needed), but more importantly, provides an opportunity for the practice of calm-abiding meditation. Other than having its own obvious benefits, calm-abiding is the basis of all other more advanced meditations. See the events calendar below for exact dates. Please visit our Meditation page for full details.
To view or print the calendar of events, click here.