- 2017 Winter Retreat
The much-anticipated 2017 Winter Retreat begins on Tuesday, December 26th!
The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, December 26th through Friday, December 29th:
Morning Session (10AM to 12PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will teach on the text Rays of Sunlight: A Commentary on the Heart of the Mahayana Teachings by Ayang Thubten Rinpoche. The Heart of the Mahayana Teachings is a concise and clear exposition of Jigten Sumgon’s teachings on the Mahayana path and as such is one of the most precious teachings of the Drikung Kagyu. In this year which commemorates the 800th Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of our Incomparable Dharma Lord, we are blessed to receive these teachings from our spiritual director.
Afternoon Session (2PM to 5PM): Drubpon Phuntsok Gyaltsen will lead the 1000-armed Chenrezig Mani Accumulation Practice. This practice is the main practice focus of our Winter Retreat each year. The accumulation of compassion mantras for the benefit of all sentient beings and the practice of the Bodhisattva Chenrezig helps us to look with compassion towards the New Year and dedicate ourselves to the benefit of all sentient beings.
Saturday, December 30th:
Morning Session (10AM to 12PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will bless us by conferring the Thousand Armed Chenrezig empowerment.
Afternoon Session (2PM to 5PM): Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin will bless us with the teaching and oral transmission of the practice of Thousand Armed Chenrezig.
Sunday, December 31st:
Morning and Afternoon Sessions: In commemoration of the 800th Anniversary of the Mahaparinirvana of Jigten Sumgon, we will practice the Four Session Guru Yoga, led by Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin and Drubpon Phuntsok Gyaltsen.
Monday, January 1st:
Morning Session: In conclusion of the retreat, in order to bring the blessings into the New Year and seal the accumulated merit, we will practice a Lama Chodpa with Ganatsakra Feast Offering. All are encouraged to bring something to share in the feast, as well as canned goods to be donated to Frederick Food Bank. This will conclude the Winter Retreat.
Each day there will be a break for lunch from 12PM to 2PM.
Suggested Donation for each day is $30, or $150 for the entire retreat. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Meal donations have been arranged, but those who would like to offer meals or service during the retreat should contact Sue Devall.
- 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.