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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Completed–EMPOWERMENT of BEGTSE by VEN.LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm. at Ewam Choden

September 17, 2016 by  
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VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE will kindly bestow the Empowerment of Begtse on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 1:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. 

The requested donation is $30.  Dana (offerings) to the Lama and monastics are separate.  Please arrive early to register.

Begtse (Sanskrit, Prana Atma) is a fierce protector (dharmapala) of the Sakyapa, and later associated with Mongolia. Begtse wears the armor of a warrior and is surrounded by the flames of pristine awareness.

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Completed successfully! VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE WILL GIVE EMPOWERMENTS OF 21 TARAS in the Atisha tradition on DEC. 2-4, 2016 at Ewam Choden

September 17, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the entire 21 Tara series of Empowerments in the Atisha tradition on Friday, Dec. 2nd in the evening, and during the day, on Saturday the 3rd and on Sunday the 4th.   Everyone is welcome.  These empowerments may be received as a blessing.  For people interested in practice, there will be sadhanas (practice booklets) available for each of the 21 Taras.

It is necessary to register and pay for the entire series.  The donation amount is $375.00.  The Dana (offering) to the Lama and monastic at the end is separate.

PARTICIPANTS SHOULD FOLLOW A VEGETARIAN DIET WITHOUT GARLIC OR ONION ON THE DAYS OF THE EMPOWERMENTS.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME FOR THE START TIMES.

Completed Friday, DEC 2     6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This teaching will begin with opening prayers and empowerments on two aspects of Tara.

Saturday, DEC 3    9:00 am Start to 6:30 pm (estimate)

This day will include Ten empowerments.

There will be a break for lunch, so attendees may bring something to eat.

 Sunday, DEC 4    9:00 am to 5 pm  Followed by a small Tsok

This day will include Nine empowerments.

There will be a break for lunch, so attendees may bring something to eat.

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TARA IS A (female) BODHISATTVA  (Sanskrit: तारा, tārā; Tibetan སྒྲོལ་མ = Drolma) also known as Ārya Tārā, or Jetsun Dolma.

Each of her 21 emanations has her own mantra and enlightened quality including protection, pacification, purification, rescue, healing, and varieties of assistance to practitioners on many levels.  Tara is sometimes called the mother of the Buddhas. She is associated with Chenrezig and with Amitabha Buddha. There is a 21 verse prayer of praises to each Tara emanation, describing her qualities, which is recited in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Completed–VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE WILL GIVE A VAJRAYOGINI BLESSING at Ewam Choden – Sunday, OCT 30, 2016

September 16, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow the Blessing of Vajrayogini  at Ewam Choden on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.    This event has a strict prerequisite.  In order to receive it,  you must have already received an empowerment of Hevajra or of Chakrasamvara from a Sakya lama.  This prerequisite applies even if you have already received Vajrayogini from a non-Sakya Lama.

The requested donation is $62.00. Dana (offerings) to the Lama and monastics are separate.  The location is the Ewam Choden Center.  Please arrive early to register.  Please be considerate of neighbors when parking on the street.

 

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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–The EMPOWERMENT of PALDEN LHAMO, will be given by VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 1:00 pm

September 15, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche  will kindly bestow the empowerment of Palden Lhamo at Ewam Choden on Sunday, Sept, 25th.  The time is 1:00 p.m.  The requested donation is $30.00. Dana (offerings to the Lama and monastic) is separate.  This event is open to everyone.  Please arrive early to register, and be considerate of neighbors when parking.  Directions to Ewam Choden can be found elsewhere on this website.

Palden Lhamo (Shri Devi) is the only female among the Dharmapalas, defenders and protectors of the Buddhadharma and practitioners. It is a great blessing to receive the empowerment of this unique protector.

PALDEN LHAMO

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