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Purification & Meditation Retreat - Saturday, September 23

posted Aug 12, 2017, 1:01 PM by Pema Choephel

One Day Retreat:  Purification & Meditation
Saturday, September 23

10:00am to 5:00pm
Grace Sanctuary, Carmel Valley

Suggested donation:  $30.00

Registration required

Venerable Khenpo Karten Rinpoche will lead a one day retreat including a morning purification practice called a Fire Puja and an afternoon teaching on The Nine Instructions for Concentration Meditation.  A Fire Puja is a powerful purification practice to help eliminate negativities and promote healing, restoration, and long-life.   Rinpoche will lead us in prayers of healing for ourselves, our world, and especially for the land, creatures, and people affected by the recent Soberanes fire.   The afternoon will focus on Shamatha meditation, or that of quieting the mind.   In this instruction, Rinpoche explains how we can develop various stages of concentration within our meditation.   It will be a day of healing and contemplation at a beautiful retreat space in Carmel Valley.    The address will be sent to participants upon registration.  Participants are encouraged to wear white clothing to support the intention of purification, but this is not a requirement.   Participants are encouraged to eat a vegetarian diet on this day, but again this is voluntary.  A donation of $30.00 is suggested, which will include a simple, healthy lunch and all printed materials. 


For questions contact:  Rachel C. at rachelmdc2016@gmail.com or 831-901-3156.

How to Change Bad Habits - August 19, 11:15 am

posted Aug 12, 2017, 12:54 PM by Pema Choephel

All of us have habits of mind that we struggle to curb. How can we train our mind in healthy habits and positive motivations? Join us on Saturday, August 19th after regular meditation practice (which runs from 10:00am to 11:00am) for a public talk by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche on How to Change Bad Habits.

Rinpoche wrote about the topic: “At its best, mind is that which proceeds to the city of Liberation. At its worst, however, mind is that which throws us into the swamp of samsara. Mind is like a crazed elephant, so strive in methods to control the mind.”

Free event, but donations welcome.

Amitabha Puja and Teaching in Portland, OR - September 9-17

posted Jul 31, 2017, 9:58 AM by Pema Choephel

Tenth Annual Amitabha Puja and Teachings by Ven. Khenpo Karten Rinpoche to the Tibetan Community of Portland, OR and Southwest Washington. The first three days will be the Tibetan Community Center of the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association and the last three days will be at the Mt. Adams Zen Buddhist Temple in Trout Lake, WA.

Day 1: Saturday, September 9th
Day 2: Sunday, September 10th 
Day 3: Monday, September 11th 
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Day 4: Friday, September 15th
Day 5: Saturday, September 16th
Day 6: Sunday, September 17th

Daily Schedule:

07:00 AM:    Sojong Dompa (གསོ་སྦྱོང་ངམ་བསྙེན་གནས་ཡན་ལག་བརྒྱད་ཀྱི་སྡོམ་པ།
07:30 AM:    Breakfast 
08:15 AM:    Dechen Shingdrub (བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིང་སྒྲུབས།)
10:00 AM:    Tea Break 
10:20 AM:    Dechen Shingdrub 
12:00 PM:    Lunch (vegetarian) 
01:00 PM:    Teaching & Meditation
02:30 PM:    Tea Break 
02:40 PM:    Teaching & Meditation
04:00 PM:    Q&A

Teachings will be based on:

  • Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa Chenpo
  • The Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra

Public Talk: Four Nobel Truths - Thursday, July 27, 6:30 pm

posted Jul 24, 2017, 1:21 PM by Pema Choephel   [ updated Jul 24, 2017, 1:21 PM ]

Thursday, July 27th is Choekhor Duechen (aka Drukpa Tseshi). It was on this day, more than 2600 years ago, Buddha Shakyamuni rose from meditation upon request by Brahma and turned the First Wheel of Dharma by teaching the Four Nobel Truths at Deer Park in Sarnath, Varanasi.


Please join us to observe this important Buddhist holiday with a public talk by Rinpoche on Four Nobel Truths from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. 

Public Talk: Using Suffering and Obstacles for Mental Development - Saturday, June 24th, 11:15 am

posted Jun 14, 2017, 10:50 AM by Pema Choephel   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 11:01 AM ]

Suffering actually has many good qualities. For instance, experiencing suffering yourself can cause you to have more compassion for others. When you experience suffering it uses up your bad karma. It can cause you to renounce the suffering of samsara and develop a sincere wish for Liberation. It makes you want to avoid creating bad karma. It stops you from being arrogant. Suffering can have all these positive effects and more.

Khenpo Karten Rinpoche will give a public talk on transforming suffering into mental development on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Manjushri Dharma Center, 724 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove, CA.. It will begin at 11:15 AM after the meditation practice. 

Summer Solstice Annual Water Blessing - Wednesday, June 21st, 7pm

posted Jun 14, 2017, 10:48 AM by Pema Choephel

The Summer Solstice Annual Blessing of the Waters, Wednesday, June 21st, 7:00pm, at Lover's Point Park, Pacific Grove. This beautiful ceremony invokes the purity and well being of the oceans and tributaries, the purity and well being of the other elements of the Earth, and world peace. As part of the ceremony we make an offering of flowers at the beach.

Thargyen Certificate Ceremony, Wednesday, June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

posted Jun 8, 2017, 9:12 PM by Pema Choephel

We completed initial study of The Jewel Ornament of Liberation: The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings, by the venerable Gampopa (1074-1153 C.E., depicted in thangka above ),  also known as the Thargyen.   Practitioners are asked to complete a one to two page written reflection of the Thargyen to be turned in (anonymously, no names required) to Rinpoche at our certificate ceremony on Wednesday, June 14th.  We will recite the prayers of Milarepa and recognize those who completed listening, meditating and contemplation of this comprehensive work.

Saga Dawa - Friday, June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

posted Jun 8, 2017, 9:11 PM by Pema Choephel

Saka Dawa/Saga Dawa observations take place in the fourth Tibetan month, honoring Buddha Shakyamuni’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. From May 26 to June 24, 2017, the planets and stars converge to make things especially auspicious, therefore, positive actions can be multiplied 100,000 times. This is a rare and important period, so practitioners are encouraged to practice Dharma and positive actions as much as possible during this time, and to refrain from harmful actions with extra mindfulness. Most holy of all is the full moon day of Saga Dawa, the 15th day of the Tibetan month, which will fall on Friday, June 9th.  

Please join us for an Amitabha Tsog Offering Puja to observe this auspicious occasion.   Attendees are requested to bring tsog offerings like flowers, fruits, biscuits, cheese/crackers, nuts, etc.  We will arrange a beautiful offering of food and flowers for the Guru, Three Jewels, Assembly of Heroes and Heroines, and we partake in the offerings to honor the divine within.  It is a beautiful practice to accumulate merit and purify obscurations.   Prayers will be provided and all are welcome!

Developing the Supreme Good Heart - Wednesday, May 31st, 7pm

posted May 15, 2017, 10:43 AM by Pema Choephel   [ updated May 17, 2017, 4:20 PM ]

WHAT:
Free Dharma Talk by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche

WHEN: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WHERE: Messiah Baptist Church, 80 Legion Parkway, Brockton, MA

Developing the Supreme Good Heart - Tuesday, May 30th, 7pm

posted May 15, 2017, 10:36 AM by Pema Choephel   [ updated May 17, 2017, 4:21 PM ]

WHAT: Free Dharma Talk by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche on "Developing the Supreme Good Heart"

WHEN: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

WHERE: First Parish in Plymouth

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