Happily Completed—BIRTHDAY PARTY PICNIC FOR VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE on SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 2019 in the Arlington Park

July 22, 2019 by  
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ANNUAL POTLUCK BIRTHDAY PARTY for VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE
We will honor Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche with a party and prayers and wishes for his continued long healthy life of dharma activities for the benefit of all beings.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  BRING FOOD TO SHARE.  Reminder: Lama Kunga Rinpoche doesn’t eat anything with sugar or any sweetener.

Rinpoche says–No material gifts or food gifts, please. Donations$ are accepted.

WHEN:  Sunday, August 4, 2019

  TIME:  from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm  

WHERE:  Arlington Park, 1120 Arlington Blvd.,  El Cerrito, CA 

HOW: Drive northward on Arlington Blvd. past where you turn for Ewam Choden. The park is on the right with plenty of street parking.

See a map here.        At the park, we’ll be at Site 1.  See the location here.

LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE.

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

January 31, 2019 by  
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Venerable Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment and practice teachings of Marichi (Lhamo Ozer Chenma). 

Lhamo Ozer Chenma, the Queen of Light, drives a cart pulled by seven swine. The embodiment of the first rays of dawn, she is invoked by travelers for protection from all hazards of the road.
Her ability to dispel the fears of the night helps us to confront our fears and violent tendencies.  

The empowerment begins at 1:00 pm. Please arrive early to register at the door.

There is 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.

 

MARICHI (1)

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

January 28, 2019 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche has kindly agreed to bestow the EMPOWERMENT of GYALTSEN TSEMO PUNG GYEN on Sunday, July 24, 2019.

Gyalsten Tsemo Pung Gyen རྒྱལ་མཚན་རྩེ་མོའི་དཔུང་རྒྱན  is a goddess associated with the Victory Banner (“gyaltsen”) as the ornament on the top. Her practice brings protections from fears and from harms, and victories over obstacles, demons, and enemies. She helps with travel, marriage, and relatioship obstacles, and more.

The empowerment begins at 1:00 pm. Please arrive early to register. There is 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.
Victory Banner Prayer Flag

 

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

January 15, 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

 

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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