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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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 – TEACHING from KHENPO MIGMAR TSETEN, Monday, October 29, 2018 on Wisdom Gone Beyond

August 22, 2018 by  
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We are glad to welcome Khenpo Migmar Tseten, who will teach on PRAJNAPARAMITA  and TANTRA.

Lama Migmar will kindly discuss how the Heart Sutra is complementary to the four foundations of mindfulness meditation and how it is also indispensable in establishing the perfect view of emptiness to practice the creation and completion stages of Deity Yoga in Tantric sadhana practices.     Lama Migmar teaches in clear, fluent English with an empathy and understanding of the needs of students, and he is patient with all questions.

The teaching is on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden.     OPEN to EVERYONE.  Requested donation of $20.  (Offering to the lama is separate.)

ABOUT KHENPO MIGMAR TSETEN
Lama Migmar has been serving Harvard University as a Buddhist Chaplain since 1997. 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, and with first position every nine years among four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He was awarded a medal for academic excellence by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He was also recognized as Khenpo for his scholarship and service to the Dharma by His Holiness Sakya Trizin. 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 in 1990. He leads retreats at Buddhist centers throughout North America and Europe. He has created online teaching programs, and he is the author, editor and translator of a number of books.

For more information about Khenpo Lama Migmar’s background, teaching programs,  and activities, please visit www.lamamigmar.net and www.mangalamstudio.com and 21tara.net
He is also a recent visiting teacher at 1440.org in California.

 

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KHENPO MIGMAR Tara

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—SPECIAL TEACHING FROM LAMA JAMPA THAYE ON SATURDAY, JULY 8 AND SUNDAY JULY 9 AT EWAM CHODEN

June 19, 2017 by  
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Lama Jampa Thaye will teach Instructions on shamata and vipassana meditation (calm abiding and insight meditation) This will be based on The Triple Vision text. He will teach this over the two days. This is a teaching that is of value to meditation practitioners of all levels and experience since it applies to practice up to the highest Vajrayana.

Shamatha, Tibetan  ཞི་གནས་, shyiné–the calm abiding which steadies, composes, unifies and concentrates the mind. 
Vipassanā, Tibetan  ལྷག་མཐོང་, lhaktong—the insight, which enables one to see and understand conditioned phenomena based on the five aggregates and gain insight into the true nature of reality

H.H. Sakya Trichen said, in a teaching on Parting From the Four Attachments, “The actual method of eliminating the afflictions is through the practice of insight wisdom. Before practicing insight wisdom, however, one must first develop a base of concentration meditation, also known as calm-abiding meditation. Altogether, the practice of the fourth line includes three stages: meditation on calm abiding, meditation on insight wisdom, and meditation on the combination of these two.”
“Insight wisdom, or vipassana, itself consists of three steps. The first is to establish all outer objects or outer appearances as the mind and as created by the mind. The second is to establish all mental objects as illusory. The third is to establish all illusions as devoid of inherent nature.”   A Teaching on Sachen Kunga Nyingpo’s Parting from the Four Attachments
by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, from http://www.hhthesakyatrizin.org/teach_fourattach4.html

Open to Everyone.             Requested donation: $40 per day or $60 for both days.  Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate.

SESSION SCHEDULE  on  SATURDAY July 8th and SUNDAY July 9th

10:00 am to 12:00 pm
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Also, Lama Jampa will introduce and sign copies of his new book, Wisdom in Exile: Buddhism for Modern Times on the Saturday afternoon after the teaching.

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ABOUT LAMA JAMPA THAYE
Lama Jampa Thaye is a scholar and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Kagyu traditions by his two principal teachers, His Holiness Sakya Trichen and Karma Thinley Rinpoche.  Born in England in 1952, he became a student of Rinpoche at the age of 20 and met His Holiness a year later.  He has been authorized by these masters to teach Vajrayana and to bestow empowerments.

Lama Jampa obtained his PhD in Tibetan Buddhist history and served as Lecturer of Buddhist Studies and the History of Ideas for over twenty years at the University of Manchester. He was appointed by Karma Thinley Rinpoche as his dharma-regent in 1977 and given the authority to bestow Vajrayana initiations in 1988.  Since then he has traveled extensively giving teachings and initiations and is the author of numerous books and dharma treatises. His many dharma activities include a YouTube channel where his teachings can be heard.
His personal website is http://lamajampa.org/.  The main website for his centers is www.dechen.org and in the USA, it is https://www.dechen.us/

When Lama Jampa previously visited Ewam Choden, he taught on the history of the Rime movement and on comparing the views of emptiness in Rangton and Shangton and on the first two points of the Seven Point Mind Training, which includes the preliminaries and the actual practice of Tong-Len (གཏོང་ལེན་) (giving and taking).

 

Completed—SAKA DAWA SACRED and CELEBRATORY MONTH from May 26 through June 24, 2017 FULL MOON 6/9 & 6/10

May 24, 2017 by  
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The Life of the Buddha

Life of Buddha Thangka                                                                                                                               

SAKA DAWA  In Tibetan, Dawa is moon and Saka is a star that appears with the full moon at this time.  DURING SAKA DAWA, we commemorate the Birth, the Enlightenment, and the Parinirvana (death) of the Buddha. This is the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, falling on May 26 through June 24 in the year 2017.  The most holy day is the day of the full moon (15th Tibetan day), which is June 9th.  During the entire period, the merit of all good that you do or think is multiplied many times, from 100 to 100,000 times to as many as one hundred million times.  On the other hand,  your negative deeds and thought are also multiplied.  Therefore, this is a perfect time to be focused and dedicated to spiritually positive behavior.

WHAT IN PARTICULAR CAN WE DO?  Respectfully clean your shrine and make offerings to the Three Jewels and your shrine space. Practice generosity to all beings. This includes the generosity of forgiving the people and situations that upset and enrage you. Forgive yourself, too, in order to awaken your own Buddha-nature. Practice meditation, especially with compassion and without grasping.  Do any of your Buddhist practices with focus and sincerity.  Light incense and candles, place water bowls, and dedicate them.  Read biographies of the Mahasiddhas and of great Lamas.  Save and assist animals and insects. Be kind and patient with all people.  You can also make mental offerings of all kinds.  Some people take the Eight Mahayana Precepts for a day or more, especially on the full moon day, June 9th.  Eat vegetarian or vegan.  Spend a couple of days eating like an ordained person–nothing to eat after 1 pm.  Recite food offering prayers before you take food, and visualizr the offering.

Here are the traditional Sakya food offering prayers used by Lama Kunga Rinpoche at Ewam Choden.

CLICK ON THE  WORDS AFTER THE ARROW TO OPEN A DOWNLOADABLE PDF FILE    —–>  FOOD OFFERING PRAYERS

FOOD OFFERING PRAYERS

 

 

HERE are relevant photos taken during Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s recent trip to India.

Bodhgaya   and   Sarnath

Bodhigaya              LKR Sarnath       

 

Buddha statue

 

(Thangka photo courtesy of http://www.himalayanart.org/items/30696)

Completed–Annual Memorial Prayers (for all who have passed on), Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 7:00 pm

September 15, 2016 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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Completed KHENPO LAMA PEMA WANGDAK will teach at EC on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm

September 14, 2016 by  
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Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak returns to Ewam Choden for an afternoon of teaching on The First Paramita, generosity (in Tibetan, སབྱིན་པ sbyin-pa) and on The Third Paramita, patience (tolerance, acceptance, endurance) (in Tibetan,  བཟོད་པ bzod-pa).   The teaching may include meditative insight.  Speaking in fluent English, Lama Pema is known to teach with a keen and incisive, and sometimes challenging, presentation.

The starting time is 2:00 p.m.  There is a requested donation of $20.00.  Everyone is welcome.

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ABOUT KHENPO PEMA WANGDAK

Biography of Khenpo Pema Wangdak
Khenpo Pema Wangdak was born in Purang, Tibet in 1954,  and escaped to India as a child in 1959. Having graduated from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Benares, India, he received his Acharya (masters) degree from Sanskrit University in 1980, while studying with the highest Sakya Lamas..  In 1982, he was sent to the West by His Holiness Sakya Trizin,  as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers in America from the Sakya School.
In 1989 Lama Pema founded the Vikramasila Foundation which encompasses several Palden Sakya Centers in New York,  three other states, and in some other countries. Lama 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); Pokara, Nepal (monastic schools for boys); and Pema Ts’al School in New York City, with a curriculum modeled on that of Sakya College, India. The Pema Ts’al School in New York City provides a traditional Buddhist education of monastic training and study, in the format of Western university teaching.
Lama Pema was recognized with the title of “Khenpo” by His Holiness 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. Lama Pema is the first Tibetan ever to have received such an award. Recently, Khenpo Pema has been doing translations of sadhanas for his Holiness Sakya Trizin, as well as, traveling to give teachings in various places. He maintains his focal Centers in New York.
Check out Khenpo Pema’s interesting website at  http://www.vikramasila.org/  and find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaldenSakya   

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