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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EMPOWERMENT OF MILAREPA GURU YOGA, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018 at EWAM CHODEN

September 9, 2018 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Empowerment of Jetsun Milarepa Guru Yoga on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Ewam Choden.
The starting time is 1:00 pm.  Please arrive early to register at the door.
The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offering) to the lama is separate.
Everyone is welcome.  There is no prerequisite.  A practice sadhana will be given and explained.
The empowerment may be received as a blessing.

Jetsun Milarepa (Tibetan: རྗེ་བཙུན་མི་ལ་རས་པ) was a Tibetan siddha, who, guided by his guru Marpa, changed from being a young angry murderer to a Buddhist yogi, finally becoming fully accomplished.
In the Foreword to his book, Drinking the Mountain Stream, Lama Kunga Rinpoche writes:
“Milarepa is one the most celebrated spiritual teachers of all time. He was not only an eminent leader of the Kagyu lineage, but also a very important teacher for all schools of Tibetan Buddhism…..He was a man of three powers. His body was equivalent to the body of Vajrapani, his voice was the voice of Manjushri, and his hearing was the hearing of Avalokiteshvara.”

In the Guru Yoga Empowerment and practice, as we praise the guru for all of his qualities and accomplishments, we are able to imbibe their power and to gain a spark of understanding.
What makes this empowerment especially unique is that our guru, Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche, was recognized as a reincarnation of Seben Repa, one of Milarepa’s heart sons.
This event is not to be missed!

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Completed—EMPOWERMENT OF YELLOW DZAMBHALA ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2018 at EWAM CHODEN

September 7, 2018 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of Yellow Dzambhala at Ewam Choden on Sunday, October 21st, 2018.

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. 

There is no prerequisite and everyone is welcome.  A practice sadhana will be provided and Lama Kunga Rinpoche will explain how to do the practice of Yellow Dzambhala.

The practice of the Yellow Dzambhala increases wealth, prosperity and abundance, removing the obstacle of poverty,  to ease the circumstances of Dharma practitioners.  Yellow Dzambhala practice also encourages generosity. which is very meritorious, and helps increase lifespan and wisdom.

YELLOW DZAMBHALA

Completed for now–TIBETAN READING AND WRITING LANGUAGE COURSE with VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE In Session

August 22, 2018 by  
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THIS CLASS MAY RESUME IN 2019. STAY TUNED.

We are very happy to announce that Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche has kindly offered to hold a series of weekly classes in Introductory Tibetan Language Reading and Writing.
Open to everyone, the classes start at the beginner level.  This session has six classes.

LOCATION:  Ewam Choden
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (to about 8:30 p.m.)
DAY:  Wednesdays, as follows
9/19, (no class 9/26), 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31
FEE:  $20 per class, or one payment of $120.
Pre-registration isn’t required, but it’s a good idea to email EC with your intention to attend.  info@ewamchoden.org

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Completed–Back to Original Topic: HIS HOLINESS SAKYA TRICHEN Rinpoche teaches on –PARTING FROM THE FOUR ATTACHMENTS– Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 6:00 pm

August 7, 2018 by  
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BY REQUEST,  THE TOPIC HAS BEEN RESTORED TO THE ORIGINAL PLAN.

His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (the 41st Sakya Trizin) will kindly give a teaching on PARTING FROM THE FOUR ATTACHMENTS.

This teaching is free of charge and open to everyone.  There is no advance registration.

DATE:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018    TIME: 6:00 pm (to about 8:00 pm) 

LOCATION:  The Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, CA 94805  DO NOT contact that Center for any information. 

For information, email:  info@ewamchoden.org

 

If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner;
If you are attached to saṃsāra, you have no renunciation;
If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhicitta;
If there is grasping, you do not have the View.

 

Completed: HIS HOLINESS SAKYA TRICHEN Rinpoche teaches on –PARTING FROM THE FOUR ATTACHMENTS– MONDAY, August 6, 2018, 6:00 pm

August 5, 2018 by  
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The day and location of this teaching by His Holiness Sakya Trichen was revised from an earlier announcement.

LOCATION:  Sera Jey Foundation, 1525 Elm St, El Cerrito, CA 94530  

DATE and TIME:  Monday, 8/6/18 at 6:00 pm.

This teaching is open to all without charge, but you are asked to reserve your place by emailing:  serajeyfoundation@gmail.com

Phone contact: (510) 944-4136

 

Completed–HIS HOLINESS SAKYA TRICHEN GIVES MAHA GURU EMPOWERMENT on Sunday, August 5th, 2018

August 1, 2018 by  
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His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Maha Guru Empowerment and tsok, and will also give a Dharma Talk (probably in Tibetan).

DATE:  Sunday, August 5, 2018,

TIME:  1:00 to 4:00 pm

LOCATION:   Berkeley Adult School 1701 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA, 94702  (map)

Everyone is welcome.  A donation of at least $20 (for the Tsok) is requested.

SPONSOR:   Bay Area Pal Tsechen Ling

https://www.bayareapaltsechenling.org

3731 Bissell Avenue, Richmond, California 94805, United States , tel: +1-510-608-5355

 

COMPLETED – VAJRA NAIRATMYA EMPOWERMENT

Welcome to THE EMPOWERMENT OF VAJRA NAIRATMYA WITH HIS HOLINESS KYABGON GONGMA TRICHEN (the 41st Sakya Trizin)

IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO ATTEND BOTH DAYS OF THIS EMPOWERMENT.

SCHEDULE

Preparation Day
Friday, August 3rd, 2018
5:00 pm Required Registration check-in opens (outside the building)
6:00 pm Doors Open
7:00 pm Empowerment preliminary begins
9:00 to 10:00 pm (projected) Empowerment preliminary ends

Main Empowerment Day
Saturday, August 4th, 2018
12 noon Required Registration check-in opens (outside the building)
12:30 pm  Doors Open
1:00 pm Empowerment begins
6:00 pm (projected) Empowerment ends

NOTE:  If the weather condition is very uncomfortable, there will be an indoor room to wait in, outside of the shrine room.

REGISTRATION and ENTRANCE
Everyone who has pre-registered and paid will be on a list and checked in.
Everyone who has pre-registered and not yet paid is expected to pay in full by check or cash. Credit cards can’t be taken.
If there is room, new people may attend if they register and pay in full at the registration table.

PARKING
You may park in Gyuto’s lower level parking lot (on Cypress Ave.).  Otherwise, park on the street in the neighborhood, being considerate of neighbors.
People unable to walk from the parking area to Gyuto may be driven to the front door area for drop off.

OTHER INFORMATION
There are no dietary restrictions prior to this empowerment.
There will be chairs available inside the shrine room for people who would like to use them.
The Gyuto location is handicap accessible.
If you need a special accommodation, please send an email to Ewam Choden right away to let us know.
There will be an indoor room in which to sit and wait before the shrine room opens.

PLEASE EMAIL EWAM CHODEN WITH ANY QUESTIONS.  info@ewamchoden.org

Completed happily—PARTY TO CELEBRATE VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE’S 83rd BIRTHDAY on Sunday, July 29, 2018

June 2, 2018 by  
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YOU’RE INVITED TO A POTLUCK PICNIC PARTY !   

COME TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THE 83nd BIRTHDAY OF VEN. LAMA KUNGA THARTSE RINPOCHE

DATE:  Sunday, July 29, 2018
TIME: 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
LOCATION: Arlington Park, El Cerrito (1120 Arlington Blvd.) Drive northward on Arlington Blvd. after Kensington. The park is on the right with plenty of street parking. Site #1.
See a map here.

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.


LAMA KUNGA LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR.  Don’t miss this opportunity to wish Lama Kunga Rinpoche a happy birthday and a continuing long and healthy life of Dharma activities.

 

Completed–EMPOWERMENT OF CHAKRASAMVARA from HIS HOLINESS SAKYA TRIZIN on May 7 & 8, 2018

April 24, 2018 by  
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NOT TO BE MISSED !  A superb opportunity!   Please look below at SPECIAL EVENTS for the full details of this Empowerment, and to Register for it.  Registration is required.  The Empowerment may be received as a blessing to anyone who follows the Vajrayana Bodhisattva path.   Contact Ewam Choden with any questions.  info@ewamchoden.org

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