posted Apr 7, 2021, 11:48 AM by Khenpo Karten


guru yoga practice

posted Mar 19, 2021, 9:49 AM by Khenpo Karten

Saturday, 3/27/2021, at 6:30 (PST) California time, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passing of my Root Guru, Kyabje Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche, into Parinirvana on March 27 twenty years ago with the profound practice of Guru Yoga via Zoom
 with the text "The Guru Practice, Rain of Blessings " composed by His Holiness the Karmapa and myself. To participate, please click the link below:

Chogling Tserser Lung

posted Feb 14, 2021, 12:16 PM by Khenpo Karten   [ updated Feb 15, 2021, 3:24 PM by Pema Choephel ]

As collectively prayed by all the Sanghas of Portland, South India and California, Khenpo karten Rinpoche has graciously accepted to give oral transmissions of Chokling Tersar ( Termas of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa) via Zoom from Manjushri Dharma Center.
Saturday, February 20
Saturday, March 6
9:00AM - 10:30AM
Please join us for this special event, a rare opportunity!

Tibetan Uprising Day Protest March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

posted Mar 3, 2020, 3:24 AM by Pema Choephel

Commemoration of the Tibetan National Uprising Day
Tuesday, March 10th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Windows on the Bay

Since the Chinese occupation in 1959, more than one million Tibetans have been killed. To fly a Tibetan flag, send an email abroad, or say the phrase “human rights,” is cause for imprisonment and torture. 99% of all Tibetan monasteries have been closed. The Tibetan people and their culture are being systematically attacked. Our own teacher, Khenpo Karten Rinpoche risked his life to become a monk in Tibet before fleeing in 1996. Stand up against this repression and violence. Lend your voice to peace, justice, and freedom: Support Tibet! Join us on Tuesday, March 10th, 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Windows on the Bay as we join a day of international protests known as Tibetan Uprising Day. Signs provided (or you may bring your own). We will be there rain or shine. Please note: Protesters cannot step into the street or hand out leaflets to cars, as per a city safety mandate. May all cultures and peoples live together in harmony and peace.

Learn more: Free Tibet–
Questions: 831-901-3156 (Manjushri Dharma Center phone, volunteer staffed).

“Imagine you are not allowed to whistle ‘Yankee Doodle’ as you work. You can’t talk about the day’s events in your native language, nor wear blue jeans and tennis shoes, or any other garment quintessentially American. Your children go to a new school where they learn a language other than yours, and are taught to report you to the authorities if you speak English at home. Forget going to church. This is Tibet today.” quote from 2016 article in Cedar St. Times.

Learn more about the issue:

Rinpoche's Birthday Celebration - Sunday, March 8th, 12pm

posted Mar 3, 2020, 3:17 AM by Pema Choephel   [ updated Mar 3, 2020, 3:18 AM ]

Happy Birthday Rinpoche! Although we typically celebrate Rinpoche’s birthday on March 10th, Tibetan Uprising Day, this year Rinpoche would like us to focus our energies on the protest, and celebrate his birthday a little early–Sunday, March 8th, at 12pm following his first teaching on The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path. The location is the Manjushri Dharma Center, 724 Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove.

All are welcome to this “lucky-pot” celebration (that is Rinpoche speak for pot-luck). Please feel free to bring whatever you would like, and we will eat together and celebrate our precious teacher.

Editors note: Healthy, less sugary and homemade foods are encouraged, and as a bonus challenge, avoid single use plastic packaging, and bring your own cutlery to wash at home. Sustainable Sangha!

The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path

posted Mar 3, 2020, 3:14 AM by Pema Choephel

Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path

Four-Session Teaching and Oral Transmission with Khenpo Karten Rinpoche
Sundays, March 8-29, 10:00am – 12:00pm

$10.00 donation per class requested (No one turned away for lack of funds)

“Gampopa, the father of the Kagyu tradition in Tibet, wrote a number of commentaries on Buddha’s teachings. The most notable are The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path. In A Precious Garland he gives precise instructions on what is needed to develop one’s understanding, meditation and conduct on the spiritual path. Gampopa succinctly outlines in twenty-eight categories what we need to know in order to perfect our spiritual practice. (note 1).”

Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, resident monk and spiritual teacher of the Manjushri Dharma Center, will lead a four-session teaching and oral transmission of this text, Sundays 10am-12pm, March 8-29th.  Rinpoche previously taught on the Jewel Ornament of Liberation, and he composed and taught on his succinct commentary called the “Excellent Path Of Freedom, The Jewel Ornament of Liberation in Brief,” and also taught on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa.   In the Four Dharmas of Gampopa, one line says:  “May the Dharma become the Path.”   The Precious Garland of the Supreme Path addresses the many facets of turning the Dharma into the Path–bullet points for right actions and intentions.  In addition, the text includes many inspiring and poetic descriptions of the ultimate nature of mind and reality.    Please join us for the this precious teaching.

About Gampopa:

“Gampopa lived from 1070 to 1153. He was born in Central Tibet and trained as a doctor. At age 26, when his family succumbed to an epidemic, he promised his wife on her deathbed that he would become a monk and devote his life to Buddhism. He eventually met the great yogi Milarepa and became his foremost student. He founded the system of Mahamudra which combines the tantric teachings of the great siddhas of India with the graduated path teachings of Atisha.(note 1)”


Note 1:  The general description of the text and Gampopa’s life is credited and quoted from Shambala Publications:

Happy Losar Tibetan New Year Celebration

posted Feb 11, 2020, 12:34 PM by Khenpo Karten

Happy year of the Iron Rat!  The start of the lunar new year is a special time in the Tibetan calendar.   Join us to celebrate the year of the Iron Rat 2020 with Amitabha prayers, food and music.  Participants can bring “lucky-pot” items (that is Rinpoche-speak for pot luck 🙂 ) and we will share food and celebrate together.

Learn more: Tibetan Losar

February 24 @ 6; 30pm -8; 30pm  

Losar Tibetan New Year Celebration

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Guru Rinpoche Tsog Offering puja

posted Feb 11, 2020, 12:21 PM by Khenpo Karten

In anticipation of the Tibetan lunar new year, we will have two days of special prayers honoring Guru Rinpoche, also known as Padmasambhava. Guru Rinpoche,the ‘Precious Master’, is the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. He established the Buddhadharma in Tibet, and then developed the practice so that all the teachings of Buddha were preserved as a living tradition that has continued down to the present day.

Please join us for a special 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!

Saturday and Sunday, February 22-23, 2020
Manjushri Dharma Center

Four days Retreat with Khenpo Karten Rinpoche

posted Jan 4, 2020, 7:59 PM by Khenpo Karten


Buddhist Teachings and Practice on the Middle Way and the Great Perfection

Four days Retreat with Khenpo Karten Rinpoche

 Feb. 13-16, 2020

Thu-Sat 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Sun 8:00-3:00 PM


 Manjushri Dharma Center invites you to a 4-Day Buddhist Meditation Retreat! Learn and practice Tibetan Buddhist chanting. Delve into the profound philosophy of the quintessential Heart Sutra. Receive introduction to the pinnacle of the Buddhist path: Dzogchen, “the Great Perfection.”

 Special Guest Teacher, Anam Thubten Rinpoche will teach on Saturday.

 “Don’t try to adjust or improve or to block or cultivate anything. Allow whatever occurs to unfold and settle into it directly.

Don’t draw the mind inwards. And don’t search for any external focus for meditation. Simply settle, without altering, in the very mind that meditates.

 No matter what kind of thoughts arise — be they positive or negative, happy or sad — don’t indulge or reject them, but settle, without altering, in the very mind that thinks.”

--Patrul Rinpoche, from Self-Liberating Meditation

For more information visit:

Vajrasattva or (Dorje Sempa) practice.

posted Dec 11, 2019, 2:59 PM by Khenpo Karten   [ updated Dec 22, 2019, 1:00 PM ]
Come and start the New Year with a clean slate by purifying any negative karma accumulated over the past year through the powerful Vajrasattva (Dorje Sempa) practice. This will be held at the Manjushri Dharma Center on Tuesday, December 31, from 9pm to Midnight.12Am 

This special event will consist of teachings by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche and Lama Leshe zangpo on the Vajrasattva practice along with oral transmission (lung), an explanation of the meaning of the mantra and on the four opponent powers (tob shi) that we perform to purify our negative thoughts, speech and actions. After a short break, we will then accumulate recitations of the Vajrasattva Mantra until Midnight, followed by welcoming in the New Year with tea and treats.

This is a very powerful practice, not to be missed.

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