Completed—SPECIAL TEACHING FROM LAMA JAMPA THAYE ON SATURDAY, JULY 8 AND SUNDAY JULY 9 AT EWAM CHODEN

June 19, 2017 by  
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Lama Jampa Thaye will teach Instructions on shamata and vipassana meditation (calm abiding and insight meditation) This will be based on The Triple Vision text. He will teach this over the two days. This is a teaching that is of value to meditation practitioners of all levels and experience since it applies to practice up to the highest Vajrayana.

Shamatha, Tibetan  ཞི་གནས་, shyiné–the calm abiding which steadies, composes, unifies and concentrates the mind. 
Vipassanā, Tibetan  ལྷག་མཐོང་, lhaktong—the insight, which enables one to see and understand conditioned phenomena based on the five aggregates and gain insight into the true nature of reality

H.H. Sakya Trichen said, in a teaching on Parting From the Four Attachments, “The actual method of eliminating the afflictions is through the practice of insight wisdom. Before practicing insight wisdom, however, one must first develop a base of concentration meditation, also known as calm-abiding meditation. Altogether, the practice of the fourth line includes three stages: meditation on calm abiding, meditation on insight wisdom, and meditation on the combination of these two.”
“Insight wisdom, or vipassana, itself consists of three steps. The first is to establish all outer objects or outer appearances as the mind and as created by the mind. The second is to establish all mental objects as illusory. The third is to establish all illusions as devoid of inherent nature.”   A Teaching on Sachen Kunga Nyingpo’s Parting from the Four Attachments
by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, from http://www.hhthesakyatrizin.org/teach_fourattach4.html

Open to Everyone.             Requested donation: $40 per day or $60 for both days.  Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate.

SESSION SCHEDULE  on  SATURDAY July 8th and SUNDAY July 9th

10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Also, Lama Jampa will introduce and sign copies of his new book, Wisdom in Exile: Buddhism for Modern Times on the Saturday afternoon after the teaching.

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ABOUT LAMA JAMPA THAYE
Lama Jampa Thaye is a scholar and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Kagyu traditions by his two principal teachers, His Holiness Sakya Trichen and Karma Thinley Rinpoche.  Born in England in 1952, he became a student of Rinpoche at the age of 20 and met His Holiness a year later.  He has been authorized by these masters to teach Vajrayana and to bestow empowerments.

Lama Jampa obtained his PhD in Tibetan Buddhist history and served as Lecturer of Buddhist Studies and the History of Ideas for over twenty years at the University of Manchester. He was appointed by Karma Thinley Rinpoche as his dharma-regent in 1977 and given the authority to bestow Vajrayana initiations in 1988.  Since then he has traveled extensively giving teachings and initiations and is the author of numerous books and dharma treatises. His many dharma activities include a YouTube channel where his teachings can be heard.
His personal website is http://lamajampa.org/.  The main website for his centers is www.dechen.org and in the USA, it is https://www.dechen.us/

When Lama Jampa previously visited Ewam Choden, he taught on the history of the Rime movement and on comparing the views of emptiness in Rangton and Shangton and on the first two points of the Seven Point Mind Training, which includes the preliminaries and the actual practice of Tong-Len (གཏོང་ལེན་) (giving and taking).

 

Completed–EMPOWERMENT of KURUKULLE – May 28, 2017

April 27, 2017 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Empowerment of Kurukulle on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

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Kurukulle (Tibetan: rig che ma. English: The One of the Action Family) is magnetizing power. Her practice is one of the 13 Golden Dharmas of the Sakyapa. She may be called upon for her powers of enchantment to subdue those evil spirits, demon and humans working against the welfare of humanity and spiritual evolution. Also, her practice may be helpful for improving health, wealth, and spiritual energy. She brings a power of peacefulness, joy, and wisdom.

The empowerment begins at 1:00 pm and has a requested donation of $30. (Offering to the Lama is separate.)
A practice sadhana will be given, but the empowerment can be taken as a blessing.
There is no requirement or pre-registration.  Please arrive early to register at the door.

Events at Ewam Choden – Fall/Winter 2016-17

October 9, 2016 by  
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Completed successfully! VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE WILL GIVE EMPOWERMENTS OF 21 TARAS in the Atisha tradition on DEC. 2-4, 2016 at Ewam Choden

September 17, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the entire 21 Tara series of Empowerments in the Atisha tradition on Friday, Dec. 2nd in the evening, and during the day, on Saturday the 3rd and on Sunday the 4th.   Everyone is welcome.  These empowerments may be received as a blessing.  For people interested in practice, there will be sadhanas (practice booklets) available for each of the 21 Taras.

It is necessary to register and pay for the entire series.  The donation amount is $375.00.  The Dana (offering) to the Lama and monastic at the end is separate.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD FOLLOW A VEGETARIAN DIET WITHOUT GARLIC OR ONION ON THE DAYS OF THE EMPOWERMENTS.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME FOR THE START TIMES.

Completed Friday, DEC 2     6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This teaching will begin with opening prayers and empowerments on two aspects of Tara.

Saturday, DEC 3    9:00 am Start to 6:30 pm (estimate)

This day will include Ten empowerments.

There will be a break for lunch, so attendees may bring something to eat.

 Sunday, DEC 4    9:00 am to 5 pm  Followed by a small Tsok

This day will include Nine empowerments.

There will be a break for lunch, so attendees may bring something to eat.

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TARA IS A (female) BODHISATTVA  (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tibetan སྒྲོལ་མ = Drolma) also known as Ārya Tārā, or Jetsun Dolma.

Each of her 21 emanations has her own mantra and enlightened quality including protection, pacification, purification, rescue, healing, and varieties of assistance to practitioners on many levels.  Tara is sometimes called the mother of the Buddhas. She is associated with Chenrezig and with Amitabha Buddha. There is a 21 verse prayer of praises to each Tara emanation, describing her qualities, which is recited in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Completed–VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE WILL GIVE A VAJRAYOGINI BLESSING at Ewam Choden – Sunday, OCT 30, 2016

September 16, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Blessing of Vajrayogini  at Ewam Choden on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.    This event has a strict prerequisite.  In order to receive it,  you must have already received an empowerment of Hevajra or of Chakrasamvara from a Sakya lama.  This prerequisite applies even if you have already received Vajrayogini from a non-Sakya Lama.

The requested donation is $62.00. Dana (offerings) to the Lama and monastics are separate.  The location is the Ewam Choden Center.  Please arrive early to register.  Please be considerate of neighbors when parking on the street.

 

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CANCELLED—EMPOWERMENT OF VAJRA NAIRATMYA by H.E. JETSUN KUSHOK / August 25 and 26, 2016

June 21, 2016 by  
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We regret to announce that this event has been cancelled because Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok isn’t able to travel to California right now.

Any further information will be announced when it is available.


 

EMPOWERMENT OF NAIRATMYA on August 25th and 26th.    Vajra Nairatmya རྡོ་རྗེ་བདག་མེད་མ།  is the ego-less woman, the partner of Hevajra.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION–REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO MEET THIS PREREQUISITE—You must have previously received an empowerment either of Cakrasamvara or Hevajra from a Sakya Lama.

The limit of 25 “New” participants (never received Hevajra or Chakrasamvara only from a Sakya Lama)  has been reached.   If you are a “new” person and wish to be on a waiting list, send an email to Ewam Choden ( info@ewamchoden.org) . If someone cancels, the waiting list will be used.  People who fulfill the requirement may register now.

DATES, TIMES, PLACE INFORMATION   The dates and times for this empowerment are Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm and Friday, August 26 at 4 pm.  Plan ahead so that you can arrive in time. 
The total donation amount is $140. Dana (offerings) are separate.  

The location is the Gyuto Foundation in Richmond Heights, CA which is 10 minutes north of Ewam Choden.   DO NOT CONTACT the Gyuto Foundation since it is  our venue. 

You can see A MAP to the location CLICK here.  There is a parking lot and easy street parking.

REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE BELOW FOR USING PAYPAL AND FOR SENDING A CHECK TO EWAM CHODEN.

 IMPORTANT !  PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  While there are no prerequisites for this empowerment, there are some limitations.  There is a limit of 25 persons who have never received the empowerment of Chakrasamvara or Hevajra from a Sakya Lama.  This refers to a two-day empowerment.  The empowerments of Vajrakilaya or Kalachakra do not qualify for this.   There are no exceptions.

  When you register, you must answer the questions about having received the previous qualifying empowerments.

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(Image of Nairatmya courtesy of Himalayanart.org/items/90017)

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Completed–SUNDAY, June 26th / EMPOWERMENT OF BLACK DZAMBHALA

June 2, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the EMPOWERMENT of BLACK DZAMBHALA  at Ewam Choden on Sunday, June 26th, 2016.

The starting time is 1:00 p.m.  Please arrive earlier to register.  The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the Lama and assisting monastic is separate.  There is no prerequisite and everyone is welcome.  A practice sadhana will be provided.

The practice of Black Dzambhala brings material wealth to help alleviate poverty as well as to give one the opportunity to practice generosity. Dzambhala also enhances spiritual wealth and personal growth towards ultimate enlightenment.  Black Dzambhala, one of the five Dzambhalas, is a manifestation of the compassion of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas.  He subdues ego and greed to purify the practitioner and bestow good fortune on the path to enlightenment.

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COMPLETED-EMPOWERMENT OF MIYOWA on Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 24, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly bestow the EMPOWERMENT of MIYOWA (in Sanskrit, Achala) at Ewam Choden on Sunday, May 29th.  The starting time is 1:00 p.m. 

Miyowa, the Immovable One, is a wrathful protector who helps the practitioner remove all types of outer and inner obstacles, including diseases.
The starting time is 1:00 p.m.  Please arrive early to register.  The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the Lama and assisting monastic is separate.  There is no prerequisite and everyone is welcome.  A practice sadhana will be provided.

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COMPLETED – KHENPO MIGMAR TSETEN will teach at Ewam Choden on Thursday, June 16th, 2016 Differences between Sutrayana and Tantrayana

April 22, 2016 by  
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Ewam Choden is very pleased to welcome back Khenpo Migmar Tseten to the Center. During his last visit, he taught on the Heart Sutra and on the Four Noble Truths.  His teachings, in fluent English,  are always clear and compassionate, combining straightforwardness for a beginner with depth for the more advanced student and practitioner.  He kindly explains comprehensively and answers questions patiently.   Everyone is welcome.  REQUESTED donation: $30.  Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate.

LAMA MIGMAR’S SUBJECT for this teaching is the differences between Sutrayana (mdo’i-theg-pa) and Tantrayana or Vajrayana (rgyüd-kyi-theg-pa, rdo rje theg pa). Specifically, the topic is  How four philosophical schools of Vaibhashika, Sautrantika, Chitamatrin and Madhyamika are relevant to the understanding and practice of four classes of Kriya, Charya, Yoga and Anutarayoga of Tantra.

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 ABOUT KHENPO MIGMAR TSETEN
Lama Migmar has been serving at Harvard University as a Buddhist Chaplain since 1997.   Born in Tibet, he received both a traditional and a contemporary education in India. He graduated with an Acharya degree in 1979 from Tibetan Institute of Sanskrit University, Varanasi, India,  with the first position among four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded a medal for academic excellence by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
  Lama Migmar served as the head of Sakya Center in Rajpur, India, and the Sakya Monastery in Puruwalla, India, from 1981 to 1989, taking care of the well-being of several hundred monastic residents. During this time he reintroduced the original form of the geshe educational system of Tibet, with degrees from kazhipa up to the rabjampa degree, with a curriculum that included all of the eighteen major texts, which are known as the Dragchen Chogyed.
  Additionally, Lama Migmar supervised the editing and publication of over 50 rare volumes of Sakya literature including the 31 volumes of Sakya Lamdre and the rare Golden Manuscripts of the Five Founding Masters of Sakya. He founded Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Cambridge, MA, USA in 1990.   He was recognized as Khenpo for his scholarship and service to the Dharma by His Holiness Sakya Trizin.  Lama Migmar leads retreats at Buddhist centers throughout North America and Europe.  He is the author, editor and translator in a series of four Vision books and of the Treasures of the Sakya Lineage.  He has also written explanatory commentaries on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path and on the Heart Sutra. These books are available for purchase on Amazon.  He generously shares his teachings in podcasts and videos through the website, http://mangalamstudio.com/   His other website for his Buddhist center, Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies, is sakya.net.

 

 

 

 

Completed–LAMA JAMPA THAYE returns to teach MIND TRAINING at EC on Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

January 29, 2016 by  
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Lama Jampa will expound on the Seven Points of Mind Training using Thogme Zangpo’s commentary. This system of meditation practice – known as lobjong in Tibetan – is one of the most popular and widely-practised in Buddhism. Codified by the 12th century master, Geshe Chekawa, it contains the Mahayana methods for transforming ordinary consciousness into the mind of enlightenment. At its heart is the practice of ‘Sending and Taking’, which is often referred to as, ‘the secret teaching of the Great Vehicle’.

This teaching is of great interest and benefit for any one interested in Buddhist philosophy, beginners and non-beginners alike, practitioners and scholars.

“I would like to commend Lama Jampa Thaye for the unflagging enthusiasm and effort
that he has devoted to the noble cause of making the dharma available to all those who have an interest in it,
and encourage him to continue his good works.”
H.H. Sakya Trizin

Suggested Donation:
$100 for the weekend session
10am-4pm
Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27

For more info:
http://lamajampa.org/biography/

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