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dear Dharma brother and sister!

posted Feb 19, 2012, 1:04 AM by Khenpo Karten   [ updated May 1, 2012, 2:08 PM by Pema Choephel ]

Dear Dharma brother and sister of Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, 

We invite you to join us for Monday night 
Amitābha practice with Rinpoche on Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Wave St. Studios, 774 Wave St., Monterey, CA 93940.  Please arrive early for some quiet meditation before we begin. All are welcome to join us; feel free to bring a friend to our Sangha.

We would also like to you know about a special time with Rinpoche on Wed., Feb. 22, 2 p.m. for a commemoration of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Usually, this is an occasion of great joy, with special food, singing and dancing. This year, the Dalai Lama has requested that Tibetans around the world forgo all celebration, but instead gather quietly to pray and remember the many Tibetans who have died recently in the escalating struggle for freedom in their homeland. Rinpoche would like us to come together for this occasion and say the Amitābha prayer with him. Please consider joining us to show our support for him and his fellow Tibetans. 

The series of Public Talks to be offered by Rinpoche. 
David Molk will translate from the Tibetan. These talks will be meaningful to all who are interested in applying Buddhist wisdom to create a more meaningful life. Please invite your friends to join us, and take some flyers we'll bring on Monday to help us spread the word. All Public Talks are scheduled on Fridays from 7 to 9 p.m.  I will send you a separate e-mail you can forward to your friends to invite them to join us. We are planning other publicity, including ads in the local papers and various calendar listings.  Also, please go to Rinpoche's Facebook (Khenpo Karten) where he has posted the flyer for the teachings. You can "like" them and "share" them to let your friends know about the teachings. Rinpoche loves social media, and I'm learning to like them! It would be great to get a good turn-out for these teachings.

Feb. 24        Four Noble Truths                          Wave Street Studio
March 30     Happiness in a Troubled World      Pacific Coast Church, Pacific Grove 
April 13       Being in the Here and Now            Pacific Coast Church, Pacific Grove

TAKING REFUGE: Rinpoche announced last week that he will offer refuge in the near future. Please sign up at Monday practice if you would like to take this step which will "help you open the door to Buddhism," according to Rinpoche. There is no extra time commitment required to take refuge, it's simply a brief ceremony with Rinpoche after repeating a vow to the Three Jewels--the Buddha, the Dharma (Buddhist teachings) and the Sangha (Buddhist community). Taking refuge is absolutely voluntary, but important if one intends to continue on the Buddhist path. Please feel free to ask any questions about taking refuge you may have at our next Monday night practice.

We appreciate the Wave Street Studio's generous offering of their space for our practice and for the first Public Talk, which will be streamed live to Rinpoche's students around the world. Check out the studio's other programs and facility at http://livenetworks.tv/
Please call my number below for further information. Hope to see you on Monday and again on Wednesday at Wave Street!


Heidi Feldman
Tashi Delek, 
On behalf of Khenpo Karten Rinpoche


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