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)

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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.

Completed—Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will give empowerments in Arcadia, California on October 3rd, 2015

September 19, 2015 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerments of Two-Armed Black Mahakala, Six-Armed White Mahakala, and a Ngondro Transmission. For details, please click to go to the website for Tsechen Chokhor Ling.

Completed–CELEBRATION OF H.H. SAKYA TRIZIN’S BIRTHDAY on MONDAY, SEPT. 7 at 9:00 am

August 1, 2015 by  
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This information is from Bay Area Tsechenling. CLICK on the image below to enlarge it.

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***** HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY to VEN. LAMA KUNGA THARTSE RINPOCHE ***** Wishes for continuing long-life and good health

Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche, originally from Ngor Monastery in Tibet, has kindly and generously shared his dharma wisdom with us in many ways for over forty years. We are infinitely grateful for Rinpoche’s display of patience and compassion, his profound teachings, his heartfelt empowerments, and his enduring patience.  Over the years, Rinpoche has kindly instructed students in Tibetan cooking as readily as in spoken and literary Tibetan language. We learn from him how to make tormas and treasure vases. He performs marriage ceremonies and conducts tsoks. He translates and interprets sadhanas and texts, guiding us in our understanding of them.  And especially, he imparts how and why to practice the Bodhisattva path of Vajrayana, measuring the teaching for each individual student. How fortunate we are to have such a wonderful Lama in our midst, and that we could meet him !

Rinpoche’s 80th birthday is on July 25, 2015.  Let’s honor his continuing presence and show our appreciation.

SAY LONG LIFE PRAYERS—You may find the long and short versions of Ven. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE’S Long Life Prayer on this website, as follows: On the front page, go to the yellow horizontal bar–Sakya School. From the pull-down menu there, stop at Prayers and move to the right for the prayer.

MAKE A DONATION TO EWAM CHODEN—Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche founded this Center and continues to lead it.  The Center is sustained by donations.  Use the PayPal link on the right side of the front page or send a check to make your special Birthday gift donation. (All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged.)   This is the best birthday gift to Rinpoche (other than dharma practice).

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Monthly Group HEVAJRA Sadhana Practice at Ewam Choden

October 26, 2014 by  
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There is a continuous group practice of the middle-length sadhana of Hevajra on the first Sunday of (almost) every month.  It begins at about 1:00 pm.  Participants must have received the Hevajra Cause and Path Empowerments from a Sakya Lama in order to participate.  For more information, please contact Mike at (510) 526-6867.

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COMPLETED–Ven. LAMA JAMPA THAYE TEACHES AT EWAM CHODEN ON NOVEMBER 1-2, 2014 CLICK HERE for all information.

October 25, 2014 by  
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SCHEDULE for the Teachings 

SATURDAY, NOV 1—10:30 am  to 12:30 pm   *Lunch Break*    2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

SUNDAY, NOV 2——1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

REQUESTED DONATION AMOUNT —  $40 per day or $60 for both days.      Pre-registration isn’t necessary, but please arrive prior to the starting time.

ABOUT THE TEACHING    
Lama Jampa has kindly offered to teach 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 ).

He will teach from the untranslated commentary of Tokmé Zangpo, (ཐོགས་མེད་བཟང་པོ), who lived from 1297 to 1371.

Training the Mind in Seven Points  is the famous Lo-jong (mind-training) (བློ་སྦྱོང་)  text that Atisha, (982–1054 CE), the Indian meditation master,  brought to Tibet. An explanation of Buddha’s instructions on training the mind, it outlines in basic steps, the attitudes and practices to be used in daily life. It shows the way to combine ordinary behavior with the highest view.

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 Trizin 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.

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.
The main website for his centers is www.dechen.org.

When Lama Jampa visited Ewam Choden last year, he taught on the history of the Rime movement and on comparing the views of emptiness in Rangton and Shangton.

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