COMPLETED—REGISTER HERE–H.H. the 42nd SAKYA TRIZIN, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, gives CHAKRASAMVARA Empowerment May 7-8, 2018

March 17, 2018 by  
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EWAM CHODEN is happy to announce that His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, head of the Sakya school, has kindly accepted our invitation to visit and bestow:

THE EMPOWERMENT OF CHAKRASAMVARA (Khorlo Demchok) in the Nagpopa Tradition (Krishnacharya).  

This is an Anuttarayoga empowerment, the highest in Vajrayana Buddhism.

His name means Wheel of Highest Bliss-Union.  Chakrasamvara is the consort of Vajrayogini.


BENEFIT NOTE:  This high empowerment has no prerequisite excerpt for having taken Refuge from a Lama.
However, the Cakrasamvara Empowerment fulfills the prerequisite for a Vajrayogini empowerment by a Sakya Lama.   If you haven’t received the empowerment of Vajrayogini by a Sakya Lama, and you intend to when it is available, by all means, it would be valuable to receive this Cakrasamvara empowerment.  Furthermore, on August 4 & 5, 2018, His Holiness the Sakya Trichen (41st Sakya Trizin) will bestow the Empowerment of Vajra Nairatmya. The prerequisite for that empowerment is also fulfilled by receiving Cakrasamvara.

DATES MONDAY, MAY 7 and TUESDAY May 8, 2018   (Both days are required for the empowerment.)

TIMES:  Monday–7:00 pm to 9:00 pm  and  Tuesday–3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Everyone is welcome.  There is no prerequisite besides having received Refuge from a Lama.  (There might be a brief Refuge ceremony given by His Holiness.)

LOCATION: The Gyuto Foundation Shrine Room, 6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, CA 94805  DO NOT CONTACT THAT CENTER about this event !!! 


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THE CAKRASAMVARA EMPOWERMENT

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.   The number of attendees is limited to 225 total registered. 

REGISTER AND PAY HERE:

CLICK For Online Payment by PayPal or by Credit Card facilitated by PayPal

Payment by Check is now Closed due proximity of event date- Please use Online Payment.

COST:  $160.00    Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate.  Complimentary for ordained Sangha but please Register to reserve your seat.


ABOUT THE 42nd SAKYA TRIZIN, head of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism

His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, is the eldest son of His Holiness Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin).  He is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of Tibetan Buddhism.

Renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings, His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin  is from the prestigious Khön family, whose successive generations have provided an unbroken lineage of outstanding masters. (Please view this video–scroll down– for historical information, http://www.glorioussakya.org/history/sakya-lineage/ )
On March 9, 2017, His Holiness accepted the mantle of leadership from his esteemed father and root guru, in his new capacity as the 42nd Sakya Trizin or throne holder of the lineage. In doing so, he will continue to guide and inspire Dharma students from all over the world with his wisdom, genuine qualities of unaffected simplicity, humility and complete honesty, by presenting the Buddha’s teachings in the most authentic way, while maintaining the purest of Buddhist traditions.
 

His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*NEW* ANNUAL MEMORIAL PRAYERS at Ewam Choden, Nov. 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

November 14, 2017 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will conduct the annual Memorial Prayer service at Ewam Choden. This is a gathering to offer prayers for the benefit of all of our friends, relatives and countless sentient beings who have passed on in this year and in previous years.  The event is open to everyone.
If you wish, you may bring a photo of a special person or animal to include, and you may bring tea candles or flowers to set up near the shrine. The gathering begins at 7 p.m. and lasts for about one and a half to two hours.

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*NEW* NEW YEAR’S EVE PRAYERS at Ewam Choden on Dec. 31, 2017 from 11:00 pm

November 13, 2017 by  
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Pray for compassion and peace, health and prosperity.

 On Sunday, December 31st, starting at 11:00 p.m., Lama Kunga Rinpoche will lead some meditation and the recitation of auspicious prayers. Then, everyone will welcome the New Year with light refreshments, and wishes of peace and joy for all sentient beings. 

Everyone is welcome.

Completed—LOSAR ORACLE SOUP PARTY, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 and SUNDAY PRAYERS, Feb. 18, 2018

November 5, 2017 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 2145, the male earth dog.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME !

FRIDAY EVENING, 2/16/18 at 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden  ORACLE SOUP PARTY
Everyone is welcome to a LOSAR potluck party at Ewam Choden on Friday, February 16th at 7:00 pm.  From the Oracle Soup, you will receive a special dumpling in which your unique fortune can be found. Join Rinpoche and Sangha friends for a delicious potluck meal.

SUNDAY MORNING, 2/18/18  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 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 – LOSAR TIBETAN NEW YEAR — Oracle Soup Party

February 6, 2017 by  
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Everyone is welcome to a LOSAR potluck party at Ewam Choden on Friday, February 24th at 7:00 pm.  The Oracle Soup provides special dumplings in which your unique fortune can be found.

 

COMPLETED – MAITREYA FESTIVAL with BLESSING of Maitreya Buddha-NOV 5TH, 2016 at Tharpa Cho Ling

October 19, 2016 by  
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There will be a Maitreya Festival in Upper Lake, California.  Everyone is welcome

The Maitreya festival will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 5th at Tharpa Cho Ling.  First, Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow a Maitreya Empowerment blessing for which a donation will be requested.  After the empowerment there will be a circumambulation of the Tharpa Cho Ling land.  The parade will consist of persons blowing conches, ringing bells, bearing incense, holding banners, umbrellas, statues and 12 volumes of the Prajnaparamita Sutra.  After the circumambulations are completed,  participants will sit down to a potluck feast.  The focus of the festival is World peace, loving kindness and the prayer that Maitreya will come quickly to this ravaged planet. (information from Max Butler, Tharpa Cho Ling coordinator)

THARPA CHO LING is Ewam Choden’s retreat center in Upper Lake, California.  It is described on the website home page. After it was created, a local sangha group formed around it. These members hold a weekly Saturday morning Chenrezig meditation in the beautiful shrine room.  Periodically, Lama Kunga Rinpoche goes there to lead the meditation, and occasionally gives empowerments.  This Maitreya Festival with an Empowerment is a rare opportunity.

The location in Upper Lake is about 2 1/2 hours by car from the Bay area.  If you are interested in attending, please send an email to Ewam Choden for directions.  (info@ewamchoden.org)

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COMPLETED-NEW YEAR’S EVE with Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche on  DEC 31, 2016

September 18, 2016 by  
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Pray for compassion, peace, and prosperity.

 On Saturday, December 31st, starting at 10:30 p.m., there will be meditation and prayers, followed by celebrating the New Year with light refreshments, and wishes of peace and joy for all sentient beings.  Everyone is welcome. 

COMPLETED – LOSAR TIBETAN NEW YEAR Meditation and Prayers– Year of the FEMALE FIRE BIRD

September 18, 2016 by  
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༄༅།།ལོ་གསར་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ།      Losar La Tashi Delek    New Year’s Greetings!  

The year is 2144, the female fire bird.

Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will lead the usual Chenrezig compassion meditation and, following tradition, there will be special recitations and prayers.

The year is 2144.  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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PRAYER CEREMONY For H. H. JIGDAL DAGCHEN SAKYA at EWAM CHODEN on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 4:30 p.m

May 6, 2016 by  
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On behalf of the S.F.Bay area Sakya Tsechen Tsokba group, Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will lead prayer offerings for H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Rinpoche, head of the Sakya Phuntsok Phodrang, who passed into parinirvana on April 29, 2016 in Seattle, WA, USA.  H.H. Dagchen Rinpoche remained in meditation until May 5th.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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