Completed happily—PARTY TO CELEBRATE VEN. LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE’S 83rd BIRTHDAY on Sunday, July 29, 2018

June 2, 2018 by  
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YOU’RE INVITED TO A POTLUCK PICNIC PARTY !   

COME TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE THE 83nd BIRTHDAY OF VEN. LAMA KUNGA THARTSE RINPOCHE

DATE:  Sunday, July 29, 2018
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 parking. 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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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—REGISTER HERE–H.H. the 42nd SAKYA TRIZIN, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, gives CHAKRASAMVARA Empowerment May 7-8, 2018

March 17, 2018 by  
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EWAM CHODEN is happy to announce that His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, head of the Sakya school, has kindly accepted our invitation to visit and bestow:

THE EMPOWERMENT OF CHAKRASAMVARA (Khorlo Demchok) in the Nagpopa Tradition (Krishnacharya).  

This is an Anuttarayoga empowerment, the highest in Vajrayana Buddhism.

His name means Wheel of Highest Bliss-Union.  Chakrasamvara is the consort of Vajrayogini.


BENEFIT NOTE:  This high empowerment has no prerequisite excerpt for having taken Refuge from a Lama.
However, the Cakrasamvara Empowerment fulfills the prerequisite for a Vajrayogini empowerment by a Sakya Lama.   If you haven’t received the empowerment of Vajrayogini by a Sakya Lama, and you intend to when it is available, by all means, it would be valuable to receive this Cakrasamvara empowerment.  Furthermore, on August 4 & 5, 2018, His Holiness the Sakya Trichen (41st Sakya Trizin) will bestow the Empowerment of Vajra Nairatmya. The prerequisite for that empowerment is also fulfilled by receiving Cakrasamvara.

DATES MONDAY, MAY 7 and TUESDAY May 8, 2018   (Both days are required for the empowerment.)

TIMES:  Monday–7:00 pm to 9:00 pm  and  Tuesday–3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Everyone is welcome.  There is no prerequisite besides having received Refuge from a Lama.  (There might be a brief Refuge ceremony given by His Holiness.)

LOCATION: The Gyuto Foundation Shrine Room, 6401 Bernhard Ave, Richmond, CA 94805  DO NOT CONTACT THAT CENTER about this event !!! 


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THE CAKRASAMVARA EMPOWERMENT

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.   The number of attendees is limited to 225 total registered. 

REGISTER AND PAY HERE:

CLICK For Online Payment by PayPal or by Credit Card facilitated by PayPal

Payment by Check is now Closed due proximity of event date- Please use Online Payment.

COST:  $160.00    Dana (offering) to the Lama is separate.  Complimentary for ordained Sangha but please Register to reserve your seat.


ABOUT THE 42nd SAKYA TRIZIN, head of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism

His Holiness the 42nd Kyabgon Gongma Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, is the eldest son of His Holiness Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin).  He is considered one of the most highly qualified lineage masters of Tibetan Buddhism.

Renowned for his erudition and the clarity of his teachings, His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin  is from the prestigious Khön family, whose successive generations have provided an unbroken lineage of outstanding masters. (Please view this video–scroll down– for historical information, http://www.glorioussakya.org/history/sakya-lineage/ )
On March 9, 2017, His Holiness accepted the mantle of leadership from his esteemed father and root guru, in his new capacity as the 42nd Sakya Trizin or throne holder of the lineage. In doing so, he will continue to guide and inspire Dharma students from all over the world with his wisdom, genuine qualities of unaffected simplicity, humility and complete honesty, by presenting the Buddha’s teachings in the most authentic way, while maintaining the purest of Buddhist traditions.
 

His Holiness Ratna Vajra Rinpoche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COMPLETED—His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s Events on the North American Pacific Coast

March 5, 2018 by  
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION AND CONVENIENCE, HERE IS A LIST OF
EVENTS ON THE PACIFIC COAST WITH HIS HOLINESS THE 42nd SAKYA TRIZIN.

CLICK on LINKS BELOW for ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC INFORMATION for EACH EVENT.

HIS HOLINESS THE 42nd SAKYA TRIZIN visits the North American Pacific Coast

VANCOUVER, B.C. Canada
Sakya Tsechen Thubten Ling
www.sakyatsechenthubtenling.org
4/28/18—Chenrezig King’s Tradition Empowerment with Teaching
4/29/18—White Tara Empowerment and Green Tara Empowerment

VICTORIA, B.C. Canada
Victoria Buddhist Dharma Society
http://victoriabuddhistdharmasociety.org
4/24-25/18—-Buddhism and the Environment, public talk and Green Tara Empowerment

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
SAKYA MONASTERY
www.sakya.org
4/30 to 5/3/18
Lam Chod prayers in memory of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang
Kalachakra Empowerment—2 days
Register on the website

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

general sponsor—Bay Area Pal TsechenLing
http://bayareapaltsechenling.org
5/4/18—Receive His Holiness at the airport

Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC)
www.tanc.org
5/5/18—Introduction of Tibetan Buddhism and Blessing of everyone

Bay Area Pal TsechenLing  
http://bayareapaltsechenling.org
5/6/18—Dorjee Phurba (Vajrakilaya) Blessing Empowerment and Public Talk

EWAM CHODEN
www.ewamchoden.org
5/7/18 & 5/8/18—Cakrasamvara (Khorlo Demchok) Empowerment (Nagpopa)
Registration is necessary and begins on 3/1/2018 on the website

SAKYA DECHEN LING
www.sakyadechenling.com
5/9/18—Sakya Pandita Manjushri Guru Yoga Blessing Empowerment
Registration is necessary.

LOS ANGELES AREA

DECHEN.US    Sakya Buddhist Center (Lama Jampa Thaye)
SANTA MONICA, CA
www.dechen.us
https://www.dechen.us/whats-on/buddhist-teachings-los-angeles/
5/11/18
Empowerment of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava)
Talk on the Power of Buddhism
Registration on the website is necessary.

TSECHEN CHOKHOR LING, The Los Angeles Sakya Center for Buddhist Studies & Meditation
LOS ANGELES, CA
www.sakyacenterla.org
5/12/18—Rigsum Gonpo Empowerment (three Bodhisattvas)
5/13/18—Chime Phakme Nyingtik Long-Life Empowerment
5/13/18—Vajrapani Bhutadamara Empowerment

Completed – ANNUAL MEMORIAL PRAYERS at Ewam Choden, Nov. 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

November 14, 2017 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 – NEW YEAR’S EVE PRAYERS at Ewam Choden on Dec. 31, 2017 from 11:00 pm

November 13, 2017 by  
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Pray for compassion and peace, health and prosperity.

 On Sunday, December 31st, starting at 11:00 p.m., Lama Kunga Rinpoche will lead some meditation and the recitation of auspicious prayers. Then, everyone will welcome the New Year with light refreshments, and wishes of peace and joy for all sentient beings. 

Everyone is welcome.

Completed—LOSAR ORACLE SOUP PARTY, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 and SUNDAY PRAYERS, Feb. 18, 2018

November 5, 2017 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 year is 2145, the male earth dog.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME !

FRIDAY EVENING, 2/16/18 at 7:00 pm at Ewam Choden  ORACLE SOUP PARTY
Everyone is welcome to a LOSAR potluck party at Ewam Choden on Friday, February 16th at 7:00 pm.  From the Oracle Soup, you will receive a special dumpling in which your unique fortune can be found. Join Rinpoche and Sangha friends for a delicious potluck meal.

SUNDAY MORNING, 2/18/18  SPECIAL MEDITATION, Prayers for Peace, Health, and Happiness for all Beings  Ven. Lama Kunga Thartse Rinpoche will lead the usual Chenrezig compassion meditation and, following tradition, there will be special recitations and prayers.   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—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 – LOSAR TIBETAN NEW YEAR — Oracle Soup Party

February 6, 2017 by  
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Everyone is welcome to a LOSAR potluck party at Ewam Choden on Friday, February 24th at 7:00 pm.  The Oracle Soup provides special dumplings in which your unique fortune can be found.

 

COMPLETED – MAITREYA FESTIVAL with BLESSING of Maitreya Buddha-NOV 5TH, 2016 at Tharpa Cho Ling

October 19, 2016 by  
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There will be a Maitreya Festival in Upper Lake, California.  Everyone is welcome

The Maitreya festival will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 5th at Tharpa Cho Ling.  First, Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche will kindly bestow a Maitreya Empowerment blessing for which a donation will be requested.  After the empowerment there will be a circumambulation of the Tharpa Cho Ling land.  The parade will consist of persons blowing conches, ringing bells, bearing incense, holding banners, umbrellas, statues and 12 volumes of the Prajnaparamita Sutra.  After the circumambulations are completed,  participants will sit down to a potluck feast.  The focus of the festival is World peace, loving kindness and the prayer that Maitreya will come quickly to this ravaged planet. (information from Max Butler, Tharpa Cho Ling coordinator)

THARPA CHO LING is Ewam Choden’s retreat center in Upper Lake, California.  It is described on the website home page. After it was created, a local sangha group formed around it. These members hold a weekly Saturday morning Chenrezig meditation in the beautiful shrine room.  Periodically, Lama Kunga Rinpoche goes there to lead the meditation, and occasionally gives empowerments.  This Maitreya Festival with an Empowerment is a rare opportunity.

The location in Upper Lake is about 2 1/2 hours by car from the Bay area.  If you are interested in attending, please send an email to Ewam Choden for directions.  (info@ewamchoden.org)

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completed–PRAYERS TO COMMEMORATE SACHEN KUNGA NYINGPO, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 pm

October 17, 2016 by  
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Ven. Lama Kunga Rinpoche and members of Ewam Choden will join the Tibetan Sakya Community for a memorial of the great Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (Tibetan: ས་ཆེན་ཀུན་དགའ་སྙིང་པོ་) on the day of his Parinirvana.    Everyone is welcome. The day is Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The starting time 7:00 pm. The location is Ewam Choden.

Sachen Kunga Nyingpo was the first of the great five patriarchs of the Sakya lineage. The son of Khon Konchok Gyalpo, he was the 3rd Sakya Trizin. He lived from 1092 to 1158.  When he was still a youth, meditating in retreat under the guidance of Bari Lotsawa, he saw Manjushri and received from him the teaching known as,  Lojong Shenpa Shidrel or Mind Training of Parting from the Four Attachments.

If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner;
If you are attached to saṃsāra, you have no renunciation;
If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhicitta;
If there is grasping, you do not have the View.

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