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.  (



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. 


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.




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.

HH Dagchen Rinpoche

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.

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,   His other website for his Buddhist center, Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies, is





A NEW CLASS–Introduction to the Uttaratantra or Sublime Continuum: Maitreya’s treatise on Buddha-nature–CONTINUES THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm

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NOTE  New class members, who didn’t attend the first meeting, are welcome. Everyone should email the instructor for information and materials at


Introduction to the Uttaratantra or Sublime Continuum: Maitreya’s treatise on Buddha-nature led by John Whitney Pettit, scholar and practitioner.  Six (or seven) classes on Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 pm. The start date is April 7. .  Course materials will include excerpts of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s commentary on the Uttaratantra, and Pettit’s outline of the Uttaratantra, excerpted and translated from the Uttaratanttra commentary of Rongton Sheja Kunrig.  Requested donation to EC of $25 ($100 for all six)  per class. Open to all.


John Whitney Pettit has been a student of many Tibetan and other Buddhist teachers, especially the first Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He holds advanced degrees in religion and Buddhist Studies from Harvard and Columbia University, and is the author of Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty (Wisdom, 1999). Since 2005,  he has researched and translated Tibetan commentaries on the topic of Buddha-nature, which are the subject of a forthcoming volume to be published by the Institute of Tibetan Classics.  He is currently in residence at Ewam Choden.

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Completed–ANNUAL HIMALAYAN FAIR, May 21 & 22, 2016

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Founded in 1983 by Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Arlene Blum, the annual Himalayan Fair continues to provide entertainment, food, crafts and other wares, education, altruistic support, and all-around fun. As usual, we will have a booth at the Fair, and Lama Kunga Rinpoche will be present (some of the time).  Hours are Saturday, May 21st from about 10 am to 5 pm or later, and Sunday, May 22nd from 10 am to 5 pm.  See http://www, for information about the Himalayan Fair.   SEE YOU THERE !

completed–SPECIAL LOSAR (Tibetan New Year) MEDITATION, PRAYERS, and BLESSINGS on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

January 30, 2016 by  
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VENERABLE LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE will lead everyone in special practices to welcome the Tibetan New Year and pray for the peace and happiness of all beings.   Everyone is welcome.  It is the year of the MALE FIRE MONKEY.  Be on time at 10 am.  (There will be New Year snacks, too.)


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
Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27

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