Ngondro: Exploring the Essentials of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation & Practice with Lama Laia in Tennessee
September 15 – September 17
The essential meaning of all the teachings of the Buddha is to liberate all beings from suffering and its causes, foster harmony and peace, and become thoroughly familiar with the nature and qualities of one’s own mind. The complete and direct realization of this path is buddhahood.
The Tibetan Buddhist foundational practices of Ngondro embody all the teachings of the Buddha. They are a perfect and complete framework for cultivating a balanced, effective, and rewarding spiritual practice.
During this meditation retreat we will explore these essential practices that keep our minds and hearts connected with the true nature, and moving steadily on a firm and peaceful journey to enlightenment.
We will study and practice the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro according to the lineage instructions of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche (1938-2010) and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, great Nyingma masters and scholars who founded the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center to preserve the authentic teachings and practices of the Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava. Khenpo Tsewang Rinpoche is fully versed in the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana schools, and is a master of Dzogchen, the most advanced tradition of meditation practice in Tibetan Buddhism.
All are welcome!
Starts: Noon, Friday September 15th
Ends: 3PM, Sunday September 17th
Padma Gochen Ling in Monterey, Tennessee
The retreat prayer texts we will be using :
• Dudjom Tersar Ngondro. This will be the pri- mary practice for this retreat.
• Buddha Sadhana – Used for morning practice. Some copies are available in the Temple.
• Daily PBC Prayers Extended Edition – Opening and closing prayers for every practice.
• The Mountain of Burnt Offerings – Fire Puja practice
• White Umbrella
• Offering Prayers to the Dharma Protectors – Dharmapala practice
• Illuminating the Path by Ven. Khenpo Rinpoches
PBC Members: $60
From Tashi Choling:
We are sad to have to inform you all that this year’s teachings with Venerable Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche at Tashi Choling have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing smokey conditions and poor air quality in this area.
This year, there are many wildfires surrounding Tashi Choling. None of them are anywhere near threatening the center at this point, but the smoke pollution has been very bad for the past 4 weeks–and the National Weather Service has issued air quality alerts daily and projects “patchy smoke” in the forecast for an indefinite period of time until the fires are all contained. Many of these days, the air quality has been considered “hazardous.” People have been wearing masks outside and spending as much time inside as possible, and children and the elderly are supposed to stay indoors. Everyone can physically feel the stress of this of these smokey conditions in the air.
So, we after much soul-searching and fretting, we finally decided that it might be better if Venerable Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche and Lama Lorraine were offered the option of going ahead with the planned visit or instead splitting their time between Portland and ODD. After much consideration of Khenpo’s health, they decided it would probably be best to put off their visit to Tashi Choling for a future date and split their time this year between Portland and ODD.
In the meantime, please pray for all the many, many beings who have suffered in these horrible fires in the Pacific Northwest this year. Although Tashi Choling has not been directly threatened by these wildfires, we have nevertheless felt their presence. Moreover, many beings, including countless animals and insects, have lost their lives or suffered greatly as a result of these fires. Please pray for them: OM MANI PADME HUNG.
September 21-24, 2017
Tashi Choling is excited to announce that Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, a renowned holder of the Dudjom lineage and a close student of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, will be visiting Tashi Choling and offering teachings on the practice of Chimed Sok Tig as well as a special teaching on His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche!
Keep reading for complete schedule and other details!
The Noble Stainless Beams of Light Sutra states:
Noble sons and daughters! Whoever circumambulates or make offerings to a stupa will be blessed by Tathagatas, move to the supreme enlightened state through a non-returning path, and purify all of their karmic obscurations. Even if the shadow of a stupa touches birds, animals, deer, or whomever, they will not be reborn in the lower realms.
Thus, in the sutras and tantras the Buddha taught extensively about the benefits of building stupas, as well as the benefits to those who support and make contact with stupas.
If you would like to support this glorious, meritorious project in honor of our lineage masters, or a loved one, please go to the PBC website ( www.padmasambhava.org/psl-temple-stupa-garden/ ) or mail a check payable to “PBC” to Padma Samye Ling monastery, and note in the memo who the donation is being made on behalf of.
Watch this video to learn how you can participate.
Thanks so very much!
On April 2, 2017 at Padma Samye Ling during the One Month Dzogchen Retreat, Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche announced that a long-standing dream of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and his was coming true: Today begins the carving of five New Stupas that will be installed in the Padma Samye Ling monastery meadow!
Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche is so delighted to have had the great opportunity to offer the Refuge Ceremony to the Yangsi reincarnation of Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche, named Palden Yonten Thaye Lodro, in front of the Boudhanath Stupa Jarong Khashor in Nepal, on the morning of the 10th Day of Guru Padmasambhava known as Shantarakshita, March 7, 2017, in the presence of many devoted disciples of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche.