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





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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COMPLETED—HER EMINENCE JETSUN KUSHOK Uncommon White Tara July 11-13, 2015

Together with Sakya Dechen Ling, the Bay Area seat for Her Eminence, we are pleased to jointly present teachings by Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok. 

Vajrayogini Blessing and Tsok  on July 11, 2015, at 2 pm.  Prerequisite: Without exception, people receiving this blessing for the first time from a Sakya lama must have already received a major empowerment of Hevajra or Cakrasamvara from a Sakya lama.  This event is sponsored by Sakya Dechen Ling.

Green Tara Initiation on July 13, 2015,  at 7 pm.  There are no prerequisites. However, you must maintain a vegetarian diet for the entire day of the empowerment, prior to it.  This event is sponsored by Sakya Dechen Ling.


Uncommon White Tara Initiation on July 12, 2015, at 10:30 am at Ewam Choden.  Prerequisite: Without exception, people receiving this empowerment must have received a major empowerment, such as Hevajra, Cakrasamvara, or the recent Vajrakilaya empowerment, from a Sakya lama. This event will be held at Ewam Choden.  The REGISTRATION  is  $65.00

THIS REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON JULY 7 AT 11:59 PM.  Attendance is limited because of the space.





Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok Chimey Luding, the sister of His Holiness Sakya Trizin, is the greatest female Vajrayana lama of our time. CLICK HERE to visit her extensive biography at website for Sakya Dechen Ling






REGISTRATION for Heart Sutra with Khenpo Migmar

July 28, 2013 by  
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REGISTRATION – H.E. Jetsun Kushok / Aug 9-13, 2013

June 14, 2013 by  
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To register for Uncommon White Tara Empowerment and Teaching, CLICK HERE



Completed–H.E. JETSUN KUSHOK at Ewam Choden in August 2013

June 13, 2013 by  
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Together with Sakya Dechen Ling,, Ewam Choden will host teachings by the venerable and inspirational teacher, Her Eminence Jetsun Kushok, on August 9 through August 13. Please note below the prerequisites for two empowerments.

UNCOMMON WHITE TARA Empowerment and Instruction–Aug. 9 to 11,
A public blessing empowerment of GREEN TARA–Aug. 10,
VAJRAYOGINI Empowerment and short teaching at Ewam Choden–Aug. 12 to 13.


Click here for more detailed information and requirements for the events.





April 20, 2013 by  
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Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will kindly bestow the empowerment of  goddess Tashi Tseringma at Ewam Choden on Sunday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m.
   Tashi Tseringma and the four other mountain goddesses with her are known as The Five Sisters of Long Life.
Tamed by Padmasabhava and others, they vowed to Milarepa to protect the Dharma and Dharma practitioner.
You may receive their blessings and protection through this unusual empowerment that also has a connection with Vajrayogini.



Please arrive early in order to register, and as usual, be considerate of our neighbors when parking.  This event is open to anyone. The requested donation is $30.   Dana (offering) to the Lama and to the monastics (our assisting nun and monk) is separate.


April 18, 2013 by  
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HIS HOLINESS SAKYA TRIZIN  will kindly and generously visit Ewam Choden and give teachings on May 4 & 5.

On Saturday morning, May 4th, His Holiness will bestow the empowerment of Vajrapani Bhutadamara.

This will take place at
The Arlington Community Church in Kensington, CA at 10:30 a.m.  The requested donation is $30.00. Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate. Please arrive early to register.

On Saturday evening, May 4th,  at  7:00 p.m., His Holiness will give a public talk on the subject, “Freeing the Heart and Mind: Introduction to the Buddhist Path.
Everyone is welcome.
The admission is $20.00, $10.00 seniors and students.
This will also take place at The Arlington Community Church in Kensington, CA.

LOCATION  of both (above) events — The Arlington Community Church is at 52 Arlington Ave. in Kensington.  Wheelchair accessible with convenient parking nearby (in the area and across the street).


On Sunday, May 5th, His Holiness will meet the Tibetan community.  He will bestow a Long-Life Empowerment and give a talk in Tibetan.  The organizer is the SF Bay area Tibetan Sakya group (presented by Bay Area Tsechen Ling).

The location is the Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
The time is 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the doors open at noon.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin is the 41st throne holder of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism, and has been the supreme head of its many disciples for over fifty years. He is a descendent of the great masters who founded the order in 1073 and is considered to be an emanation of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of transcendental wisdom. 
He has been praised by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as ‘King of Vajrayana practitioners,’ and is renowned throughout the world for the brilliance and clarity of his teachings and his fluency and precise command of English.
Receiving teachings directly from His Holiness carries a special lineage of blessings from the founders of the Sakya Order, as well as from Manjushri himself.

HHSThat                                                                                             His Holiness the Sakya Trizin

Vajrapani_Bhutadamara                                                                                                Vajrapani Bhutadamara

HHSTBOOKtwo                                                                His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s Book

COMPLETED–LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE teaches in the SAN DIEGO area on April 13 and 14, 2013

March 23, 2013 by  
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Lama Kunga Rinpoche will bestow empowerments at Drikung Kyobpa Choling.

Empowerments of White Mahakala and Medicine Buddha will be given on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Chenresig Meditation and Tsok Offering will take place on Sunday, April 14, 2013.

(Click link below for more information.)

Drikung Kyobpa Choling , Escondido, CA 


LKR at Drikung KC Flyer


Passing of a dear friend of EC

January 21, 2012 by  
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It is with great sadness that Ewam Choden announces the passing of Wolfgang Saumweber.
Wolf succumbed to cancer this morning January 21st.

Wolf was a student of Lama Kunga Rinpoche and a great friend and supporter of our community. A dedicated dharma practitioner, he particularly benefited our Center by working with Lama Kunga Rinpoche on the editing of sadhanas. His elaborate and colorful layouts are now the standard for EC sadhanas.

Wolf also created and maintained Ewam Choden’s first website and generously established numerous Vajrayana websites

Wolfgang will be greatly missed.

We ask for your prayers to assist him during this transition, and may all the great works he performed bring benefit to him,  his wife Linda, and his family.

His Holiness Dalai Lama with Wolf

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