Successfully completed–HEVAJRA Empowerment with Thartse Khen Rinpoche July 19-20, 2022

HEVAJRA  (ཀྱེའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་)  is the main deity of the Sakya tradition and its practice is the focus of the Lamdre teachings. This empowerment may be taken either as a practice or as a blessing.

This Empowerment will be In-person and will not be Livestreamed.

Preparation Day / Tuesday, July 19 2pm – 4pm
Main Initiation / Wednesday, July 20 2pm – 6pm

Note: All times refer to California, USA, Pacific Daylight Time
Please arrive no later than 30 minutes before each session
No one can be admitted after the start of the Preparation Day or the Empowerment day.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS OF THIS EMPOWERMENT

LOCATION:
Gyuto Foundation
15 minutes north of Ewam Choden
6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, CA.

COVID ACCOMMODATIONS:
Large shrine room with adequate spacing and ventilation.
Nonetheless, Masks are required.

TOTAL ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED TO 100 PERSONS

25 PLACES are allocated to people who have not received this empowerment from a Sakya lama.

The remaining 75 PLACES are available to people who have already received this empowerment from a Sakya lama.

THIS WILL NOT BE LIVESTREAMED and WILL BE IN-PERSON ONLY

EVERYONE MUST PRE-REGISTER USING THE FORM BELOW.

On the form, please indicate if you’ve already received Hevajra from a Sakya lama, or if this empowerment is new to you.

$108 PER PERSON

Payment will be processed by PayPal Account or by Credit Card via PayPal (PayPal account not needed). Please continue to Pay after completing the Registration Form. If necessary, please arrange directly with Ewam Choden for other means of payment.

COMPLETED-SAKYA NORTH AMERICAN MONLAM JULY 15-17, 2022

NOTICE of the Fifth Annual Sakya North American Monlam for World Peace with H.H. Sakya Trichen  (41) and H.H. Sakya Trizin (42) .

The term Monlam means the path of aspiration and is a form of prayer. During a Monlam, the participants recite prayers with the aspiration to liberate all sentient beings from suffering and for all to achieve enlightenment.

PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION.

https://www.facebook.com/NorthAmericanSakyaMonlam/

SAKA DAWA—SACRED and CELEBRATORY MONTH from May 31 thru June 29,2022 – Special Day is June 14, full moon day

May 31, 2022 by  
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During this period, we commemorate the Birth, the Enlightenment, and the Parinirvana (passing on) of the Buddha. 

OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI SHAKYAMUNI SVAHA


  The most holy day is the day of the full moon (the 15th Tibetan day), which is on Tuesday, June 14. 


During this entire period, the merit of all good that you think or do 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 thoughts are also multiplied. 


Therefore, this is a perfect time to be focused on and dedicated to spiritually and ethically positive thinking and behavior.

WHAT TO DO
Here are some suggestions of what we might do during Saka Dawa.

*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. 
*Recite long-life prayers for your gurus.
*Light incense and candles, place water bowls, and dedicate them to the Three Jewels. 
*Read biographies of the Mahasiddhas and of great Lamas. 
*Save and assist animals and insects.
*Be kind and patient with all people.

*Eat vegetarian or vegan. <–This is recommended by Lama Kunga RInpoche, especially on June 14th.
*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 14th.   
*Do purification practices, such as, Vajrasattva or Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas.
*Spend a couple of days eating like an ordained person, which means, don’t eat after 1:00 pm. 
*Recite food offering prayers before you take food, and visualize the offering to the Three Jewels.
*With a view of emptiness, dedicate the merit of everything you do to all sentient beings.

                                   
For a copy of the Food Prayer used at Ewam Choden click HERE.

BIRTHDAY WISHES and LONG LIFE PRAYERS For HIS HOLINESS the 41st SAKYA TRICHEN

September 6, 2021 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche with the Sangha and friends of Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Center send prayers and wishes for the long life and good health of His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trizin.

May you continue to benefit countless beings in many ways.

Here is a link to His Holiness’ long life prayer.

LINK https://bf812545-ca0b-47fd-943a-83519625ddd2.filesusr.com/ugd/5ef71c_f2ec0e04dc974ef981c7c9d56dad24a5.pdf?index=true

Activity Completed–Have a rich, resourceful, and righteous New Year! LOSAR MEDITATION, TEACHING, and ACTIVITIES on ZOOM with Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche on Sunday, February 14, 2021

February 4, 2021 by  
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༄༅།།ལོ་གསར་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ།   

It’s time to welcome a new year according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the year of the METAL OX, 2148.

It is said that the OX represents stability, loyalty, and trustworthiness. In some Buddhist paintings, an ox and its herder show the path to realize our Buddha nature.
After a unique year of challenging difficulty for people throughout the world, we can look for an improvement.

Although the Ewam Choden Center has to remain closed. we are all very fortunate for Lama Kunga Rinpoche’s presence at Ewam Choden and we are grateful for his kind and inspiring Sunday morning compassion meditation sessions.

We are grateful for your continued support and encourage you to maintain your membership in the Center and to please be generous with your donations. The Center is in need particularly because of the lack of large events with visiting teachers during the past year. TO DONATE: Select the DONATE button on the front page of this website.

TO LOGIN TO THE LOSAR ZOOM MEDITATION ON SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 14, 2021 AT 10:00 am Pacific Time (US),

Please go to the page for ZOOM MEDITATION on the front page of this website.

completed–SAKA DAWA—SACRED and CELEBRATORY MONTH from May 23, 2020 – Special Day is June 5, full moon day

April 1, 2020 by  
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LKR offer khatak

 Click on photos to enlarge them.

Flower

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, starting on May 23 in the year 2020.  The most holy day is the day of the full moon (15th Tibetan day), which is June 5th.  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 visualize the offering to the Three Jewels.

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

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

Bodhgaya   and   Sarnath

Bodhigaya              LKR Sarnath       

Buddha statue

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

CANCELLATION OF ALL EVENTS AT EWAM CHODEN until further notice – posted on 3/13/20

March 13, 2020 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga RInpoche wants you to know that he is sorry we have to do this.
He wants everyone to be as safe and healthy as possible.
On the other hand, we want our precious Lama to be as safe and healthy as possible.
Therefore, Sunday compassion meditation, empowerments, classes, and all other activities at Ewam Choden will not be conducted for the time being.
We’ll send an announcement of any change.

Meanwhile, you may do the (Sunday) Chenrezig meditation at home, saying prayers and mantras for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Send an email if you have any comment or question.  info@ewamchoden.org

Completed—ANNUAL MEMORIAL PRAYERS on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden

October 7, 2019 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will conduct the annual Memorial Prayer service at Ewam Choden.

Annually, Ewam Choden holds 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.
You may bring a photo of a special person or animal you wish to include.   You may bring tea candles or flowers to set up near the shrine.   The gathering begins at 7 p.m. and lasts for one and a half to two hours.


 

Completed–LOSAR (Tibetan New Year) ORACLE SOUP PARTY on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020, 7:00 pm, at Ewam Choden.

October 7, 2019 by  
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Welcome to the Tibetan New Year Celebrations at Ewam Choden !
༄༅།།ལོ་གསར་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ།      Losar La Tashi Delek    New Year’s Greetings!   
The new year is 2147, the year of the Male Iron Rat.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME !

FRIDAY EVENING, 2/21/19 at 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden:   ORACLE SOUP POTLUCK PARTY

Everyone is welcome to a LOSAR potluck party at Ewam Choden on Friday, February 21st at 7:00 pm.  From the Oracle Soup, you will receive a special dumpling in which your unique fortune for the new year can be found.  Join Rinpoche and Sangha friends for a delicious potluck meal.


TIBETAN LOSARoracle (1)

Completed—NEW YEAR’S EVE PRAYERS on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31st, 2019 at EWAM CHODEN at 11:00 pm

October 5, 2019 by  
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Pray for compassion and peace, health and prosperity as you ring in the solar new year 2020.

 On Tuesday, December 31st, starting at 11:00 p.m., Lama Kunga Rinpoche will lead some meditation and the recitation of auspicious prayers.

Everyone will welcome the New Year with light refreshments, and wishes of peace and joy for all sentient beings. 

Everyone is welcome.

new years 2020

Prayer Wheel

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