Completed Happily–PARTY TO CELEBRATE VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE’S 82nd BIRTHDAY on Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 15, 2017 by  
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YOU’RE INVITED TO A POTLUCK PICNIC PARTY !   

COME TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THE 82nd BIRTHDAY OF VEN. LAMA KUNGA THARTSE RINPOCHE

DATE:  Sunday, July 23, 2017
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 parkng. 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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                              Lama Kunga Rinpoche in India, March 2017

 

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—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   

CANCELLED—EMPOWERMENT OF VAJRA NAIRATMYA by H.E. JETSUN KUSHOK / August 25 and 26, 2016

June 21, 2016 by  
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We regret to announce that this event has been cancelled because Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok isn’t able to travel to California right now.

Any further information will be announced when it is available.


 

EMPOWERMENT OF NAIRATMYA on August 25th and 26th.    Vajra Nairatmya རྡོ་རྗེ་བདག་མེད་མ།  is the ego-less woman, the partner of Hevajra.

LIMITED REGISTRATION — READ ON CAREFULLY


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION–REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW ONLY FOR PEOPLE WHO MEET THIS PREREQUISITE—You must have previously received an empowerment either of Cakrasamvara or Hevajra from a Sakya Lama.

The limit of 25 “New” participants (never received Hevajra or Chakrasamvara only from a Sakya Lama)  has been reached.   If you are a “new” person and wish to be on a waiting list, send an email to Ewam Choden ( info@ewamchoden.org) . If someone cancels, the waiting list will be used.  People who fulfill the requirement may register now.

DATES, TIMES, PLACE INFORMATION   The dates and times for this empowerment are Thursday, August 25 at 7 pm and Friday, August 26 at 4 pm.  Plan ahead so that you can arrive in time. 
The total donation amount is $140. Dana (offerings) are separate.  

The location is the Gyuto Foundation in Richmond Heights, CA which is 10 minutes north of Ewam Choden.   DO NOT CONTACT the Gyuto Foundation since it is  our venue. 

You can see A MAP to the location CLICK here.  There is a parking lot and easy street parking.

REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE BELOW FOR USING PAYPAL AND FOR SENDING A CHECK TO EWAM CHODEN.

 IMPORTANT !  PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  While there are no prerequisites for this empowerment, there are some limitations.  There is a limit of 25 persons who have never received the empowerment of Chakrasamvara or Hevajra from a Sakya Lama.  This refers to a two-day empowerment.  The empowerments of Vajrakilaya or Kalachakra do not qualify for this.   There are no exceptions.

  When you register, you must answer the questions about having received the previous qualifying empowerments.

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(Image of Nairatmya courtesy of Himalayanart.org/items/90017)

CLICK EITHER LINK BELOW to REGISTER

ONLINE PAYMENT

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PAYMENT BY CHECK
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registration by check valid only until Aug 17, 2016)

COMPLETED—ANNOUNCING VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, Sunday, July 24th, 2016

June 20, 2016 by  
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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 healthy life.  

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, July 24, 2016   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 LOOKS FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Completed—Ewam Choden Members Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm Everyone welcome

March 27, 2016 by  
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At the Annual Members Meeting, Lama Kunga Rinpoche and the Ewam Choden Board of Directors report on the state of our Center, which Rinpoche started about 43 years ago.  Members are asked to give requests and make suggestions.  Also, we look forward to including more participants in the many activities and chores around the Center.  Everyone who attends events and studies with Rinpoche is most welcome to attend, but only dues-paying members will vote.

Completed–ANNUAL MEMORIAL PRAYERS on WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, at 7:00 pm

October 31, 2015 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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