Completed for now. May resume again.–TIBETAN READING & WRITING LANGUAGE CLASSES WITH VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE at Ewam Choden

February 6, 2019 by  
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BEGINNING and CONTINUING TIBETAN LANGUAGE CLASSES

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We are very happy to announce that Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche has kindly offered to hold another series of two different weekly classes in Introductory Tibetan Language, Reading and Writing.
Open to everyone, the classes start at the beginner level. There is also a continuing class for people who began last Fall or anyone with prior experience.
Handouts and practice sheets of the daily studies are provided at the classes.

LOCATION:  Ewam Choden
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (to about 8:30 p.m.)
DAY:  Tuesdays for Beginning and Wednesdays for Continuing
FEE:  $20 per class, or one payment of $120.
Pre-registration isn’t required, but it’s a good idea to email your intention to attend.

THE BEGINNING CLASS will meet on the following Tuesdays:
2/19, 2/26, 3/5,  3/12, 3/19, 3/26

THE CONTINUING CLASS will meet on the following Wednesdays:
2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27

NOTE that there could be an unplanned change in a date, requiring an additional day to be set.

Email Ewam Choden if you have any questions.

COMPLETED—-*REGISTER NOW* EMPOWERMENT OF VAJRAYOGINI at Ewam Choden on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

February 5, 2019 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Blessing of Vajrayogini, (the Naro Kachod), at Ewam Choden on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.   

This event has a strict prerequisite. 

In order to receive this empowerment,  you must have already received a two-day empowerment of Hevajra or Cakrasamvara or Vajra Nairatmya, preferably from a Sakya lama but this is not required.  Ask us,  if you’re not sure about this.

The requested donation for the Empowerment is $ 75.00.  Dana (offerings) to the Lama is separate. 

Participants will receive the practice sadhana booklet.  This empowerment may be received as a blessing without a practice commitment.

The location is the Ewam Choden Center.  Please arrive early to sign in,  and to state how you fulfill the prerequisite. 

————–REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT BELOW———————

Lama Kunga Rinpoche has asked that you register in advance of this event.

CLICK HERE for ONLINE REGISTRATION and PAYMENT

or

CLICK HERE for ONLINE REGISTRATION and then PAYMENT by PERSONAL CHECK

 

 

 

VAJRAYOGINI

EMPOWERMENT OF SINGHANATA at Ewam Choden on Sunday, JUNE 30, 2019

February 2, 2019 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the Empowerment of  SINGHANATA, LION’S ROAR AVALOKITESHVARA (Senggedra Chenrezi).  

Singhanata is seated with the Naga King and many great nagas. His practice cures secret naga diseases and purifies non-virtuous karma, as it takes you on the path to enlightenment.

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 prerequisite requirement or pre-registration.  This empowerment is open to everyone who has taken refuge and follows the Buddhist path.

Please arrive early to register at the door.

SINGHANATA

 

EMPOWERMENT OF GYALTSEN TSEMO PUNG GYEN at Ewam Choden on Sunday, JULY 28, 2019

February 1, 2019 by  
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Gyaltsen Tsemö Pung Gyen (Tib. རྒྱལ་མཚན་རྩེ་མོའི་དཔུང་རྒྱན་, Wyl. rgyal mtshan rtse mo’i dpung rgyan)

Further information will be posted soon.

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 prerequisite requirement or pre-registration.  This empowerment is open to everyone who has taken refuge and follows the Buddhist path.
Please arrive early to register at the door.

 

EMPOWERMENT OF MARICHI (LHAMO OSER CHENMA) at Ewam Choden on SUNDAY, AUGUST 25th, 2019

January 31, 2019 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the Empowerment of  Marichi, Lhamo Oser Chenma

More information will be posted soon.

 

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 prerequisite requirement or pre-registration.  This empowerment is open to everyone who has taken refuge and follows the Buddhist path.
Please arrive early to register at the door.

EMPOWERMENT OF SIMHAMUKHA Five Families at Ewam Choden on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2019

January 29, 2019 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the Empowerment of Simhamukha, Five Families.

More information on this empowerment will be posted soon.

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 prerequisite requirement or pre-registration.  This empowerment is open to everyone who has taken refuge and follows the Buddhist path.
Please arrive early to register at the door.

COMPLETED—-LECTURE by Elisabeth Benard on the SAKYA JETSUNMAS, Saturday, March 9, 2019, 3:00 pm at Ewam Choden

January 9, 2019 by  
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This is a notice of an event presented by Sakya Dechen Ling, the local northern California center of Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Chime Luding. 

Here, below, is information about the event.  You may go to the SDL website (click there) for further details and to register. 

Elisabeth Benard speaks on 
Born to Practice: The Sakya Jetsunma Phenomenon
 of Phenomenal Spiritual Adepts Who Are Women,
 Their Hidden Lives and Achievements, Past & Present 

Sakya Jetsunmas are a wonderful example of Tibetan women who are encouraged by their families and society to be religious practitioners.Their hidden world needs to be brought to light and their achievements must be recognized in any account of spiritual lives of Tibetan women, past and present.
Among Tibetan male spiritual adepts, many have the title of Jetsun or one worthy of honor, such the famous 11th century yogi–Milarepa. However, few Tibetan female spiritual practitioners are honored with this title. One of the more famous is the yogini Shugsep Jetsun (1852-1953).
In this illustrated lecture, the title of Jetsunma and who receives this title will be discussed. One significant group who are bestowed this title at birth are the Sakya Khon daughters.Among the Sakya Jetsunmas, some are known as eminent lamas who conferred the significant Lamdre teachings and who have had many disciples, including several Sakya Trizins. Two biographies will be highlighted: the contemporary Jetsun Kushok Chime Luding Rinpoche who is one of the most important female teachers of this century and the 18th century Jetsunma Chime Tenpai Nyima.She is best known for being the only woman who is included as a guru in the Naro-Vajrayogini guru transmission lineage.  Long live the Jetsunmas!

Elisabeth Benard is a professor emeritus in Asian Studies and Religion at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA. She has received the Faculty Global Engagement Award from her university and has lectured extensively in the U.S, Asia and Europe. Her publications include Chinnamasta: the Aweful Buddhist and Hindu Tantric Goddess, “A Secret Affair: The Wedding of a Sakya Dagmo” in Tibetan Studies: Anthology PIATS2006 edited by S Arslan & P Schweiger,“Transformations of Wen Cheng Kongjo: Tang Princess, Tibetan Queen and Buddhist Goddess Tara,” in Goddesses Who Rule edited by Elisabeth Benard and Beverly Moon. “Born to Practice: the Sakya Jetsunma Phenomenon” in Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines issue 34, December 2015: Women as Visionaries, Healers and Agents of Social Transformation in the Himalayas, Tibet and Mongolia edited by Mona Schrempf and Nicola Schneider.  Read Issue HereE-Benard_Revue Dec 2015 

 

Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF RED DZAMBHALA at Ewam Choden on SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019

January 8, 2019 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of Red (Rakta) Dzambhala at Ewam Choden on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

The starting time is 1:00 p.m.  Please arrive earlier to register.  The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate. 

  A practice sadhana will be provided and Lama Kunga Rinpoche will explain how to do the practice of Rakta Dzambhala.

IMPORTANT:  This empowerment has a prerequisite.  In order to receive it, you should already have received either Cakrasamvara, Hevajra, or Vajrapani Bhutadamara.

 

All the Dzambhalas are associated with the attraction and distribution of material and spiritual wealth. This one is particularly powerful and magnetic.

Rakta Zambhala

Event Completed—LOSAR (Tibetan New Year) CELEBRATION: ORACLE SOUP PARTY on FRIDAY FEB. 1 and MEDITATION PRAYERS on SUNDAY FEB. 3rd, 2019

January 8, 2019 by  
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Welcome to the Tibetan New Year Celebrations at Ewam Choden !

༄༅།།ལོ་གསར་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ།      Losar La Tashi Delek    New Year’s Greetings!  
The year is 2146, the female earth pig (boar).

EVERYONE IS WELCOME !

FRIDAY EVENING, 2/1/2019 at 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden:   ORACLE SOUP POTLUCK PARTY
Everyone is welcome to a LOSAR potluck party at Ewam Choden on Friday, February 1st at 7:00 pm.  From the Oracle Soup, you will receive a special dumpling in which your unique fortune for the new year can be found.  Join Rinpoche and Sangha friends for a delicious potluck meal.

SUNDAY MORNING, 2/03/2019  10:00 am:   SPECIAL MEDITATION

Prayers for Peace, Health, and Happiness for all Beings.  Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will lead the usual Chenrezig compassion meditation and, following tradition, there will be other special recitations and prayers.  Come to meditation at 10:00 a.m. as usual, receive Rinpoche’s blessing,  greet everyone for New Year,  and enjoy sweet rice, Tibetan tea, and some special Losar snacks.

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Completed—–VISIT and SPECIAL TEACHING from VEN. KHENPO PEMA WANGDAK on December 21, 22, and 23, 2018, Free and Open to All

December 10, 2018 by  
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CLEAR & REST & STABILIZE YOUR MIND !

VISIT and SPECIAL HOLIDAY TEACHING from VEN KHENPO PEMA WANGDAK on December 21, 22, and 23, 2018
OPEN TO EVERYONE.  Free of charge.

FRIDAY, December 21, 2018—–7:00 pm– public talk: “Exploring Patience and Its Strength”

 SATURDAY and SUNDAY, December 22 and 23, 2018
Mind Training: Sojong and Lojong Weekend Sessions with Khenpo Pema Wangdak (over two separate days). Come anytime.
This will be group practice sessions for beginners and ongoing students alike. The schedule will consist of alternating periods of teachings, practice, and guided meditations, as well as question and answer times.

SCHEDULE BELOW—-You may drop by at any time.

Saturday, 12/23—Lojong teaching  Morning (10:00 am to 12:30pm)
and Afternoon sessions (2:00 pm to 4:30 pm)
Sunday, 12/24—Sojong teachings and practice. Afternoon only, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
 Khenpo Pema is an esteemed Sakya lama who speaks fluent English and has many mind tricks up the sleeve of his robe. (See brief bio below.)

HERE ARE THE TOPICS of the teachings. They are open to everyone.

THIS INFORMATION IS DIRECTLY FROM KHENPO PEMA.

FRIDAY, December 21, 2018—–Friday evening public talk: “Exploring Patience and Its Strength”: Part II

The enduring positive effects of peace, loving-kindness, and compassion, and everything else that is good in human nature—its
values and ethics, its aspirations and goals—are possible only when combined with the strength of the power of patience. Without
that strength, these values, profound and noble though they may be, are often seen to be fragile and frail, and thus are neglected,
ignored, and misunderstood even by those who aspire to live by them.

Drawing on the teachings of Buddha, the virtues of patience, in the length and depth of its meaning, will be presented as an
indispensable component of and the very key to a successful life, spiritual or mundane, and every meaningful thing we do: at home,
at work, in social life, education, health, and all else that is conceivable. Our measure of accomplishment is fundamentally based on
a solid foundation of patience.

The talk includes discussion, meditation on the subject of patience, and question-and-answer session.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, December 22 and 23, 2018

Sojong and Lojong Weekend Retreat with the Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak (over two separate days)

The three most influential Lojong texts, “Parting From the 4 Attachment,” “Eight Verse Lojong,” and the “Seven Point Mind Training,”
that sustained the spirit and purpose of life of millions over the centuries, will re-read, reviewed, and reflected accompanied by a
step by step alternating meditation throughout the day. We will do this as a reminder and as well as a introduction for those who
are new the Lojong teachings that every worth in this world and our life is rooted in the spirit of compassion and kindness that is
nurtured by joy of life and equanimity of the mind.

This will be a group practice sessions for the beginners and regular students alike. The schedule will consist of alternating
periods of teachings, practice, and guided meditations.

Sojong will be observed Sunday, with participants taking the eight precepts at the beginning of the day. The Sojong is
a introduction to a deliberate act in keeping with the disciplines of the humanity as taught by Buddha. It also is the very foundation
for everything possible from the very basic qualities of life to the highest of the esoteric spiritual ventures and everything we aspires
for in this and beyond this life. Dedicated practitioners, believers, non-believers alike, curious, as well as beginners, all are welcome
to attend this weekend meeting.

 

ABOUT KHENPO PEMA WANGDAK


In 1982, he was sent to the West by His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin, as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers in America from the Sakya School. In 1989 Khenpo Pema founded the Vikramasila Foundation. The Foundation encompasses the Palden Sakya Centers in New York City, Woodstock, NY, Philmont, NY, Englewood, NJ, Springfield, VT, Portland, ME, and Dayton OH. The Palden Sakya Centers offer courses in Tibetan Buddhist studies and meditation. Khenpo Pema is the creator of “Bur Yig”–Tibetan Braille, and the founder of Pema Ts’al (English for Lotus Grove) Schools in Mundgod, India (for Tibetan lay children); Pokhara, Nepal (monastic schools for boys); and Pema Ts’al School in New York City, with a curriculum modeled on that of Sakya College, India. Khenpo Pema was recognized with the title of “Khenpo” by His Holinessthe 41st Sakya Trizin in 2007. He received the distinguished “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” award by the National Ethical Coalition of Organizations in May, 2009 at Ellis Island for his humanitarian work around the world. Khenpo Pema is the first Tibetan ever to have received such an award. Khenpo Pema has been guiding Western students for 35 years, and he continues to travel and teach extensively to Dharma centers around the world.

 

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